James Morrison Biography


Born Papua New Guinea

1972 Moves to Melbourne

Lives Melbourne



Diploma of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts


Postgraduate diploma in Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts



James Morrison - Re-imagining Papua New Guinea, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns


A HISTORY OF ROBOTICS, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Antique Egypt, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia


James Morrison The Great Tasmanian Wars, Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre for Art & Design, Monash University, Gippsland ,     Australia            

The Great Tasmanian Wars, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand

THE GREAT TASMANIAN WARS 2004 AND NEW WORKS, Darren Knight Gallery at silvershot, Melbourne, Australia                          

THE GREAT TASMANIAN WARS, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

PORT DAVEY, TASMANIA, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia
Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, U.K.

Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

talk artists initiative, Melbourne, Australia

Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Country Comforts, Stop 22 Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Sugar Spider, talk artists initiative, Melbourne, Australia



Green world, Bayside Gallery, Melbourne


Darren Knight Gallery at Sarah Scout Presents, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne

The Horse, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

The Shape of Things to Come, Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne

Darren Knight Gallery at Spring 1883, Windsor Hotel, Melbourne 1 – 4 August 2018


Darren Knight Gallery at Spring 1883Room 55, The Establishment Hotel, Sydney

Drawing, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Freshwater, Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria


Birds: Flight Paths in Australian Arts, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria

Portal for Propositions, Bus Projects, Melbourne

SPRING 1883, Room 224, Hotel Windsor, Melbourne

Panorama, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria, Australia

Laughing Waters Road: Art, Landscape and Memory in Eltham, Montsalvat, Melbourne, Australia


The past is easy, Kings ARI, Melbourne




Wilderness: Balnaves contemporary painting Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Before and After Science, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Living deadly – haunted surfaces in contemporary art, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne


I Walk the Line: New Australian Drawing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Darren Knight Gallery at Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, New Zealand


The enchanted forest - new gothic storytellers, Geelong Gallery, Victoria, Australia and Touring


The Ecologies Project, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Victoria

Look! New Perspectives on the Contemporary Collection, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia


The world in painting, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria, and touring Asia and Australia


Otherworlds, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, Australia

Antipodean bestiary, RMIT University Project Space/Spare Room, Melbourne, Australia

Strange beauty, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne

Voiceless – I feel therefore I am, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia


The Armory Show Art Fair, New York, USA

High Tide. New currents in art from Australia and New Zealand, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland &  the              Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania


We are all animals, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Australia.

Summer pleasures, Mark Moore Gallery, California, USA


Matrix 213: Some Forgotten Place, UC Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA, USA

The Ten Commandments, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany                 

I beg your pardon Mrs. Arden, there’s a chicken in your garden, Phyllis   Palmer Gallery, Latrobe University, Bendigo, Australia

Mind’s Eye, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia

2003 -2004                  

Hothouse, the Flower in Contemporary Art, State Library of Victoria; Geelong Art Gallery; Ballarat Fine Art Gallery; McClelland Art Gallery; Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia


Mystic Medusa on Art, New Contemporaries, Sydney, Australia

Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia


2002 The Year in Art, S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand                                               

Bright Paradise, The 1st Auckland Triennial, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand


Longevity, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Minim-art, talk artists initiative, Melbourne, Australia
Talk Artists Initiative, Hanover Gallery, Liverpool, UK

James Morrison, Jennifer Mills & Jonathan Luker, talk artists initiative, Melbourne, Australia

Florabunda, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne Melbourne Fringe Festival, Stop 22, Melbourne, Australia

ANZ Visual Arts Fellowship Award, Melbourne, Australia

Gardening Frocks, Actual and Fictional Artists Space, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
Self Portraits, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia


Art Monthly Australasia, Issue 290, June/July 2016

Rubik 14, Nature, 2003 (edition 100), Melbourne.

Art & Australia, Vol 43 No 1, Spring 2005

Art & Australia advertising poster, September 2005

Griffith Review 30, Summer 2010


1996 National Gallery Womens Association, Post Graduate Encouragement Award


Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Monash University Collection, Melbourne, Australia

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria, Australia

Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, Victoria


Allen, C.  Small world, in The Weekend Australian Review, 27 – 28 September, 2008, pp. 18 - 19

Angeloro, D. Tassie devil, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 23-29 April 2004

Barlow, G. Ebb and Flow, catalogue essay, James Morrison, The Great Tasmanian Wars, Monash University Museum of Art, 2005

Barlow, G. & McFarlane, K. The Ecologies Project, Exhibition catalogue, Monash University Museum of Art, 2008.

Barlow, G. Inhabiting this land in Change – Monash University Museum of Art, Pub. MUMA, Melbourne 2010, p.53

Barlow, G; Delaney, M; & McFarlane, K. (Eds.) Change – Monash University Museum of Art, Pub. MUMA, Melbourn 2010, p.60

Biesenbach, K. Die Zehn Gebote (The Ten Commandments), catalogue essay, Das Deutsche Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, 19 June- 5 Dec.. 2004, p. 123

Bridie, S. Excerpt from a conversation between James Morrison and Sandra Bridie, 24 April 2002, catalogue essay, Gertrude Street,

Artspaces, Melbourne and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia, June 2002.

Brown, R. Making money is an art form, The Sun-Herald, 26 December 2004

Buxton Contemporary Collection, The Shape of Things to Come, exhibition catalogue, Buxton Contemporary, University of Melbourne, 9 March – 24 June 2018, pp.72 - 73

 Buxton Contemporary Collection, The Michael Buxton Collection, Buxton Contemporary, Buxton Contemporary, University of Melbourne, 2018, pp. 102-103

Carty, J. Living Deadly: Haunted surfaces in contemporary art in Art Monthly Australia, Issue 235, November 2010, pp. 9-11

Cininas, J. James Morrison, Eyeline, No 57 Winter 2005

Cininas, J. The enchanted forest – new gothic storytellers’ exhibition catalogue, Geelong Gallery, Victoria, Australia, 2008

Clement, T.  Get stuffed, in Sydney Morning Herald Metro 27 June – 3 July 2008, p. 21

Davis, A, MCA collection: new acquisitions in context 2011, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2011

Day, C & Tutton, S. Before and After Science, 2010 Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. 2010.

Day, C.  James MorrisonPort Davey, Tasmania, A  short ride in a fast machine – Gertrude contemporary art spaces 1985 – 2005.Melbourne: Black Inc, 2005. p28

Delany, M. James Morrison, Port Davey, Tasmania, 2002 Annual Report, Gertrude Comtemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, 2002. 

Fallon, R. Art for sale!www.fallonandrosof.com/2006/03/art-for-sale.html, 28/06/06

Gittlen, A, 6 Artists Pushing the Limits of Paper, Artsy, 23 April 2018.


Hart, M. James Morrison in conversation with Melissa Hart, online catalogue for The Enchanted Forest, a Geelong Gallery and NETS Victoria touring exhibition, http://www.netsvictoria.org/enchanted/pdf/INTERVIEWS-Enchanted_Forest.pdf , published 2008

Lindsay, F. Dashing Dogs at the National Gallery of Victoria, pub. NGV Melbourne, 2012

Lopes, S. James Morrison in Artist Profile, Issue 19 2012, pp.72-78

Low, L, 2002: The Year in Art, Metropolitan, Sydney Morning Herald, 23-24 November, 2002

Loxley, A.  A head for structural form and an eye for porcelain dolls, Sydney Morning Herald, 6 April 2004

McDonald, J and Lloyd, R.I. Studio – Australian painters on the nature of creativity Singapore: R. Ian Lloyd Productions, 2007, pp. 124-127

McDonald, J. The Search for Wild PleasuresSpectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, 17-18 April, 2010, p.14

McNamara, T.J. Paradise seen in detail, review, The New Zealand Herald, 5 March 2001

Morrison, J., Re-Imagining Papua New Guinea, Art Monthly Australasia, Issue 290 June – July 2016, pp 41 - 48

Powles, J, James Morrison, Re-imagining Papua New Guinea, Art Dekko No.65, Cairns Regional Gallery, Australia

Rowell, A. James Morrison – A contemporary epic of natural history, Art  & Australia, Vol. 43 No 1, Spring 2005

Ruiz, C. Positioning itself to dominate the region, The Art Newspaper, No.152, November 2004

Smee, S. Natural Causes, review, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 July 2000

Smee, S. You light up my….life, review, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 October 1998

Smee, S. Fantasy Island, review, The Australian, 24th December 2004

Smith, A. The Paradise Conspiracy, catalogue essay, Bright Paradise, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand, 2001

Stanhope, Z. Catalogue essay in The World in Painting exhibition catalogue, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 2007, pp. 3-7

Stanhope, Z. Everlasting, catalogue essay, Hothouse, Monash University Museum of Art, May 2003

S´witek, G.  And Who So Happy?, Broadsheet June- August 2006, pp. 90 - 93

Walker, J. James Morrison Studio Visit, Art Guide Australia, July/August 2012. pp.54-55. http://www.artguide.com.au/features/studio-visit/james-morrison/

Zuckerman-Jacobsen. H. Some Forgotten Place, catalogue essay, Some Forgotten Place, Matrix 213, Re-imagining the Landscape in Painting, UC Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, USA. September 2004