James Ainslie

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James  Ainslie Noosa River Dinghy
Noosa River Dinghy
acrylic on arches
58 x 76 cm

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James  Ainslie

James Ainslie

James Ainslie Biography

James Ainslie was born in South Australia in 1950, graduated in art from the South Australian School of Art and has exhibited throughout Australia and overseas since 1975.

Harking back to his childhood in South Australia, spent playing around the Coorong and exploring the huge sand tracks around the Murray River, sand and water have always inspired his work. 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 in his work. Ainslie has regularly been an artist in residence at Ayers Rock, and has been invited to represent South Australia in London, and at the Museum of Fine Art in Pasadena, USA.

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.

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.

James Ainslie Statement

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.

James Ainslie Resumé

Select Solo Exhibitions
2007 - Monsoon Gallery WA
2006 - Pearlers Row Gallery, Broome, WA
2005 - Pearlers Row Gallery, Broome, WA
2005 - Dridan Fine Arts, Adelaide
2004 - Pearlers Row Gallery, Broome, WA
2004 - Without Pier Gallery, VIC
2003 - Netanya, Noosa, QLD
2003 - Pearlers Row Gallery, Broome, WA
2003 - Overton’s, Adelaide, SA
2002 - Hyatt Coolum, QLD
2002 - Pearlers Row Gallery, Broome, WA
2002 - Mulgara Gallery, Ayes Rock, NT
2001 - Frances Reilly Gallery, Eumundi, QLD
2000 - Pearlers Row Gallery, Broome, WA
1999 - Matsos Gallery, Broome, WA
1997 - Fleurieu Centre Gallery, SA
1995 - Mulgara Gallery, Yulara, NT
1994 - Southlands Gallery, Canberra ACT
1987-92 - Reade Art, Eastwood, SA

Select Group Exhibitions
2007 - Yallingup Galleries, WA
2007 - Dridan Fine Arts, Adelaide
2007 - Monsoon Gallery, WA
2007 - Hyatt Regency, QLD
2006 - Yallingup Galleries, WA
2006 - Pearlers Row, Broome, WA
2006 - Framed Gallery Darwin, NT
2006 - Designworks Galleria QLD
2006 - Manyung Gallery, VIC
2005 - Yallingup Galleries, WA
2005 - Dridan Fine Arts, Adelaide
2004 - Gullotti Galleries, WA
2004 - Framed Gallery, NT
2003 - Pearlers Row, Broome, WA
2003 - Fusions, Noosa, QLD
2002 - Maria Perides Gallery Brisbane, QLD
2002 - Waterfront Place, Brisbane, QLD
2002 - Quantas Club, Brisbane, QLD
2002 - Francis Reilly Gallery, Eumundi, QLD
2001 - Francis Reilly Gallery, Eumundi, QLD
2000 - Warren De Maria Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1999 - Royal Arts Society, Lavender Bay Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1998 - Jill Riley Gallery, Eumundi, QLD
1997 - Jill Richards Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1996 - Boronia Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1995 - Mall Gallery London, UK
1994 - Barn Gallery Mclaren Vale, SA
1994 - Southlands Gallery, Canberra
1995 - Kimberly Kreations Broome, WA
1993 - Wiregrass Gallery Melbourne, VIC
1993 - Barossa Valley Vintage Heritage Exhibition
1992 - Southlands Gallery, Canberra, ACT
1991 - Kingston House Gallery, Adelaide, SA
1990 - Southland Gallery, Canberra ACT
1990 - Museum of Fine Art, Pasadena, USA
1989 - Hill Smith Fine Art, Kensington House, Adelaide, SA
1987 - Tynte Gallery, North Adelaide, SA
1984 - Kensington Gallery, Kensington, SA
1975 - Collectors Gallery, Perth, WA

2010 - FINALIST Mortimore Fine Art Prize
2010 - FINALIST Tattersals Landscape Art Prize
2010 - WINNER Peoples Choice Award - Woolam Waltzing Matilda Outback Art Competition
2010 - FINALIST Woolam Waltzing Matilda Outback Art Competition
2008 - FINALIST Tattersals Landscape Art Prize
1993 - CO-WINNER Barossa Valley, Vintage Festival, Heritage Award
1990 - WINNER Camberwell Flora & Fauna Art Prize VIC

James Ainslie's work is held in private collections around the world including England, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Ireland, USA, Canada and Thailand.

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