James Ainslie

modern realism / abstract

James Ainslie’s preferred palette is acrylic paint on paper, with the occasional use of mixed media.
His forte is modern realism, although he also produces abstract art.
Ainslie’s paintings resonate with an inherent passion for the country’s unique beauty, particularly the sandy dunes and reflective waters of Queensland and South Australia.
Ainslie was born in SA in 1950, graduated in art from the South Australian School of Art and has exhibited throughout Australia and overseas since 1975. Sand and water have always inspired his work, harking back to a childhood in South Australia, spent playing around the Coorong and exploring the huge sand tracts around the Murray River. Now living in Noosa, he has turned his attention to the undulating dunes of Fraser Island and the many beaches along the Sunshine Coast shoreline.
Annual visits to Broome ensure that Kakadu and The Kimberley remain strong influences.
Ainslie was regularly an artist in residence at Ayers Rock, and was invited to represent South Australia in London with 6 other artists, and showed at the Museum of Fine Art in Pasadena, U.S.A. with Ainslie Roberts and Garry Duncan. James won the prestigious Camberwell Flora & Fauna Prize in 1990 and was co-winner of the Barossa Valley Heritage Award.
His work is featured in prestigious collections such as Artbank; BP Australia; Reserve Bank of Australia; Mobil Australia; William Hancock collection, San Francisco; Banker’s Trust; Diamond Merchants, South Africa; and many public and private collections worldwide.

Represented by :

Without Pier - Melbourne
Art Images - Adelaide
Gadfly Gallery - Perth
Framed Gallery - Darwin
Gallery One - QLD
Red Hill Gallery - QLD
Gallery Beneath - QLD
Traffic Jam Gallery - Sydney
Gallery Eumundi - QLD

Artist’s Statement

As an artist my paintings are often a direct result of a location.
It is the colours, textures, smells, patterns, in fact the essence of a place that inspires my Images. The interpretation may be realistic, but often may develop more abstractly.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014    Trio @ Red Hill with Richard Bogus ,R.W Allen.
2013    Duo in Gadfly Gallery Perth
2013    Hong Kong Art Fair
2013    Traffc Jam Gallery
2012    Kensington Gallery, Adelaide
2012    Traffic Jam Gallery , Sydney
2011    Gallery Eumundi Q.L.D.
2010    Studio 7, Queensland
2010    Gallery Eumundi Q.L.D.
2010    Without Pier Gallery Melbourne
2009    Framed Gallery Darwin
2009    Without Pier Gallery Melbourne
2008    Monsoon Gallery W.A.
2007    Monsoon Gallery WA
2006    Pearlers Row Gallery, Broome, W.A.
2005    Pearlers Row Gallery, Broome, W.A
           Dridan Fine Arts, Adelaide
2004    Pearlers Row Gallery, Broome, W.A
           Without Pier Gallery, Vic
2003    Netanya, Noosa, QLD
           Pearlers Row Gallery, Broome, W.A.
2002    Hyatt Coolum, Qld.
           Pearlers Row Gallery, Broome, W.A.
           Mulgara Gallery, Ayes Rock, N.T.
           Overton’s, Adelaide, S.A.
2001    Frances Reilly Gallery, Eumundi, QLD
2000    Pearlers Row Gallery, Broome, W.A.
1999    Matsos Gallery, Broome, W.A.
1998    Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T.
           Trio with Peter Coad and Bill Buter called “The A.B.C. of Art”
1997    Pearl Fishers Gallery, Broome, W.A.
           Fleurieu Centre Gallery, S.A.
1996    Kimberley Kreations Broome, W.A.
           Mulgara Gallery, N.T.
1995    Mulgara Gallery, Yulara, N.T.
           Framed Gallery, Darwin.
           Duo at Dridan Fine Art, S.A
1994    Southlands Gallery, Canberra ACT.
           Mulgara Gallery Sails of The Desert, Yulara, NT.
           Kimberley Kreations, Broome
1992    Reade Art
1991    Reade Art
1990    Reade Art
1989    Reade Art
1988    Reade Art
1987    Reade Art
1984    Trio with Russell Pick and Darrell Coggins (titled Survey Three), Adelaide Festival of Arts.
1981-84    Four one man shows, Jolly Frog Gallery, Adelaide, S.A.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

2014   Red Hill Gallery Q.L.D.
          Gallery Beneath Q.L.D.
          Art Images
          Gadfly Gallery
          Traffic Jam Gallery Sydney
          Without Pier Gallery
          Manyung Gallery ,Vic.
          Framed Gallery N.T.
          Gallery One G.C.
2013   Traffic Jam Gallery
          Without Pier Gallery
          Artworx Gallery S.A.
          Gadfly Gallery Perth.
          Hong Kong Asian Contemporary Art Fair
          Art Images Gallery Adelaide
          Gallery One Gold Coast
          Red Hill Gallery
2012   Traffic Jam Gallery Sydney
          Without Pier Gallery Melbourne
          The Gallery Eumundi Qld
          Gallery One Q.L.D.
2011   Framed Gallery Darwin
          Without Pier Gallery, Melb.
          Gallery Eumundi Q.L.D.
          Yallingup Gallery. W.A
          Kensington Gallery Adel
          Gallery one. Q.L.D.
          Traffic Jam Gallery N.S.W.
2010   Framed Gallery Darwin
          Without Pier Gallery, Melb.
          Gallery Eumundi Q.L.D.
          Yallingup Gallery. W.A.
2009   Ardleigh Cleveland Gallery Hyatt Regency Q.L.D.
          Without Pier Gallery Melbourne
          Gallery Eumundi, Q.L.D.
          Framed Gallery Darwin
2008   Dridan Fine Art S.A.
          Design Works Galleria Q.L.D.
          Monsoon Gallery W.A.
          Yallingup Gallery W.A
          Without Pier Gallery Melbourne
          Artist in Residence, Cable Beach Club, Broome W.A..
2007   Yallingup Galleries WA
          Dridan Fine Arts, Adelaide.
          Monsoon Gallery WA
          Hyatt Regency QLD
          Design Works Galleria Q.L.D.
2005   Yallingup Galleries WA
          Pearlers Row, Broome, W.A
          Dridan Fine Arts, Adelaide.
          Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T. 2006
          Yallingup Galleries WA
          Pearlers Row, Broome, W.A
          Dridan Fine Arts, Adelaide.
          Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T
          Designworks Galleria QLD
          Manyung Gallery VIC
2004   Dridan Fine Arts, Adelaide
          Framed Gallery, N.T.
          Gullotti Galleries, W.A.
          Pearlers Row, Broome, W.A.
2003   Framed Gallery, Darwin, N.T
          Design Works Gallery, QLD.
          Pearlers Row, Broome, W.A.
          Fusions, Noosa, QLD
2002   Maria Perides Gallery Brisbane, QLD
          Waterfront Place, Brisbane, QLD.
          Dridan Fine Art, McLaren Vale, S.A
          Pearlers Row, Broome, WA
          Framed Gallery, Darwin, N.T.
          Quantas Club, Brisbane, QLD
          Francis Reilly Gallery, Eumundi..QLD.
2001   Francis Reilly Gallery..Eumundi..QLD.
          Quantas Club Brisbane.
2000   Warren De Maria Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.
          Francis Reilly Gallery, Eumundi, QLD
          Quantas Club, Brisbane, QLD
          Dean Tomlinson Gallery, Brighton, S.A.
          Framed Gallery, Darwin, N.T.
1999   Royal Arts Society, Lavender Bay Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.
          Hill Smith Fine Art, Adelaide S.A,
1998   Jill Riley Gallery, Eumundi, Qld
          Pearlers Row Gallery, W.A.
          Matso’s Gallery Broome, W.A.
          Lasting Impressions Gallery, Qld.
          Framed Gallery, Darwin, N.T.
1997   Jill Richards Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.
          Burns Gallery, QLD
          Fleurieu Centre Gallery, S.A.
          Dridan Fine Art, S.A.
          Pearl Fishers Gallery, Broome, W.A.
          Matsos Broome, W.A.
1996   Jill Richards Gallery Sydney, N.S.W.
1996   Katsui Design Perth, W.A
          Boronia Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W
          Burns Gallery, QLD
1996   The Gallery Of Fine Art Perth, W.A.
          Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T.
          Kensington Gallery, S.A.
          John Dunne Gallery, S.A.
          Dridan Fine Art, S.A.
          Kreations Gallery, W.A.
1995   Newton Gallery
          Framed Gallery Darwin N.T.
          Mall Gallery London U.K. -
          Seven S.A. Artists Invitational -Kensington 1992
          Southlands Gallery, Canberra, A.C.T
          Sunstorm Gallery, Darwin, N.T.
          Reade Art, Eastwood, S.A.
          Kensington Gallery, Adelaide, S.A.
          David Dridan Invitational Bushing Exhibition- McLaren Vale, S.A.
1994   Barn Gallery Mclaren Vale South Aust
          Kensington Gallery Adelaide South Aust
          Southlands Gallery Canberra
          Broadways Gallery Canberra
          Kimberly Kreations Broome W.A.
          Framed Gallery Darwin N.T.
          Mulgara Gallery N.T
          Dridan Fine Art
1993   Southland Gallery Canberra, A.C.T.
          Wiregrass Gallery Melbourne, VIC
          Sunstorm Gallery Darwin, N.T.
          Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T.
          Kensington Gallery Adelaide, S.A.
          John Dunne Gallery Adelaide, S.A.
          Old Telegraph Gallery Victor Harbour, S.A.
          Kimberly Kreations Broome, W.A.
          Mulgara Gallery Yulara, N.T.
          Barossa Valley Vintage Heritage Exhibition
          Wiregrass Gallery Melbourne VICT
1992   Southlands Gallery, Canberra, A.C.T.
          Sunstorm Gallery Darwin, N.T.
          Reade Art Eastwood, S.A.
          Kensington Gallery, Adelaide, S.A.
          David Dridan Invitational Bushing Exhibition McLaren Vale, S.A.
1991   Kingston House Gallery, Adelaide, S.A.
          Hilton Gallery, Adelaide, S.A.
          Upstairs Gallery, Cairns, Qld.
          Woodstock Invitational, McLaren Vale, S.A.
          Southlands Gallery, Canberra, A.C.T.
          Middleton Bay Gallery, Middleton, S.A.
          Reade Art, Eastwood, S.A
1990   Southland Gallery, Canberra A.C.T.
          Hill Smith Fine Art,
          Kensington House, Adelaide, S.A.
          Reade Art, Eastwood, S.A.
          Museum of Fine Art, Pasadena, U.S.A.
          (with Garry Duncan and Ainslie Roberts)
1989   Hill Smith Fine Art ,Kensington House, Adelaide,S.A.
          Southland Gallery, Canberra, A.C.T.
          Grand Prix Exhibition, Hilton International, Adelaide, S.A.
           Reade Art, Eastwood, S.A,
1988   Reade Art, Eastwood, S.A.
          Hilton Gallery, Hilton International, Adelaide, S.A.
1987   Tynte Gallery ,North Adelaide, S.A.
          Reade Art, Eastwood ,S.A.
          Aptos Cruz Galleries, Stirling S.A.
          Greythorn Gallery, North Balwyn, Vic
1985-86   Reade Art, Eastwood, S.A,(two exhibitions)
          Angus Gallery, Crafers, S.A.
          Albert Mill Gallery, Nairne, S.A.
          Tynte Gallery. North Adelaide, S.A.
1984   Kensington Gallery, Kensington, S.A.
1983-84   First Impression Gallery, Carmel, California
          Darwin City Exhibition, Darwin N.T.
          Old Clarendon Gallery, Clarendon, S.A.
1982   The Barn Gallery, McLaren Vale, S.A.
          Westminster School Gallery, Marion,S.A.
1980-85   Jolly Frog Gallery Adelaide
1975   Collectors Gallery, Perth, W.A.

PRIZES

- FINALIST IN THE 2015 JOHN VILLIERS ART PRIZE
- FINALIST IN 2014 JOHN VILLIERS OUTBACK ART PRIZE
- INVITED & SELECTED TO SHOW IN THE Q.L.D LANDSCAPE SECTION OF THE TATTERSALS ART PRIZE
- SELECTED FOR THE BRISBANE ROTARY ART SPECTACULAR
- AWARDED HIGHLY COMMENDED IN 2013 MORTIMORE ART PRIZE
- SELECTED FOR FINALS OF 2013 MORTIMORE ART PRIZE
- SELECTED FOR FINALS OF 2013 INAUGURAL TATIARA ART PRIZE
- SELECTED FOR THE FINALS OF THE GAINSBOROUGH GREENS ART AWARDS 2012
- SELECTED FOR FINALS OF JOHN VILLIERS WALTZING MATILDA ART PRIZE 2012
- FINALIST INAUGURAL GAINSBOROUGH GREENS ART AWARDS 2011
- WINNER OF PEOPLE CHOICE GAINSBOROUGH GREENS ART AWARDS
- SELECTED FOR ART FOR ART SAKE 2011
- SELECTED FOR 2011 FINALS OF WALTZING MATILDA ART PRIZE (2paintings)
- WINNER OF PEOPLES CHOICE AT WALTZING MATILDA ART PRIZE
- WINNER OF 2011 WOOLAM WALTZING MATILDA OUTBACK ART PRIZE
- SELECTED for FINALS OF 2010 MORTIMORE ART PRIZE
- SELECTED for 2010 WALTZING MATILDA ART PRIZE Finals
- SELECTED for 2010 BRISBANE SENSES ART EXHIBITION
- SELECTED for 2010 TATTERSALS LANDSCAPE ART PRIZE FINALS
- SELECTED for 2008 TATTERSALS LANDSCAPE ART PRIZE Finals
- CO-WINNER 1993 BAROSSA VALLEY VINTAGE FESTIVAL HERITAGE AWARD
- WINNER 1990 CAMBERWELL FLORA & FAUNA ART PRIZE VICTORIA

COLLECTIONS

Frampton Real Estate Pty Ltd
Artbank
BP Australia
Mobil Oil Australia
Diamond Merchants South Africa
Macquarie Broadcasting
Media Escape Pty Ltd
Kernewek Lowender Collection
Myles Pearce & Co. Pty Ltd
A.M.P. Society
Workcover
St John Council of S.A. Inc
State Bank Collection
Reserve Bank Collection of S.A
Reserve Bank Collection of W.A.
Barossa Valley Heritage Collection
William Hancock Collection
San Francisco...U.S.A.
Samphire Resources Perth
Glen Fryer Melbourne
Bankers Trust Australia

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

ENGLAND
FRANCE
GERMANY
ITALY
SWEDEN
JAPAN
IRELAND
U.S.A.
CANADA
THAILAND