James Drinkwater

AMERICAN SALT – MONTAUK TO THE BOWERY

25 July — 12 August 2023

Born 1983
Lives and works in Newcastle

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

It was late evening when I arrived with my little family at JFK airport NY, we were then driven out to Montauk to stay in a Stanford White House on a painter’s property whilst they were travelling in Italy. It was a hot night and as we got to the coast, we wound down our windows and the car filled with American salt. Eventually we moved off the road and wound our way up a leaf framed gravel driveway for what felt like those long minutes that only visit when paired with anticipation. The night was liquorice as we approached the house but for the humming glow of light escaping from the leaded windows which played support for the warm pool of light pouring across the porch, down some stairs and onto the soft summer lawn.

I was able to work out there, making some large works in this beautiful studio with no roof, just big dark green walls so the sky and the atmosphere ventilate the experience. The floors are large decking boards so the studio can be hosed and scrubbed down at the end of the day, like being on a ship. As a boy from a coastal city of Australia, I felt good out there by the sea surrounded by American art history and all that proximity to places like the Parrish Museum and the Krasner Pollock house and studio.

I was fortunate enough to make all these paintings and drawings on this very special patch and I was surfing most days and this vitality got inside of me and kind of took over, so by the time we drove into New York I was beside myself. New York, as many people will tell you, just gets under your skin and you really do hit the ground running, looking, absorbing. I got into this habit of coming home from dinner out, getting a bucket of ice from the bar and taking it up to my room to have a whiskey and just draw like crazy in The Bowery Hotel notebooks, I made maybe 300 drawings, a flood of imagery from the intoxicating shock of it all.

What I try to do is set up some kind of connection to the exquisite in the everyday, so I don’t miss the enigma. This really is a discipline because the exquisite can be so fleeting that it can easily be missed. As Lee Krasner said, ‘Painting for me, when it really ‘happens’ is as miraculous as any natural phenomenon - as say, a lettuce leaf.’ So, I just try to make myself available and tune in to a certain frequency that allows me to slow down and celebrate a good, boiled egg in the same way some might celebrate a glass of Barolo. I call them ‘little events’ and they map out the day, and by osmosis, they go into the paintings. The theatre of domestic life is paramount to my work.

James Drinkwater
July, 2023

OPENING DRINKS
Thursday 27 July, 6 - 8pm

\ Exhibition featured works

James Drinkwater

Smalls Jazz Club 1

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 138 x 198cm

SOLD

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Aerial view of the Stage - Smalls Jazz Club

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 183cm

SOLD

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American Salt

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 183cm

SOLD

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American Salt, Study 1

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 54 x 68 x 46cm

SOLD

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Bather the springs (study)

2023 \ Oil and collage on hardboard \ 26 x 41cm

SOLD

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Bather, Long Island

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 78 x 199cm

SOLD

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Bathroom interior, Montauk 2

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 183cm

SOLD

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Bathroom, Long Island

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 183cm

SOLD

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Child by the sea at Montauk point

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 180 x 120 cm

SOLD

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Children of the Hudson 1

2023 \ Oil and collage on hardboard \ 60 x 50cm

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Children of the Hudson 2

2023 \ Oil and collage on hardboard \ 60 x 50cm

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Crossing into Queens

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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Dinner scene Little Italy, NY

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 183 x 122cm

SOLD

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Door keeper (upper east side)

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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Drawing in The Bowery Hotel lobby bar

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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Feast of San Gennaro

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 138 x 122cm

SOLD

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General store and hardware, The Springs

2023 \ Oil on hardboard \ 50 x 122cm

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Hester on 11th Street

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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In a park somewhere in East Hampton

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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Julian with boats for shoes

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 183 x 122cm

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Kissing doors on Great Jones St

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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Midnight (Montauk)

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 183cm

HOLD

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Montauk bather (study)

2023 \ Oil on framed mirror \ 40 x 89cm

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Montauk lighthouse

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112.5 x 112.5cm

SOLD

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Montauk to the Bowery (study)

2023 \ Oil and collage on hardboard \ 60 x 79cm

James Drinkwater

Montauk to the Bowery

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 183cm

SOLD

James Drinkwater

NY Harbour from Dumbo 1

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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NY Maritime

2023 \ Oil on hardboard \ 50 x 70cm

SOLD

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NY Maritime 2

2023 \ Oil on hardboard \ 50 x 70cm

SOLD

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NY Maritime 3

2023 \ Oil and collage on hardboard \ 51 x 60cm

SOLD

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NY harbour, from Dumbo 2

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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New Jersey mechanic

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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New Jersey turnstyle

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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New York City marching band

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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Picking sunflowers on the way to Lee & Jacksons

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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Playing on the bar

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 183 x 122cm

SOLD

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Primary dancer NYC ballet

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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Sailing with Chuck

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 183cm

SOLD

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Surfing the ditch with John P, Montauk

2023 \ Oil on canvas \ 122 x 183cm

James Drinkwater

The grounds of the Noguchi Museum

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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The lower east side 1

2023 \ Oil on hardboard \ 88 x 99cm

SOLD

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The lower east side 2

2023 \ Oil on hardboard \ 92 x 101cm

SOLD

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The lower east side 3

2023 \ Assemblage \ 90 x 60 x 20cm

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The springs

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 183cm

SOLD

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Thompson Square Park

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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Vendors, outside the Met

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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Walking in Manhattan

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

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Yankees fan

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

SOLD

James Drinkwater

Yankees pitcher

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 112cm

\ News

Media

James Drinkwater profiled in current Art Collector magazine

12 July 2023

James Drinkwater is featured in the current edition of Art Collector magazine (JUL - SEP 2023). The eight-page profile by Luke Létourneau with photos by Ben Adams includes anecdotes and insights from Drinkwater about his painting trip to New York last year—the subject of his upcoming Nanda\Hobbs exhibition.

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\ Other exhibitions

Paul Ryan

Le Capitaine

8 February — 24 February 2024

Stephanie Eather

From Vernon Terrace

7 February — 24 February 2024

BEAUTIFUL THINGS

Group Exhibition

18 January — 3 February 2024

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