James Wilson is a young Australian artist whose work crosses through the worlds of animation, illustration and painting.
Journeying through the nostalgia of obsolete technology, youth culture and the pitfalls of young love, Wilson’s rose-tinted references look back at the universal growing pains of adolescence and unripe adulthood.
Wilson currently works out of Montreal in Canada where he creates visual reactions to his new environment.
Exploring life through loose and often nonlinear narratives, his acute observations peer through a wryly introspective lens, deconstructing cultural stereotypes and poking fun at fragile male egos and sassy female stereotypes.
Encompassing everything from dating apps and youth culture, Wilson presents abstracted miniature storylines in his captivating vignettes. Scornful female characters spit acidic ripostes at skater bois from behind sultry eyelashes, everyday items like crushed beer cans, spray paint nozzles and lighters are deconstructed to form loosely-arced narratives in voyeuristic vignettes.
2022 - Off the Grid, 1xRun, Detroit
2020 - Breakups and Breakdowns, 1xRun, Detroit
2019 - Bored and Lonely, Black Cat Gallery, Melbourne
2018 - Low Res Reactions, Bside Gallery, Melbourne
2018 - Multiple Personalities, LoosePrint Art Space, Melbourne
2017 - Sequence (Split with Regam Tamanui), Off the Kerb, Melbourne
2017 - Sequence (Split with Regam Tamanui), Qbank Gallery, Queenstown
Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 - Our Melbourne, Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne
2021 - Prism City, The Hue and Cry Gallery, Geelong
2020 - Home away from Home, Blender Studios-Pop up exhibition space, Melbourne
2019 - All Hands on Deck, Fort Heart, Melbourne
2019 - Bside's 3rd Birthday, Bside Gallery, Melbourne
2019 - Troublemakers II, VS Gallery, Melbourne
2019 - Rock Fever, Marfa Gallery, Melbourne
2019 - 12 x 12, Stockroom, Melbourne
2018 - Troublemakers, VS Gallery, Melbourne
2018 - Intermission, Collingwood Arts Precinct , Melbourne
2017 - Blender Biennale, Blender Studios, Melbourne
2016 - Annual Blender Christmas show, Blender Studios, Melbourne
2015 - 12 x 12, Stockroom, Melbourne
Self Released Zines
2022 - Stress-Free Chocolate
2021 - Amber Dreams
2020 - Somewhat Linear
2018 - Here
2018 - Finite Diotlan
2017 - Yes-No-Yes
2019 - Telegraph.co.uk
2016 - Inside Street Art Melbourne (Published by Thames & Hudson)
2011 - Knock Knock Magazine