James Ainslie

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The Screech of their Mournful Cry
acrylic on canvas
101 x 101 cm
James  Ainslie Noosa River Dinghy
Noosa River Dinghy
acrylic on arches paper
58 x 76 cm

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James  Ainslie

James Ainslie

James Ainslie Biography

James Ainslie’s preferred palette is acrylic paint on paper, with the occasional use of mixed media.

His forte is modern realism, although he also produces abstract art.

Ainslie’s paintings resonate with an inherent passion for the country’s unique beauty, particularly the sandy dunes and reflective waters of Queensland and South Australia.

Ainslie was born in SA in 1950, graduated in art from the South Australian School of Art and has exhibited throughout Australia and overseas since 1975. Sand and water have always inspired his work, harking back to a childhood in South Australia, spent playing around the Coorong and exploring the huge sand tracts around the Murray River. Now living in Noosa, he has turned his attention to the undulating dunes of Fraser Island and the many beaches along the Sunshine Coast shoreline.

Annual visits to Broome ensure that Kakadu and The Kimberley remain strong influences.

Ainslie was regularly an artist in residence at Ayers Rock, and was invited to represent South Australia in London with 6 other artists, and showed at the Museum of Fine Art in Pasadena, U.S.A. with Ainslie  Roberts and Garry Duncan. James won the prestigious Camberwell Flora & Fauna Prize in 1990 and was co-winner of the Barossa Valley Heritage Award.

His work is featured in prestigious collections such as Artbank; BP Australia; Reserve Bank of Australia; Mobil Australia; William Hancock collection, San Francisco; Banker’s Trust; Diamond Merchants, South Africa; and many public and private collections worldwide.

Represented by Without Pier ,Melbourne, Victoria ;Art Images ,Adelaide; Gallery One, Q.L.D.; Red Hill Gallery Q.L.D., Art Nuvo, Buderim Q.L.D.:Aarwun Gallery Canberra : Gallery: Manyung Gallery ,Vic.,.; Gallery Beneath ,Q.L.D , Shoalhaven Fine Art & Framing  gallery : N.S.W.: Lethbridge Gallery, Q.L.D.

James Ainslie Statement

As an artist my paintings are often a direct result of a location.

It is the colours, textures, smells, patterns, in fact the essence of a place that inspires my Images. The interpretation may be realistic, but often may develop more abstractly.


James Ainslie Resumé

Solo Exhibitions

2014    Trio @ Red Hill with Richard Bogus ,R.W Allen

2013    Duo in Gadfly Gallery Perth

2013    Hong Kong Art Fair

2013    Traffic Jam Gallery

2012    Kensington Gallery, Adelaide

2012    Traffic Jam Gallery , Sydney

2011    Gallery Eumundi    Q.L.D.

2010    Studio 7, Queensland

2010    Gallery Eumundi    Q.L.D.


Frampton Real Estate Pty Ltd



BP Australia

Mobil Oil Australia

Diamond Merchants South Africa

Macquarie Broadcasting

Media Escape Pty Ltd

Kernewek Lowender Collection

Myles Pearce & Co. Pty Ltd

A.M.P. Society


St John Council of S.A. Inc

State Bank Collection

Reserve Bank Collection of S.A

Reserve Bank Collection of W.A.

Barossa Valley Heritage Collection

William Hancock Collection

San Francisco...U.S.A.

Samphire Resources Perth

Glen Fryer Melbourne

Bankers Trust Australia


England, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Ireland, America, Canada, Thailand.

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