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James Cousins

b.1965, Christchurch, New Zealand

Lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand

James Cousins is known for his complex paintings which are formed from combined stencils, found imagery and processes extending from a paint, canvas, materiality nexus.

Born and raised in Christchurch, painter James Cousins completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ilam, Canterbury School of Fine Arts (1989) before qualifying as a teacher (1998). Cousins later went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland (2004), where he is currently Senior Lecturer.

Cousins’ first exhibition was in 1996 and he has exhibited regularly in New Zealand and Australia since. In 2000 he was the recipient of the Christchurch-based Olivia Spencer Bower Award Fellowship and the works created during his residency are now part of the Christchurch City Art Gallery collection.

Cousins has been selected for inclusion in numerous award exhibitions including: The Wallace Art Awards (2005), Waikato National Art Awards (2002) and the Visa Gold Awards (1996, 1998).

Exhibition highlights include inclusion in Code NZ at Canvas International in the Netherlands (2004), which resulted in participation in the 2005 Rotterdam Art Fair; and PX: A Purposeless Production/A Necessary Praxis curated by Leonhard Emmerling at St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland (2007).

Gow Langsford Gallery has represented James Cousins since 2008.