1962 Born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Spends youth
in Lavenham, Suffolk, England.
1981-84 Attends Manchester Metropolitan University; receives
bachelor of art in Design
Communication Media, with a Commendation in Liberal Studies (art history,
psychology, sociology), 1984.
1983 Travels throughout the United States.
Moves to London; works in graphic design.
1985-86 Lives in Portugal for three months and Los Angeles for nine months.
1986 Returns to London;
makes Super 8 films, including Burning Blue Sky filmed in
1988 Moves to Los Angeles; works
in graphic design and film.
1989-90 First one-artist exhibitions at AWGO, Los Angeles and Solis, Santa Fe, New
1990-91 Lives in Santa Fe.
Returns to Los Angeles; makes design objects and jewelry under the company
name James Westwater Recycled Materials.
1993 Work shown at Greenpeace,
West Hollywood and Fred Segal, Santa Monica.
Kathy Bryant, "Collected Thoughts," Los
Angeles Times, March 6.
1994 One-artist exhibitions at LA Art, Encino and Lulu's Alibi, Los Angeles.
Moves to New Mexico.
Group exhibitions at Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica and Charlotte Jackson
Fine Art, Santa Fe.
1996 First two-artist exhibition in New York
at Brenda Taylor Gallery and one-
artist exhibition at Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Galisteo, New Mexico;
first time Corner Square and Oval series precursors shown.
Aline Brandauer, "James Westwater
at Linda Durham," Art in America, October.
1997 Artist-in-residence and one-artist exhibition at OffSite,
Co-founds Art Pod, four-artist collective that exhibits in Santa Fe and Taos
Group exhibitions at Ahra Lee Gallery,
New York and SITE Santa Fe.
1998 Group exhibitions at Thesaurus, London and Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York.
New Mexico Museum of Art purchases Pod piece.
Receives Santa Fe Art Institute scholarship to participate
in Pat Steir Studio
Group exhibitions at Kiron Espace, Paris and James Kelly Contemporary, Santa
2000 Zane Fischer, "The Artist Identity," Arté
2001 Receives Robert Rauschenberg Change, Inc. grant.
three-artist exhibitions at Helix Fine Art and James Kelly
Contemporary, Santa Fe.
John Carver, "Plumbing the Depths of Space," Trend Magazine, winter/spring.
2003 Co-founds Peace Show, Artists'
Resistance Movement, co-organizes
anti-Iraq War exhibitions at 25 galleries and other spaces in Santa Fe, and
curates Peace Show at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe.
suite of prints with Santa Fe Editions.
One-artist exhibitions at Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe and Rule Gallery,
Denver, three-artist exhibition at Phil Space, Santa Fe, and group
Suburban, Chicago, Lothriger Dreizen, Munich, Max Fish, New York, and
Receives Santa Fe Art Institute scholarships to participate in Komar and
Melamid and Richard Tuttle Studio Workshops and Peter Schjeldahl Critical
Aline Brandauer, Jon Carver, 3-D Art/Techné, Fresco Fine Art, pp. 9, 13, 15,
Sarah S. King, "James
Westwater at Klaudia Marr," Art in America, June/July.
Florian Siedel, "Spacemakers,"
2005 Retrospective exhibition organized by Rule Gallery, Denver.
Lannan Foundation purchases piece from Exhibitions 2d, Marfa, Texas.
Moves to Beacon, New York.
Group exhibitions at NavtaSchulz Gallery, Chicago, the Santa Monica Museum of
Art, and Exhibitions 2d, Marfa.
producer/director, Artland USA, Series One, Episode 7, presented by
Charlie Luxton and Mame McCutchin, Illuminations Films, Sky
Channel, US, first aired November 23.
Rima Suqi, "Gallery Hopping in Marfa," New York Magazine, October 11.
2007 One-artist exhibition
at NavtaSchulz Gallery, Chicago; first time Plywood
Chateaux shown. Group exhibitions at Threewalls, Chicago, Cinemaland, Los
Angeles, and Exhibitions 2d, Marfa.
Evans, Zane Fischer, Ryan Schulz, James Westwater: Plywood Chateaux,
Lloyd Alter, "James Westwater's Plywood Chateau," TreeHugger,
One-artist exhibition at Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon; first time Blue Boy
Homeless Chateau shown at Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon.
Participates in Creative Capital Professional
Development Workshop, New York.
Founds The Vs culture club, Beacon.
Louie, "Chateau: The Condensed Version," New York Times, June 5.
2009 Group exhibitions at Heidi
Cho Gallery, New York, Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon,
and Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon.
Lloyd Alter, "Homeless Chateau: A Little Privacy," TreeHugger,
"Your Flat-pack or Mine?" Times
(UK), April 13.
One and two-artist exhibitions at Van Brunt Gallery and Heidi Cho Gallery, New
York; first time postcard paintings and multi-piece wall installations
Alex Johnson, Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution, Frances
Lincoln, pp. 58, 59, 120, 122.
Westwater: Postcards and Matchboxes," New York Times, Metropolitan
section, July 18
2011 Group exhibitions at Richard Levy Gallery,
Albuquerque, New Mexico and School
of Jellyfish, Beacon.
Virginia Sole-Smith, "Schoolhouse Rocks," ReadyMade Magazine, December/January
issue, cover article.
Moves to New York; lives in Kips Bay,
2012 Designs Westwater tartan;
inclusion in the Scottish Registry of Tartans,
National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Receives Arthur Harris Best in Show Award in Far &
Wide at Woodstock Artist's
Association and Museum, New York, juried by David A. Ross.
Enrolls in the MFA program at Texas A&M
University, College Station where he
also teaches art and design from 2012 to 2013.
Certificate of Completion Teacher Training, 2012, Texas A&M University.
One-artist exhibition at Projects on Ashburn, College Station, Texas.
Artist-in-residence at Foundation OBRAS, Evoramonte, Portugal.
2014 Artist-in-residence at Fire Station Artist Studios, Dublin
and Nes Artist
Inducted as a member of Tau Sigma Delta Honors Society in Architecture
One-artist exhibition at Mad Dooley Gallery, Beacon.
2015 Artist-in-residence at Foundation OBRAS, Evoramonte.
One-artist exhibition at Evoramonte Castle,
Andrea Weber, "Nes Artist
Residency," Skagaströnd Review (Paris), March.
Academic Excellence Award, Texas A&M University.
2017 Receives Doctor of Philosophy from Texas A&M University.
Dissertation Unknown Architectures: Agnes Martin and Ian Curtis, Oak Trust,
Texas A&M University.
Moves to Ithaca, New York; teaches Art+Science course in the Department
Design and Environmental
Analysis (DEA), College of Human Ecology, Cornell
Rebecca Roake, Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move, Phaidon,
One-artist exhibition at Martha Van Rensselaer Gallery, Cornell University.
Group exhibitions at Nes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Catalyst Gallery,
Beacon, New York,
and Woodstock Artists Association and Museum.