James Blackwell

In Time

9 June - 22 July 2018

Lost Bear Gallery, 208 Katoomba Street, Katoomba

James Blackwell

Judith Martinez

Sophie Conolly

Leonardo Uribe

View included works by James Blackwell  - coming soon



James Blackwell graduated from the National Art School with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography and continued with an Honours degree in drawing in 2002. Since then, he has continued to exhibit in commercial galleries in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. In 2010, Blackwell had a solo show at Bathurst Regional Gallery titled ‘Second Nature’ and exhibited in 2014 at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre as part of their Expose local artist project. Blackwell has also participated in the coveted Hill End Residency and in 2013 was involved in the Bundanon Trust Residency.


"...western culture was set adrift in an ocean of passing stimulation, with no anchors to secure it."
Michael Kimmelman, NY Times, published August 2, 2009

The onslaught, pace and ubiquity of change in modern life has said to have altered the way our brains are being wired. Our ability and need to adapt to this continuous flux leaves us reaching out for something concrete, something familiar, something certain. My art practice is an attempt to reestablish a connection with nature and offer pause and reflection in an intimate space as an antidote to the barrage of stimulation which has taken host in our ever-evolving technological world.

My anchor is the landscape in which I live, the Blue Mountains of NSW. Here, the seasons are distinct, reliable and inevitable. This landscape adapts to the backdrop of seasons and offers inspiration in its repetition and symmetry. A value embodied in the artwork I create.

Using natural materials found in the landscape, I 'play' with symmetry and form using paper as a support to create three dimensional assemblages that require an intimate viewing. I am aware of repetition and symmetry in my life on many levels: from the continuance of daily life and the activities which we need to carry out repetitively such as bathing and brushing one's teeth, to the reiteration of form found at the intrinsic and infinitesimal level of nature.

The elements that make up the matrix of my work represents our interconnectedness with our environment. My artwork is not representational in any sense, but still it represents to me the landscape in its undulating form, colour, symmetry and rhythm.

There is a relationship between the collecting, sorting, cutting and arranging of found materials on the surface of the artwork and the internal processes, which seek to find some kind of equilibrium and internal tangible aesthetic.

Paper is a reconstitution of fibers found in nature, and a wonderfully diverse medium to use. The textural quality of paper complements the materials woven and constructed on the surface of the work. Sometimes, I may remain with a theme and variations of a particular way of folding paper to reveal a structural representation of simplicity, elegance, and quietude. Symmetry is the vehicle by which I strive to attain this.

“Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. She hums the old well-known air through innumerable variations.” - Emerson, Ralph Waldo

James Blackwell – A Catalogue Essay for Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 2010', by Dr Peter Shepherd

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Prior Exhibitions at Lost Bear Gallery

View James Blackwell's - The Native Grid II Exhibition

View 'Trove' 2015 Exhibition

View 2013 Exhibition

View 2011 Exhibition

View 2009 Exhibition

James Blackwell has a booklet available for purchase.


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