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  • When23 June - 13 August
  • CuratorTerence Maloon

Early recognised as an exceptional talent, James Drinkwater has never toned-down the intensity and bravura of his approach to painting. His work has mined a vast legacy of modern art – Australian, British, American, French – as if all of it remains relevant, fresh and available to him. Now, on the brink of turning 40, this is the first survey of his prodigious past. While his paintings evoke figures, landscapes and interiors, they are also meticulously composed abstractions, distinctive for their complex and opulent fusion of texture, colour and spatial intrigue. This exhibition will be accompanied by a major publication.

AT MID-CAREER: James Drinkwater is curated by Terence Maloon.

Image: James Drinkwater, Boy with ice cream Marseille, 2016, oil on board, 140 x120 cm. Courtesy the artist and Nanda\Hobbs, Sydney.

The Drill Hall Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.