Artist Profile

David James

David James

Nelson New Zealand
Artist’s Statement

The intention and goal of my creative practice is to engage the viewer at a visceral level with thoughts, ideas, and prophetic allusions that connect them to something deeper in life. My development as an artist has been parallel with my development as an observer of humanity and of the human condition, through relationships, community, and isolation. I am forever intrigued by the resilience of humans, the stupidity, and the absolute beauty that cries out to be met by another. My focus, since returning to art-making again is simply to make work that connects with people by somehow mirroring back to them some of their deepest feelings and inner thoughts. I believe we all must connect and we’re made for community and togetherness.


David is an artist, an art educator, and gallery director at ATELIER Studio|Gallery.
David’s art practice incorporates drawing, painting, photography, and video approaches to exploring faith and visual identity. He holds an undergraduate qualification in Visual Arts majoring in painting and achieved First-Class honours for his Master's degree in Art & Design. As an art educator, David worked at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology for over 12 years as a tutor on the Arts & Media programmes at certificate, diploma, and degree level before progressing into leadership and management roles in the Creative Industries programme area.
Today, as co-founder of Atelier Ministries NZ with his wife Nina, David directs the not-for-profit initiative ATELIER Studio|Gallery from where he runs his private studio.

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