James Cousins

James Cousins 2022

“Cousins practice pivots around questions of how a painting might function: how do we understand the status of an image? What systems guide our understanding? What processes could be used to disrupt these assumptions?” 

For Sculpture on the Gulf 2022, Cousins work will move outside the gallery for the first time, exploring imagery and installation on a large-scale.

Cousins was included in the contemporary painting exhibition PX: A Purposeless Production/A Necessary Praxis at ST Paul St Gallery, Auckland, curated by Leonhard Emmerling. In 2015/16, Restless Idiom a survey exhibition of Cousins’ work, curated by Ioana Gordon-Smith was held at Te Uru, Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. Cousins’ works were included in the 2015/16 exhibition Necessary Distraction, A Painting Show, Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki, curated by Natasha Conland.

James Cousins – Biography

James Cousins is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Auckland. His works are held in the collections of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, and numerous private collections. He has been selected for various awards including: the Olivia Spencer-Bower Award Fellowship 2000; The Wallace Art Award 2005; Waikato National Art Awards 2002; Visa Gold Award 1998.

Selected exhibitions include:

  • Code NZ, Canvas International, Art Rotterdam 2005;
  • PX: A Purposeless Production/A Necessary Praxis, ST Paul St Gallery 2007
  • Restless Idiom a survey exhibition of Cousins’ work at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery 2015/2016
  • Necessary Distraction, A Painting Show, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki 2015/16.