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BORN 1972 Christchurch


11 grey street
Port chalmers 




 a constantly evolving material language of adaption and experimentation  with...


 head heart and hands








2000: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Otago School of Fine Arts  (Painting Major, Printmaking Minor)

1996: Diploma in Art and Craft, Hungry Creek School of Art and Craft

1990: Foundation in Fine Art, Nelson Polytechnic



Artist Residencies


2018: Nonesuch Residency, Parsborro, Nova Scotia, Canada

  Elerton Gallery Residency (Warwick Brown),  Mount Eden, Auckland

2015: Dunmoochin Artists Residency, Melbourne, Australia

Collaborative sonnets series with David Eggleton, ‘Anthropocene and asylum’ series

2013: William Hodges Fellowship, Southland Dunmoochin Foundation, Melbourne, Australia

2012: Earthskin Art Residency, Muriwai, West Auckland

2009: Takt Kunstprojektraum Art Residency, East Berlin, Germany

2008: Tylee Cottage Residency, Whanganui, New Zealand International Studio Curatorial Programme, New York, USA

2007: McCahon Art Residency, Titirangi, New Zealand

I.S.C.P (International Studio Curatorial Program, New York)



International Exhibitions


2019: Contempo annual publication inclusion, Dallas, Texas, USA

2017: Nonesuch Art of Paper Award, Parrsboro/Montreal, Nova Scotia, Canada

2012: Light and Space Gallery, Manila, Philippines ‘Anti-war Anti-orgasm’.

2009: Takt Kunstprojektraum Studio, group show, Berlin

          New York International Outsider Art Fair, New York, USA, January 9th-11th

          Fountain Art Fair, New York, USA (New Zealand Art Agent Stall)

2008: I.S.C.P studio, group show, New York, USA

2006: ***bluetenweiss anonymous drawing project, Berlin, Germany (group

          show) December 2006 

Ongoing contributions, including Art Basel, 2009

          Camden Gallery, London, United Kingdom (group show)

2003: New Contemporaries Gallery, Sydney, Australia, ‘Set Fire to Self—Drown’ (solo show)

2002: Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, ‘Unutterable LoudObviousness’ (solo show)



Solo Regional Gallery Exhibitions


2019 Inclusion in Parkin Drawing Award, Wellington, for ‘In and Out’ mandala cancas pyramid, and subsequent collection in Wallace Trust Collection and display in Pah Homestead Gallery, Auckland.

2018: Te Manawa Gallery–Palmerston North Public Gallery (6 month install), ‘Doors- Hyper Objects of the Cthulucene’

2017: Ashburton Public Art Gallery, Ashburton, ‘Strange Attractor’

2016: Millennium Art Gallery, Blenheim, ‘Strange Attractor’

2014: Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Invercargill, ‘Paintings from the End of the World’

2012: Otago Art School Gallery, Dunedin, ‘Rainbow Serpent – Psychic Skins’, mural installation

          Aigantighe Art Museum, Timaru, ‘Age of Transformation’

2011: Glue Gallery, Dunedin, ‘Heaven and Earth’ (gold heart ritual womb), installation and performance

2010: The Suter Art Gallery–Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, ‘Witness’ selected survey

2009: Waikato Contemporary Art Award finalist 2009

           Tauranga Public Gallery, ‘Surface Tension’

           Sarjeant Gallery–Te Whare O Rehua, Whanganui, ‘The Light’

07-08: Lopdell House Gallery, Waitakere City, ‘Ghost Guest Host: Loved Fuckt Killd Eatn’

2007: Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Maker Centre of Contemporary Art, Mair Gallery, Christchurch, ‘Giants Saints Monsters’

2006: Ashburton Art Gallery; God and Death Left Bank Gallery, Greymouth, ‘Rise’

2005: Te Manawa Gallery, Palmerston North; Rise Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore, ‘Rise’

2003: Left Bank Gallery, Greymouth, ‘Rugged Individual’

2000: Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, ‘Large Works’

1999: Left Bank Gallery, Greymouth, ‘Vortex Boy—Living with Ghosts’

          Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, ‘Works on Paper’



Selected Solo Dealer Gallery Exhibitions


2020-2019: EDGELAND series: mural and response shows to poems by David Eggleton (New Zealand Poet Laureate): JAMES FRANCIS ROBINSON

BORN 1972 Christchurch


Personal Details


Address: 11 Grey street, Port Chalmers, Dunedin 9023

Phone:  0212028628


Exhibitions and ongoing project at Port Chalmers studio PG GALLERY, August

Otago School of Art, ‘Art of the Anthropocene’, Dunedin, Sept 2020; Quiet Dog Gallery, Nelson, October/November (with perfrmances by James Robinson and David Eggleton at shows)

2018 :Elerton Gallery, Mount Eden, Auckland, ‘Alienated Blues Himalayan Miniatures’, drawing show

Quiet Dog Gallery, Nelson, ‘Subduction’, works on  paper 

2017: PG Gallery, Christchurch, ‘Rock Action’

          Mint Gallery, Dunedin, ‘Strata’, with Mary McFarlane

2016: The Diversion Gallery, Picton, ‘Undertow’

           Milbank Gallery, Whanganui, paper work

           Zimmermann’s Gallery, Palmerston North, ‘Continuum’

2015: PG Gallery, Christchurch, ‘Anthropocene and Asylum’ (with six sonnets by

          David Eggleton)

2014: Wallace Gallery, Morrisonville, ‘Process Skins’

         Mint Gallery, Dunedin, ‘Exorcise’

         The Diversion Gallery, Picton, ‘Process Skins’

         Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Invercargill, ‘Paintings from the End of

          the World’

         Seed Gallery, Newmarket, Auckland, Selected works on paper

2013: Sanderson Gallery, Herne Bay, Auckland, ‘Astral Weeks’

         Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore, ‘Rainbow Serpent (Psychic skins)’

2012: PaperGraphica, Christchurch, ‘Resurrection’

2011: Paul Nache, Gisborne, ‘Deep See = No Drill Paper Works’

2010: Paul Nache, Gisborne, ‘Instinct and Spirit’

         Mark Hutchins Gallery, Wellington, ‘Other-cide’

2009: PaperGraphica, Christchurch, ‘Recent drawings from Nepal and Berlin’

         Bath Street Gallery, Auckland, ‘Hapu Contraction’

         Mark Hutchins Gallery, Wellington, ‘The Light’

2008: PaperGraphica, Christchurch, ‘New York: Works on Paper’

2007: Mark Hutchins Gallery, Wellington, ‘Qi Gong Miniatures’

         PaperGraphica, Christchurch, ‘Drawings: Works on Paper’

         Bath Street Gallery, Auckland, ‘Rise’

         Lyttleton Port Gallery, Christchurch

2006: Milford Gallery, Dunedin, ‘Ancient’

2005: Milford Gallery, Dunedin, ‘Start Up’

         Bath Street Gallery, Auckland, ‘Giants, Saints, Monsters’

2004: Temple Gallery, Dunedin, ‘Rise’

         Tatton Gallery, Nelson, ‘One Eyed Night’

         Arthouse Gallery, Christchurch, ‘Catalyst’

2003: Bath Street Gallery, Auckland, ‘New Works’

         Temple Gallery, Dunedin, ‘Set Fire to Self—Drown’

         Arthouse Gallery, Christchurch, ‘Fault line Graduate’

2002: Number Six, Lyttleton, Christchurch, ‘Small Works’

2002: Arthouse Gallery, Christchurch, ‘Like It Matters!’

2001: Arthouse Gallery, Christchurch, ‘Vulnerable: Ego Commodity’

         Satellite Gallery and Higher Trust Arts Advocacy Group, Dunedin

2000: Walrus Gallery, Wellington

1999: Moray Gallery, Dunedin, ‘Delirious’



Touring Group Exhibitions


2010: Real Art Roadshow (2008-2010 inclusive)

2007: Wallace Art Awards touring exhibition: Aotea Centre, Auckland; New

          Dowse Gallery, Lower Hutt, Wellington

2006: National Portrait Award touring exhibition, Shed 11, Wellington

2003: Wallace Art Awards touring exhibition: Aotea Centre, Auckland; New

          Dowse Gallery, Wellington.

          NCC Art Awards, ‘Second Thoughts’ touring exhibition.

2000: Wallace Art Awards touring exhibition: Aotea Centre, Auckland; New

          Dowse Gallery, Lower Hutt, Wellington.



Selected Group Exhibitions


2019: Parkin Drawing Prize finalist ‘In and Out’  (People’s choice award, collected in Wallace Trust Gallery)

2017: Parkin Drawing Prize (Merit Award)

2016: PG Gallery, Christchurch

2014: The Diversion Gallery, Picton

2012: Design Room Gallery, Nelson,

2011: Auckland Art Fair, Mark Hutchins Gallery,

2010: Mark Hutchins Gallery, Wellington, ‘Southern Light’ (two man show with Jeffrey Harris

2006: Milford Gallery, Dunedin, ‘Object’; Mark Hutchins Gallery, Wellington, with Richard Lewer and Scott Kennedy

         Cleveland Living Arts Centre, Dunedin, Large Art

2005: SoCA Gallery, Christchurch, Dorian Gray Invitational 64zero3 Gallery, Christchurch,

          ‘Between Warhead and Warhorse’, with Scott Flanagan

2002: Temple Gallery, Dunedin, with works by Colin McCahon and Ralph Hotere

2000: Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin, with ceramicist Jim Cooper

1999: SoCA Gallery, Christchurch, ‘Miniatures’

1999: Robert McDougal Art Annex, Christchurch, ‘Gruesome’



Selected Collections


Nova Arts Trust, London, United Kingdom

New Contemporaries, Sydney, Australia

Wallace Arts Trust, New Zealand

Hocken Collection, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Christchurch Art Gallery–Te Puna O Waiwhetu Collection, Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch District Health Board Collection, New Zealand

Palmerston North Public Gallery–Te Manawa, New Zealand

Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore, New Zealand

Sarjeant Gallery Collection, Whanganui, New Zealand





Justin Paton, Curator of Contemporary Art, Dunedin Public Art Gallery:

‘... provoking, imploring, confessing ... he delivers a grungy retort to the clean-lined look of much recent art inspired by the virtual space of the computer screen ... Should we feel daunted by this chaos...or marvel at the vitality and moments of unexpected beauty to be found within it?’


Marian Maguire, Artist & Gallerist, PG Gallery, April 2017:

'.....we come to the work from our own standpoint.....investigate them as an archaeologist might.....for clues of earlier epochs.....pore over them in the mode of an anthropologist-sifting through accumulated detritus to speculate on human civilisation. It's is a testament of James Robinson's ability as an artist that these works project visual surety in the abstract idiom.....'


Warwick Brown, Art Writer, New Zealand House & Garden, February 2017:

'.....His art flows like the tide, picking up debris, expunging old marks, meandering, retreating, advancing again......Robinson is a force of nature and, like nature, his art is capable of sublimity and terror, of tranquillity and turbulence....'


Cilla McQueen, Poet, 2014:

'.......Robinson's vocabulary of textural accident reflects the intense engagement of the artist with the perennial questions of how to live, paint, be. Whether his works are read as abstract metaphysical forms or as elemental mark-making, as chance arrangements or as sophisticated explorations of technique, the subtle rhythms of his elements produce an overall impression of natural elegance.....'


Chris Knox, in Look This Way: New Zealand Writers on New Zealand Artists:

‘... a great big flatulent belch of fresh air amongst all the tight-sphinctered, deodorised boys and girls of the accepted national art world..... off-kilter and threatening but always sumptuously, gloriously beautiful.’


John McDonald, art writer for the Sydney Morning Herald:

‘...a hyper-literate, passionate imagination ... draws, paints and writes with an intensity that makes one think of Van Gogh, or perhaps Antonin Artaud ... a viral outbreak of signs and symbols, a splattering of cosmic graffiti, built up layer upon layer ... visionary landscapes, reminiscent of the teeming vistas of Bosch or Breugel.’


David Eggleton, New Zealand Listener, July 5th 2003:

‘beautiful, harsh and weirdly heroic ... Scorched, soaked and scavenged, Robinson’s paintings are a testimony to modern life as a chapter of accidents, where menace mingles with grief, and aggression with abjection.’


T. J. McNamara, New Zealand Herald, November 19th 2003:

‘The impressive achievement of these big canvases puts Robinson in the forefront of New Zealand artists ... powerful terrains ... great force ... the intensely personal expression of dark, turbulent emotion ... he has the potential to be one of our most gripping painters.’


Dr. Jennifer ‘Ginger’ Knowlton, editor of Divide: Creative Responses to Contemporary Social Questions, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA:

‘... subtle, poetic, meditative investigations of the nature of being within the contemporary world........Response to Robinson’s work, here in the States, has been a rare mixture of awe and warmth.’


Bridie Lonie, writer and Head of School of Art, Otago Polytechnic:

‘Painting’s inherent orderliness is both problem and salvation: in this sort of work, the field is opened up, disorder created and order regained. ... a delightful drawer.’


Roger Boyce, Art New Zealand, Summer 2005 (117):

‘It is a visually stunning and accomplished journeyman work ... potentially formidable gifts ...Robinson’s commitment to practice and ferocious level of production is admirable ...’


Dan Chappell, Art News New Zealand, Spring 2005:

‘... a new talent ... the embodiment of the driven artist ... The wide sweep and energetic intensity of his recent work means he defies categorisation. ... Critics have mentioned names like Schnabel, Kiefer and Basquiat—but’s clear Robinson’s art is very much his own.’


Mark Amery, Dominion Post, June 30th 2006:

‘... Robinson’s abstract works can create a bodily response, the impression that an emotional vein has been located and opened within the compressed matter of all things'.


Robyn Peers, The Christchurch Press, October 17th 2007:

‘... enormously satisfying ... Basquiat, Kiefer, de Lautour, Peter Robinson; many artists are suggested as influences ... but James Robinson is quite clearly his own artist and .....has continued to develop his individual style.’


Margaret Duncan, The Christchurch Press, May 2004

‘... striking in its brutal physicality ...’


Peter Entwistle, Otago Daily Times, 2003:

‘... a new and vital force in the tradition of Colin McCahon, James K. Baxter and Tony Fomison ....James Robinson's [work] is authentic. It shocks because it really hurts...’


Helen Watson White, Sunday Star Times, May 19th 2002:

‘I was transfixed ... by the extraordinarily positive force of its negative energy ... even the most abstract [work] is alive.’


Warren Feeney, The Christchurch Press, February 1997:

‘... slovenly refreshing ... too loud, hazardous, and personal to ignore ... a reminder of why artists take up their brushes in the first place...’




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