James Drinkwater, born 1983, is a Newcastle based artist whose practice traverses across painting, sculpture, assemblage and collage. Drinkwater makes work about place, intimacy
and memory, he uses abstraction, colour and mark making as a vehicle in which to translate these concerns.

Drinkwater grew up in Newcastle and studied at the National Art School in Sydney before moving to Melbourne for several years. He then moved to Germany and lived between Berlin and Leipzig for three years where he continued his practice. In 2011 James Drinkwater received the Marten Bequest traveling Scholarship and was hung in the Dobell Drawing Prize. He was a finalist for the Wynne prize in 2014 and has been a finalist for the Brett Whiteley Traveling Scholarship for three consecutive years before winning it in 2014.

Drinkwater’s work is held in major public and private collections both nationally and internationally including the Macquarie Bank Art Collection, Allens Law firm, the Newcastle Art Gallery and private collections in New York, Singapore, Germany and the UK. James Drinkwater is represented by NKN Gallery, Melbourne.