____________16.09.16 James Guppy in Byron Arts Magazine
James Guppy features on the cover of the current issue of the Byron Arts Magazine in an interview with editor, Alana Wilson.
Image courtesy of Byron Arts Magazine. Photograph by Natalie Grono.
____________10.09.16 James Guppy at Tweed Regional Gallery
James Guppy will present a solo exhibition titled, In Flagrante Delicto at Tweed Regional Art Gallery.
The body work reflects Guppy’s outlook on the business of the world and those involved in the key decisions made on behalf of the people. Pondering our choice to look to these leaders as models of ethical behaviour, Guppy questions the actions of these people and the systems by which they gain their power.
Having gained an Honours degree in Economics forty years ago, Guppy’s critical lens on such issues sees him aim to highlight the often reprehensible behaviour of those in positions of power. The latin title, In Flagrante Delicto is a term used to indicate somebody being caught committing a criminal act. Pairing this critique of contemporary capitalism with pre-modernist notions of beauty the artist has created a visual language for the viewer unravel and consider their own thoughts on such issues.
James Guppy – Artist Talk
Sunday 20 November 2016 from 2pm
Image credit: James Guppy Negotiated Settlement 2015 acrylic on polycotton in timber frame 120.0 x 82.0 cm
____________05.05.16 James Guppy in 2016 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize
James Guppy is a finalist in the 2016 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize for his work Negotiated Settlement 2016. Held at The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, the $15,000 painting prize will be announced at the official opening on Thursday 12 May 2016.
The 2016 judging panel consists of Guy Abrahams, CEO & Co-founder, CLIMARTE; Kirsty Grant, Director & CEO, Heide Museum of Modern Art and Julie Skate, Gallery Supervisor, The Gallery @ Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre.
____________02.12.15 Day Two: Twelve Days of Christmas 2015
James Guppy Cutting the bread 2015 acrylic on linen 40.0 x 40.0 cm SOLD
James Guppy has maintained an art practice exploring the peculiar world in which we live, with his artworks seeking to understand and comment on human society. James’ unique perspective brings a ‘gentle absurdism’ and although his paintings appear to be full of whimsy, they are often poignant reflections on the contemporary world.
In an earlier series, he painted everyday objects lost in time… hands preparing beans, holding teacups, cutting bread, a rhino sharing space with a teapot or a cup of tea. A few of these paintings remained unfinished for one reason or another and were stored in his studio awaiting a future resolution. Cutting the bread reappeared recently and the artist saw the way to finish the work and so here it is now completed.
We are pleased to announce that a second work by James Guppy is available for the ’12 Days of Christmas!’
James Guppy Seascape 2015 acrylic on linen 30.0 x 61.0 cm $5,800
James Guppy speaking about Seascape 2015:
“Flowers in themselves have never interested me. There are so many paintings of flowers in vases; I have never felt the need to add one more. Flowers as metaphors are another thing entirely. Beauty and fragility, mortality and the brevity of life are areas where flowers come into their own. From this starting point I have used flowers in various ways over the years. I have been especially drawn to “flowers at sea”… either being harvested by men in boats or floating freely under stormy skies. Often, a few find their way into the “unresolved/unfinished” end of my studio…where they await a fresh insight or a total rejection. Seascape reappeared during a recent move to a new studio and a fresh eye showed me how to finish it. Here, a rosebud is beached at the tideline while a full blown rose floats out to sea on the horizon. I like the luminous mix of wave, sky and blooms.”
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____________05.11.15 James Guppy in Gold Coast Art Prize 2015
James Guppy is a finalist in this year’s Gold Coast Art Prize for his work The Valley of Sufficient Requirements 2015.
Held at the Gold Coast City Gallery, the exhibition of finalists’ work will be on display from 5 December 2015 – 31 January 2016.
An overall winner will be announced at the exhibition opening event on 5 December 2015 by Guest Judge Nick Mitzevich, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia.
For further information, please click here.
Image credit: James Guppy The Valley of Sufficient Requirements 2015 acrylic on polycotton 82.0 x 120.0 cm
____________19.09.15 James Guppy in Paddington Art Prize 2015
James Guppy is a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize 2015 for his work The Romantic.
The $25,000 national acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape is awarded annually. The judges for the 2015 prize are Euan Macleod, artist; Michael Nock, International art patron/collector and artist; and Peter Sharp, artist and Head of Drawing at UNSW Art and Design.
Image credit: James Guppy The Romantic acrylic on polycotton 120.0 x 80.0 cm
____________22.04.15 James Guppy at Tweed Regional Gallery
A selection of works by James Guppy will feature as part of an exhibition at the Tweed Regional Gallery from 24 April 2015 until 5 June 2016.
Director’s choice: works from the collection is, as the title suggests, selected by the gallery director Susi Muddiman from the gallery’s collection and features Australian portraiture, artists’ prints and artworks inspired by the Tweed region. It also features works by artists from the region and artworks by Margaret Olley and her contemporaries.
Image credit: James Guppy Everything in its right place 2014 synthetic polymer paint on linen and found frame 56.0 x 76.0 Tweed Regional Gallery collection
James Guppy is part of a team of artists who have co-founded a new art school in Byron Bay. The Byron School of Arts is a newly established art school based on an international model of artists teaching artists in a studio-based learning environment.
Their mission is to educate and support students to develop an active and informed art practice that both accesses and contributes to the wider cultural life.
To support this mission the BSA will provide rigorous and practice-based programs in the visual arts and related fields, as well as offer practical pathways to meet the individual needs of students (such as portfolio development for future study, individual mentorship programs and exhibition opportunities).
They offer support for emerging and established artists as well as an encouraging platform for the complete beginner.
Link to further information on the school can be found here.
Published in conjunction with Guppy’s major touring exhibition in 2009, this catalogue is a celebration of twenty years of practice.
Seduction and Subversion: The Art of James Guppy 1989-2009
Softcover, 48pp, fully illustrated
Publisher: Tweed River Art Gallery, 2009
21.0 x 21.0 cm
Please email the gallery or phone +61 7 3254 1855 to purchase this item.