James Price is an unapologetically skilled storyteller. His artistic practice employs a distinct, vibrant graphic language that condenses the complexities and contradictions of our times. Price’s work is able to articulate intricate ideas loaded with pathos, humour and humanity. His paintings, animation and ceramics visually articulate modern life for those of us unsure whether we should laugh, cry, or do both at once. Price sharpened his storytelling skills working across the world as a globally recognised commercial artist, including a decade working from his own highly successful studio in New York.
He’s created work for some of the worlds most recognised Storytellers and Organisations, including: Netflix, MTV, The BBC, The Washington Post, TED, Nike, and our own ABC. As an accomplished public artist Price has created Murals, Moving Image commissions and site specific installations, and activations, for communities across Australia. Highlights include a giant 23 metre moving image commission for Wynyard Station in Sydney through Transport NSW, large scale mural works for the Lake Macquarie and Broken Hill communities, and an animated film that reflects upon ideas of social isolation for The City of Melbourne. Price’s recent gallery work draws a charismatic parallel between the classic historical western form, the pictorial naivety of folk art, and the idiosyncrasies of our ever evolving contemporary culture. Created for a time when our bodies are heavier, and our attention spans lighter, Price’s newest works question, clarify, illuminate and lampoon our contemporary form.
2019 Stockroom Group Exhibition, Boom Gallery, VIC
2019 The Sun Sat Still & Smiled Solo Exhibition, Boom Gallery, VIC
2019 Big Boom Group Exhibition, Boom Gallery, VIC
2019 Nude and Naked Art Prize – Finalist, Manning Gallery
PROJECTS AND COMMISSIONS
2020 Broken Hill City Council ‘Natives’ Mural – A mural project that told the story of the use of native plants to help protect the town.
2020 City of Melbourne ‘Strangers’ Animated Film created with funding from the COVID-19 grants program.
2020 City of Kingston ‘AL&Da’An animated projection work for the city of Kingston Bridge Projection space that explores the parallel identities of Mentone Beach as a community space.
2020 City of Booroondara Grace Park Murals A series of 2 murals for The City of Boorondara that encourage play and an active lifestyle.
2020 City of Adelaide Plunge A large scale animated mural created for the Adelaide festival centre that explores the collapsed history of the site, and it’s former life as The Adelaide City Baths.
2019 Lake Macquarie City Council, Awaba House Mural A mural for the exterior of the new gallery and Awaba House that highlights the areas
2019 Georges River Council ‘Christmas Mural’ – A mural that celebrates what Christmas means in a contemporary Australian city – diverse foods, diverse pass times, and no hint of snow.
2019 City of Port Phillip ‘South Melbourne Market Artist Residency’ A residency created while working from the South Melbourne Market. The project highlighted the uniqueness of the market, and the concept of visible labour as a connection to community.
2019 Nillumbik Council ‘Hurst’s Neon Ghost Cottage’ A site specific digital projection work that tells the story of the murder of Henry Hurst by a bushranger in the 1880’s.
2019 Olympic Park ‘D’Arcy’s Digital Dream Quilt’ An animated projection work that explores the post colonial history of the area that would become the home of the 2000 Olympics.
2019 Broken Hill City Council & Art Gallery ‘800 Souls’ – An installation consisting of over 800 drawings of people from the history of Broken Hill – drawn onto the interior of an abandonded space. The work explores ideas of community, history, and cultural space.
HISTORICAL & ONGOING
2017 Transport NSW ‘History’s Page’ A large scale animated work that explores Sydney’s criminal history on a massive 23 metre by 3 metres screen at Wynyard Station.
2005 – Present Cultural Storytelling and art making in collaboration with organisations and brands. Clients include Netflix, ABC, MTV North America, TED, The Washington Post, Sony and The BBC (UK).