James Dodd

Lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia.

James Dodd is an artist who works across a wide range of mediums. He is interested in the splashes of creativity that can be found in public spaces, especially suburbia. This has many manifestations, from simple paintings to strange contraptions or sculptures that look like they have been “home-brewed in the garden shed”. Since completing his Masters in Visual Arts at the University of South Australia, Dodd has gone on to create an extensive body of work that he has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions. He challenges traditional notions of genre, fitting comfortably into a traditional gallery setting whilst also exploring new frontiers in visual street culture and the creative use of urban spaces. Painting has always been a core part of his practice. However, his impressive body of work also encompasses built structures, murals and a diverse catalogue of public art. Dodd teaches at the Adelaide Central School of Art, leads community projects and exhibits regularly across Australia.


2009  Completed Masters of Visual Arts – South Australian School of Art, Uni SA
2000  Completed Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) – South Australian School of Art, Uni SA


2015  Pigment High, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
A Hole in the Fence, Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne
2014  Sabotage, Contemporary Art Centre of S.A., Adelaide
2013  Easel Rider, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane
Tip of the Iceberg, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
2012  Top End Scrawl, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
2011  Pacific Riff, Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne
The Sirens Call, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane
2010  Outback Explorer, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
Boab Inscriptions, Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle
Outback Explorer, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
2009  Sunset Dreaming, 24 Hr Art, Darwin
Paradisiac, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane
Insane in the Lane, Lindberg Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2008  Sunset Dreaming, CACSA Project Space, Adelaide
2007  SPEAKEASY, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
WERD, Inflight Gallery, Hobart
2006  James Dodd, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane
2005  Something Metal Inside of Me, Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne
Of Legend and Murder, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane & Firsdraft Gallery, Sydney
2004  Occupied Territory, GRANTPIRRIE Gallery, Sydney 


2021  Low Pressure System, Hugo Michell Gallery
2015  CACSA Contemporary 2015, Various venues, Adelaide
Colour is the Devil, Firstdraft, Sydney
Paramor Art Prize
2014  Sublime Point, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
135th Meridian, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
Now and Then: A ten year anniversary exhibition, Second Story, Melbourne
Conflict: Contemporary Responses to War, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane
Albany Art Prize
2013  National Artist’s Self Portrait Prize, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane
Provisional States, Contemporary Art Centre of S.A., Adelaide
I Want Change, LaTrobe University Museum of Art, Melbourne
Wyld Stallyns, Adelaide Central School of Art, Adelaide
Random, City of Holdfast Bay Public Art Project, Adelaide
Fleurieu Landscape Prize
2012  S.A. Illustrated, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Endless Summer, Nexus Gallery, Adelaide
Splendor in the Grass, Byron Bay
2011  Soft Rebellion, SASA Gallery, Adelaide
2010  New New, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide
Space Invaders, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (national touring exhibition)
The May Lane Project, Bathurst Regional Gallery (national touring exhibition)
Present Tense, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2009  Hits From the Wand, FELTSpace, Adelaide
Cryptophilistinism, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces,Melbourne and CAST, Hobart
2008  Optimism, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Cans Festival, London
2007  Rich Text, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
2005  Blacklab Gallery, Digmeout, Osaka, Japan
Half Life, Kings ARI, Melbourne & Inflight, Hobart
Paper Politics, Seattle Print Arts, Seattle
2004  Eureka Revisited, Ballarat Regional Gallery (national touring exhibition)
City Views, Museum of Brisbane
2003  Feedback, Monash Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
2002  Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Die Cast, High St Project, Christchurch, New Zealand
2001  Gleam, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand
2000  endzone, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Gleam, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide


2014  Arts SA Project Development Funding
2012  Art Gallery of South Australia Contemporary Collectors Print Commission
Adelaide City Council Public Art Commission
Arts SA Project Development Funding
2011  Adelaide City Council Public Art Commission
2010  Awarded Arts SA Project Development Funding
2009  Awarded Arts SA Project Development Funding
2008  Awarded Arts SA Project Development Funding
Awarded UniSA Postgraduate Research National Travel Award
2007  Board Member, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
Awarded Arts SA Professional Development Funding
2006  Board Member, Kings ARI, Melbourne


University of Queensland Art Museum
National Gallery of Australia
Australian National Maratime Museum
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Unley Museum
Private Collections