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

Coming In I

2015 \ Oil and collage on board \ 180 x 122cm

Exiting and Entering (A Series of Theatre)

2019-2020 \ Oil on canvas \ F. 182.5 x 243cm

I go in de meedle

2019 \ Oil on canvas \ 76 x 102cm

It's only an entire day

2022 \ Oil on linen \ 168 x 198cm


Morning Procession

2021 \ Oil on linen \ F. 240x180cm

Postcards Addressed to the Interior 9

2019 \ Ink, oil crayon and charcoal on paper \ 64 x 80cm framed

Stevenson Place

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

Stoic Rider

2021 \ Oil on linen \ F. 270 x 130cm

Tesoro I

2022 \ Oil on linen \ 82 x 92cm


Tesoro IV

2022 \ Oil on linen \ 82 x 92cm


The Magnificent Life of Nevia Consalvo

2019 \ Oil on canvas \ 200 x 160cm

The Walk home from the trots

2021 \ Oil on linen \ F. 155 x 116cm

\ News

NH Event

Presenting Jun Chen and Melbourne art fair

17 February 2022

We're thrilled to present a solo presentation by Jun Chen at the 2022 Melbourne Art Fair, on show at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Behind the scenes, we also have a small collection of important works including a limited edition triptych screenprint by Francis Bacon accompanied by Mehwish Iqbal, Nicholas Blowers, James Drinkwater and Blak Douglas.

Join us at stand K6.

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\ Exhibitions featuring James Drinkwater

James Drinkwater


12 April — 30 April 2022


Group Exhibition

14 August — 28 August 2021

James Drinkwater

THE BOXER — When I was young I said my prayers

9 February — 27 February 2021

9 x 5"

Group Exhibition

22 January — 6 February 2021


Group Exhibition

21 January — 6 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
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