• Artist: Phil James
  • Exhibition Date: June 2012

Gallery 2010 & Alaska Projects present Smilex – new works by Phil James.

Phil James is best recognised for his use of the artistic technique Daubism, which is in essence the re-working of or intervening with a pre-existing art work. Drawing inspiration from Marcel Duchamp during the Dada movement, Phil’s pieces transmit a unique sense of humour and irreverence – reflecting the character of the artist himself and the era he grew up in. Through the irony of his work, Phil challenges traditional preconceptions of art as being exclusive or elitist and welcomes a new audience to consider an old and forgotten piece. For Smilex, Phil has sourced a collection of vintage paintings to rework, giving them what he describes as ‘a new lease on life; something of a second chance.’

Phil James graduated from the National Art School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2002. Selected exhibitions include Lorem Ipsum, Alaska Projects, Sydney, 2011; A Moth in Chandelier, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney, 2011; Science is Golden, Gallerie Nowhere, Montreal, 2011; Hard Sleeper, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing,  2010;  Pop Rocks, Urban Uprising Gallery, Sydney, 2011; Philjames and Shunga Woodcuts, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, 2010; GEISAI Museum 2, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, 2008. Phil was a finalist for Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in both 2005 and 2006, as well as being a finalist for the Blake Prize for Religious Art in 2005. He was awarded the Inaugural Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing in 2006 and an Australian Cultural Residency in Beijing, China in 2010.


Opening Hours

Wednesday 20 June 6 – 8pm

Thursday 21 June

Friday 22 June

Saturday 23 June

Sunday 24 June

Phil James_003 (2)web