James Ainslie has painted professionally for over 50 years and during this time I have had more than 40 solo and countless group exhibitions both in Australia and overseas (England and USA).
Ainslie’s preferred palette is acrylic paint on paper, with the occasional use of mixed media. His forte is modern realism, although he also produces abstract art. Ainslie’s paintings resonate with an inherent passion for the country’s unique beauty, particularly the sandy dunes and reflective waters of Queensland and South Australia.
Ainslie was born in SA in 1950, graduated in art from the South Australian School of Art and has exhibited throughout Australia and overseas since 1975. Sand and water have always inspired his work, harking back to a childhood in South Australia, spent playing around the Coorong and exploring the huge sand tracts around the Murray River. Now living in Noosa, he has turned his attention to the undulating dunes of Fraser Island and the many beaches along the Sunshine Coast shoreline. Annual visits to Broome ensure that Kakadu and The Kimberley remain strong influences.
Ainslie was regularly an artist in residence at Ayers Rock, and in 1995 was invited to represent South Australia in London with six other artists and showed at the Museum of Fine Art in Pasadena, USA with Ainslie Roberts and Garry Duncan. James won the prestigious Camberwell Flora & Fauna Prize in 1990 and was co-winner of the Barossa Valley Heritage Award.
His work is featured in prestigious collections such as Artbank; BP Australia; Reserve Bank of Australia; Mobil Australia; William Hancock collection, San Francisco; Banker’s Trust; Diamond Merchants, South Africa; and many public and private collections worldwide.
“I mostly work in acrylic either on Arches Paper or Belgian Linen and occasionally I will introduce other media in conjunction with the acrylic, such as natural ochres and clays that may be endemic to the landscape.”
“As an artist my paintings are often a direct result of a location. It is the colours, textures,light, smells, sounds and presence, in fact the essence of a place that inspires my images. I have always been eclectic in my sources of inspiration and the paintings often start as realistic interpretations and later develop into more abstract and conceptual statements as I immerse myself in the milieu of the initial inspiration.”
Born in 1950 Adelaide, South Australia
Noosa, Queensland Australia
1975 – Graduated in Art from the South Australian School of Art, Adelaide
Exhibitions – solo and selected