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James Drinkwater

The sea calls me by name | 1 Jun-11 Aug

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​The sea calls me by name shares its title with one of the paintings in this major solo exhibition and collaboration by Newcastle based artist James Drinkwater with Newcastle Art Gallery
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A dynamic and multi-faceted artist Drinkwater has a growing reputation as an abstract painter who immerses himself in the environment of the places he paints exploring the connections between art, cultural and personal histories.

In this exhibition Drinkwater returns to his home base in Newcastle and his familial memories as shown in his work of art titled Looking for Urchins and Louis Ferrari 2018.

The painting is an intimate response to his own life with his children searching for sea urchins in the rock pools of the Cowrie Hole near Nobby's Beach, Newcastle and is juxtaposed by his mother's memories of his grandfather Captain Louis Ferrari.

Captain Ferrari was an Italian doctor who served in Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped and died many years later now thought to be a result of the radiation exposure he received in service. 

This heartfelt collision of past and present lives are an example of Drinkwater's fearlessness by running towards, rather than away from the telling of powerful and emotionally moving stories through his arts practice.

Where: Newcastle Art Gallery
When: 1 Jun – 11 Aug
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Newcastle Art Gallery, 1 Laman St
Newcastle 2300
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1 Jun - 11 Aug
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