James Price is an internationally acclaimed artist and maker. He uses the term ‘maker’ as its lot easier than listing himself as a video artist, installation artist, illustrator, photographer, animation director, painter, art director, live action director, documentarian, poet, writer and storyteller.
James has won lots of awards all over the world for his works. His drawings, films, writing, paintings, installations and photography mix elements of Folk art and contemporary Abstraction to help connect the dots between our history, our identity and our inner ‘primal’ self.
In 2017 James completed a prestigious commission from Transport NSW to create an animated lm created for a 23 metre by 3 metre screen in Sydney’s Wynyard Station. The film re-imagined vintage Mugshots from the Sydney Living Museums collection to ask questions about the way Australian culture idolises elements of it’s criminal past. Consisting of over 2500 drawings made with pencil and paper the film remixes history and cultural ideology for 30,000 people a day.
Over the last 18 months James has been working on a project with the Broken Hill Gallery supported by Arts NSW. The project involves drawing 800 people from the history of Broken Hill onto an unused house in the outback town. The work explores ideas about how history shapes our sense of place, and how we can use space to redefine identity. The project has involved extensive collaboration with community groups – including historical societies, schools, sporting clubs, museums and community groups.
James has collaborated across the globe telling stories with such dynamic cultural curators as TED, The Washington Post, MTV, Coca Cola, Sony and The BBC. He has creatively overseen projects ranging in scale from $5,000 to $1.7 Million.
Whether telling his own story or helping other people tell theirs he strongly believes that communication works best when it comes directly from the imperfect heart of its creators.
Following stints living and traveling all over the globe – including a decade working from his own highly successful studio in New York, James currently resides in Melbourne. He considers himself a citizen of the world (which is rubbish, because both his passport and his accent say he’s Australian).