J a m e s  F.   O r m s b y

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Drawing is the medium which has been the blood of my life…
I felt very strongly that I had ancestors.
I wanted to pit myself against the past
and I also wanted to go forward.
I wanted to use objects…
but I also yearned to have my feet in historical drawing.

Jim Dine 2003




Born in 1957, in New Zealand, James affiliates with the iwi (tribal) groups, Ngati Maniapoto, Waikato, Te Arawa and Ferguson Clan

He graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in 2001 from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia. In 2002 his work was included in the Siemens Fine Art Scholarship Exhibition at the RMIT Gallery in Melbourne.

Since 1998 he has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in New Zealand and Australia. His work is considered to be a significant voice in contemporary Maori art, expressing cross-cultural issues and contemporary interpretations of Maori culture. At the same time, James pushes the boundaries of drawing traditions, producing works which are at once grand, imposing and highly personal.

Recently, he has held major solo exhibitions at through out New Zealand. His work is held in many of the major New Zealand and Australian collections including The Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa o Tongarewa (Wellington), the Waikato Museum (Hamilton), The University of Melbourne.


Contact: james@jamesormsby.com
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