James Powditch about
 
James Powditch is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Sydney's inner west. His work combines elements of sculpture, assemblage, painting and architecture and is heavily influenced by cinema history.
 
personal history
1966  
Born Sydney, Paddington Women's Hospital - now apartments.
Father Peter Powditch (also an artist). Mother Jenny Magrath.
1967   Divorced
    Grew up with his mother in Sydney and on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
    Spent entire youth in a beanie with lego in front of the tele - favourite movies - anything with Kim Novak or William Holden, preferably both, Picnic being the ultimate.
1979-1984   North Sydney Boys High School. Makes Super 8 film for HSC major work. Sneaks into R rates horror movies instead of pubs.
1985-1987   Attempted BA in Visual Arts at City Art Institute (now COFA) majoring in film, heroes - Scorcese, Kubrick, Scott, Coppola. Failed to complete art school.
1987-1990   Barman/Waiter, worked for Ray Hughes Gallery as general shit kicker, started making stuff (art assemblage type stuff)
1990-1992   Overseas travel to Europe. Lived Spain, Greece, England and France. Worked on EuroDisney
1992-1997   Moved into Martin Luther King mural building in his beloved Newtown. His lounge room - The Oxford Hotel, King Street. Home of first studio. Later saves above-mentioned mural from development. Works set building and props making for Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Theatre Company, The Australian Museum amongst others. Learns many skills.
1996   Met Diane Adair, long time girlfriend, the night after Labor lost the federal election - vowed to stay with her only until Labor regained office - many years on with a huge mortgage and 2 children - they are still together
1997   First show with friend Rodney Simmons (painter) at TAP Gallery, an artist-run space in Darlinghurst.
1999   First commercial gallery gig at Dickerson Gallery, Woollahra of sculptures inspired by the buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright. Travelled the Americas - Canada, US, Mexico - saw buildings of above-mentioned Frank
2000   First film based show Widescreen at Dickerson Gallery, followed by Technicolor and Cinemascope
2001   Bought 640sqm factory in Marrickville, Sydney, a new home and studios for Diane (graphic designer) and James. Pluses - walking distance to airport and an auxillary shed for extra storage
2002   Returns to Ray Hughes Gallery as an artist. Starts work at the Art Gallery of NSW as a casual with the packers and installation crew. Daughter Ella born.
2003   The Powditch and Powditch Show - a joint show with Peter Powditch, dad
2005   Co-wins Blake Prize with Intelligent Design - God is in the detail
2006   Leaves Ray Hughes Gallery and spends next two years unrepresented. Son Harry born.
2007   Wins Mosman Art Prize with Butterfly Effects
2008   Lands the trifecta as a finalist in the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman (first Archibald hanging with a portrait of actor Aden Young). Travel to Italy and on returning decides to stop working at the Art Gallery of NSW and concentrate solely on making art. Joins Australian Galleries.
2009   An Archibald finalist with a portrait of his father artist Peter Powditch and the bookies favourite to win with Sportingbet and Sportsbet. Judges obviously don't agree. Sells Marrickville warehouse after a colourful local developer/importer/exporter buys the property next door and builds a backpackers.
2010   Buys another warehouse and moves out of Marrickville.
2001-2012   Finalist: Archibald 2008/09, Sulman 2002/03/04/07/08/10, Wynne 2005/06/08/09/11/12, Dobell Prize for Drawing 2007, Salon des Refuses 2004/05/06/07/11, The Year in Art 2003/05/07, Mosman Art Prize 2001/07, Woollahra Sculpture Prize 2001/08, Sculpture by the Sea 2002, ABN Amro Emerging Artist Prize 2005, Blake Religious Prize for Art 2004/05, Paddington Art Prize 2007/08, Gallipoli Art Prize 2010
2012   Wins Cricket Art Prize with Great Depression – Leg Theory
     
     
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