James Drinkwater

\ Winner of the 2014 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship \ Represented by Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary at Sydney Contemporary 2017

Born 1983
Lives and works in Newcastle

Artist's CV

Represented by nanda\hobbs

“James Drinkwater’s paintings are distinctly his own. They are richly patterned like an intriguing carpet – the shapes varied and inventive, the colour subtle with strong contrasts of light and dark and warm sonorous passages. The shapes dance – the movement of the boy dancing or of the sea? There are glimpses of the ocean, the beach, the dark rocks or the shadows in a room. As James says they are about memory and intimacy and one’s eye can wander through the paintings imagining a multiplicity of images in this richly layered world”.
Elisabeth Cummings – artist

James Drinkwater is a Newcastle-based artist whose practice traverses painting, sculpture, assemblage and collage. Drinkwater makes work about place, intimacy and memory, using abstraction, colour and mark making for transmission of these preoccupations.

Drinkwater studied at the National Art School, Sydney, before moving to Melbourne and then Germany. His work is held in major public and private collections both nationally and internationally, including the Macquarie Group Collection, Artbank, Allens law firm, the Newcastle Art Gallery, and private collections in New York, Singapore, Germany and the UK. In 2014 Drinkwater won the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship.


James Drinkwater | Looking For Urchins and Louis Ferrari from Nanda\Hobbs on Vimeo.

VIDEO: James Drinkwater painting and discussing his practice ahead of his 2019 exhibition Looking for Urchins and Louis Ferrari

VIEW: Weekend AFR 3 page "special wrap"... “Why artist James Drinkwater has no time for doom and gloom” John McDonald, 21-22 Jan 2017

21 Aug 2017 - Listen to James Drinkwater in conversation with Maria Stoljar on Talking with Painters


\ Artworks

Boxer II

2019 \ Bronze \ 28.5 x 13 x 9cm \ Edition of 12

Bump in the Night

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 125 x 104.5cm


Customs House and Her Working Harbour 2019

2019 \ Oil and enamel on canvas \ 200 x 160cm

Encrusting the Marvellous Heart 13

2015 \ Mixed media on paper \ 59x42cm

Lane Cat with Sardine 2

2019 \ Oil on canvas \ 76 x 102cm


Looking for Urchins and Louis Ferrari

2018 \ Oil on canvas \ 240 x 180cm


Rungli Rungliot 5

2016 \ Oil on handmade paper (framed) \ 42x36cm


The Girl

2018 \ Corten Steel \ 196x123x81cm


The boy

2018 \ Corten Steel \ 216x95x84cm

the firefighter

2020 \ Oil on linen \ 89 x 78.6cm


\ News


Exciting Australian art to buy for your home | The Australian 13/01/21

13 January 2021

50 works by 50 artists — all for sale. Presenting The Australian’s inaugural summer exhibition, a showcase of the most exciting young Australian artists working today. By Amy Campbell.

Read more

\ Exhibitions featuring James Drinkwater

James Drinkwater

THE BOXER — When I was young I said my prayers

9 February — 27 February 2021


Group Exhibition

5 August — 22 August 2020

James Drinkwater


12 September — 15 September 2019

Postcards From Twin Peaks

Paul Ryan & James Drinkwater

13 June — 29 June 2019

Landscape Obscura

Group Exhibition

21 February — 9 March 2019

Summer Show

Group Exhibition

5 December — 22 December 2018

James Drinkwater

Looking for Urchins and Louis Ferrari

9 October — 3 November 2018

Spring Collector Exhibition

Group Exhibition

11 September — 6 October 2018

Summer Exhibition

Group Exhibition

6 December 2017 — 20 January 2018

James Drinkwater

Rungli Rungliot

6 February — 28 February 2017

James Drinkwater

We Are Clumsy Now on This Southern Beach - New Works from the South of France

22 March — 5 April 2016

Brave New World

Group Exhibition

18 August — 28 August 2015

Contact Us

to find out more about James Drinkwater.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm COVID Safe Check-in: As part of the Nanda\Hobbs COVID safety plan, all visitors to the gallery must sign in via the Service NSW QR code.