James Robinson was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1972 and currently lives in Port Chalmers, Dunedin. He completed a Bachelor Of Fine Arts, Otago School of Fine Arts in 2000, Diploma In Art And Craft, Hungry Creek School of Art and Craft, 1996 and Foundation In Fine Art, Nelson Polytechnic, 1990.
Robinson has exhibited regularly in private and public galleries both nationally and internationally. In 2007 he was awarded the prestigious Wallace Art residency in New York. In 2008 he was artist in residence at McCahon House Titirangi and was resident artist at Tylee Cottage, Whanganui later the same year. In 2019 he won People’s Choice award at the Parkin Award exhibition in Wellington with a In and Out, a large work from his Pyramid series. His work is urgently thoughtful, honest and direct. This is particularly evident in his drawings. Through creative exploration of materials he maps the territory of his psyche.
James Robinson’s work is held in numerous public, private and corporate collections throughout New Zealand and Australia such as James Wallace Trust Collection, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Eastern Southland Gallery, Ashburton Art Gallery, Te Manawa Museum, Otago University and New Contemporaries collection, Sydney.