James Watkins

James Watkins

James Watkins

Country: New Zealand
Themes explored: Appreciation of and relationship to the natural world

Biography

Born in Oxford, at an early age James Watkins emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand. In his late teens, he committed to his interest in photography and writing before traveling around New Zealand and living in the rural communities of Golden Bay and Great Barrier Island. He then relocated to Australia where he spent six years between Melbourne & Sydney. Here, he immersed himself in the contemporary art world–exhibiting work whilst working as an Editor-in-Chief and arts journalist. The result of this trajectory was the development of his own mixed media practice focusing on self-analysis, abstract forms and experimental mark marking. After leaving Australia, he lived in the UK and Istanbul before spending a year in Paris where he expanded his practice onto the streets, establishing himself as a member of the street art community. 

In 2021, James moved to Mexico City and held his third painting solo exhibition in 2023 at Casa Astronoma. In Mexico, he has deepened his commitment to his painting practice that celebrates process and mixed materiality to create ecosystems of chance, risk and creative abundance. In an ongoing conversation with the natural world, his work seeks to close the divide between himself and nature, celebrating the beauty and variety of Mexico’s environments through both subconscious and conscious movements to create energetic surfaces of invitation and appreciation.

Works by this artist

    El Jardin

    El Jardin

    $3,480
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