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    11.10.18 James Guppy on ABC Radio National

    James Guppy has been interviewed by Eddie Ayres for ABC Radio National’s ‘The Hub on Art’ program.

    Guppy discusses the inspiration for his new solo exhibition, The Venal Garden, whilst creating a painting in the ABC Radio studio.

    To listen to the interview, please click here.

    Image credit: James Guppy in the ‘The Hub on Art’ studio. Image courtesy of ABC. Photo: Wendy Love


    02.03.18 James Guppy at Australian Parliament House

    Artwork by James Guppy has been reproduced for a large-scale projection on the front of Australian Parliament House in Canberra.

    Presented as part of the Enlighten Festival, the projection of Guppy’s Red Poppy, 2005 pays tribute to the centenary of the ANZAC’s in 2017 and the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which will occur on 11 November 2018.

    Enlighten Festival
    Various locations around Canberra
    2–11 March 2018

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Installation view of James Guppy’s Red Poppy 2005 projected onto Australian Parliament House, Canberra. Photo: Department of Parliamentary Services.


    18.10.17 James Guppy in Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize 2017

    James Guppy is a finalist for the Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize 2017 at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

    Guppy has been shortlisted for two works, Man ist was man isst 2016 and Higher powers 2016. The 2017 prize awards a major acquisitive prize of $20,00 with the winner announced at the official opening on Friday 3 November.

    Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize
    Campbelltown Arts Centre
    28 October – 14 December 2017

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: James Guppy   Higher powers   2017   acrylic on polycotton in timber frame    120.0 x 82.0 cm


    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
    ISBN: 9780980396065
    21.0 x 21.0 cm

    Available  $10 + $5 postage & handling
    Please email the gallery or phone +61 7 3254 1855 to purchase this item.


    18.08.17 James Guppy in 2017 Manning Art Prize

    James Guppy is a finalist in the 2017 Manning Art Prize: Naked & Nude at the Manning Regional Art Gallery.

    The original idea for Naked & Nude was suggested by art critic, John McDonald, who is again judging the award. The major acquisitive prize of $16,000 will be awarded on 2 September.

    Guppy is a finalist for his work Touching her back 2016, and also for a collaborative work with Hillary Herrmann titled, M 2017.

    2017 Manning Art Prize: Naked & Nude
    Manning Regional Art Gallery
    2 September – 15 October 2017

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: James Guppy   Touching her back   2016   acrylic on canvas   71.0 x 51.0 cm


    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.

    To read the full article, please click here.

    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.

    For more information on this exhibition, please click here. 

    In Flagrante Delicto
    Tweed Regional Gallery
    30 September 2016 – 12 February 2017

    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.

    For further information, on the prize please click here.

    2016 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize
    The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre
    7 May – 26 June 2016


    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.”

    Enquire to purchase via email: enquiries@janmurphygallery.com.au or call (07) 3254 1855


    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.

    Paddington Art Prize 2015
    22 October – 1 November 2015

    For more information, on the prize please click here

    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.

    Read more exhibition information here 

    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


    05.11.13 The Byron School of Arts

    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.


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