New Zealand painter James Cousins has exhibited extensively since the mid 1990s. His work has featured in international and local group exhibitions and in solo exhibitions in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. Last year Cousins’ work was selected for group shows Afterimage (Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland) and PX: A purposeless production / A Necessary Praxis (St Paul Street, Auckland).
Cousins has employed aspects of the local landscape over the course of his career. He is perhaps particularly known for his early ‘grid’ works, which feature repetitive (though not identical) images divided by thick white grid lines. There is an element of the film reel present in these works and though the images are blurred and contain touches of the sublime, they are offset by, and tied to the technology of the present.
James Cousins holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury (1989) and a Master of Fine Arts from Elam (2004). He currently teaches at Elam School of Fine Arts and lives and works in Auckland.