Painting Mill as part of Wonderwalls Festival, Port Adelaide, 2017

James Dodd

Built Environment, Installation, Outdoor, Painting, Public Art, Sculpture, Teaching, Wall work

James Dodd is an artist who works across a wide range of mediums. He is interested in the splashes of creativity that can be found in public spaces, especially suburbia. This has many manifestations, from simple paintings to strange contraptions or sculptures that look like they have been “home-brewed in the garden shed”.

Since completing his Masters in Visual Arts at the University of South Australia, Dodd has gone on to create an extensive body of work that he has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions. He challenges traditional notions of genre, fitting comfortably into a traditional gallery setting whilst also exploring new frontiers in visual street culture and the creative use of urban spaces. Painting has always been a core part of his practice. However, his impressive body of work also encompasses built structures, murals and a diverse catalogue of public art.

Dodd teaches at the Adelaide Central School of Art. He also continues to lead community projects and exhibits regularly across Australia.



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Solo Exhibitions

2017, Shed Wizard, Country Arts SA, Touring Exhibition
2016, Painting Mill, Bus Projects, Melbourne, VIC
2016, A Chat with Fred, Artspace Gallery, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2015, Pigment High, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2015, A Hole in the Fence, Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
2014, Sabotage, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Adelaide, SA
2013, Easel Rider, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2013, Tip of the Iceberg, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2012, Top End Scrawl, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2012, Pacific Riff, Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
2011, Boab Inscriptions, Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle, WA (including 3 month residency)
Outback Explorer, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
2010, Sunset Dreaming, 24 Hr Art, Darwin, NT
2010, Paradisiac, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2010, Insane in the Lane, Lindberg Contemporary Art, Melbourne, VIC
2009, Sunset Dreaming, CACSA Project Space, Adelaide, SA
2008, SPEAKEASY, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, SA
2006, Of Legend and Murder, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane & Firsdraft Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2004, Occupied Territory, GRANTPIRRIE Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Group Exhibitions

2017, Climate Century, Vitalstatistix and Country Arts SA, Port Adelaide, SA
2017, Exercises for Lazy Eyes, Town Hall Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2017, Series of Unexpected Events, with OSCA Projects, City of Onkaparinga, SA
2017, Dream Machines, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, NSW
2017, Snake Sessions, with Branch Nebula and Country Arts SA
2016, This is a Border (Town), with Country Arts SA
2015, do it, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, SA
2015, Paramor Prize, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW
2015, Colour is the Devil, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2014, Felt Natural, Rymill Park, Adelaide, SA
2014, Sublime Point, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW
2014, 135th Meridian, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, SA
2014, Conflict: Contemporary Responses to War, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD
2013, National Artist’s Self Portrait Prize, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD
2013, Provisional States, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Adelaide, SA
2013, I Want Change, LaTrobe University Museum of Art, Melbourne, VIC
2012, SA Illustrated, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
2012, Endless Summer, Nexus Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2012, Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW


2009, Masters of Visual Arts, South Australian School of Art, Uni SA, Adelaide, SA
2000, Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), South Australian School of Art, Uni SA, Adelaide, SA