1962–1984

Brazil and England


Born in Bahia, Brazil, also lives in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo

Moves to England 1966, family homes in Lavenham, London and Portugal

Attends External link opens in new tab or windowSuffolk New College, Foundation Diploma Art and Design, 1981

Attends External link opens in new tab or windowManchester Metropolitan University, BA (Hons) Design for Communication Media (film, television and graphic design), 1984,

Commendation in Liberal Studies (art history, psychology, sociology)



1984–1988

London


Moves to London, works in graphic design

Lives in Los Angeles and Portugal for a year, paints and works in television

Returns to London, works in graphic design, paints and makes short Super 8 films



1988–1994

Los Angeles

     

Moves to Los Angeles, paints and makes sculptures, works in film and graphic design

First one-artist exhibitions at AWGO, Los Angeles and Solis, Santa Fe, 1989, 1990

Lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a year

Establishes James Westwater Recycled Materials, makes design objects including furniture and home accessories,

pieces sell as far afield as Italy and Japan 

Sculptures shown at External link opens in new tab or windowGreenpeace, West Hollywood, 1993

Kathy Bryant, External link opens in new tab or window"Collected Thoughts," Los Angeles Times, March 6, 1993

One-artist exhibitions at LA Art, Encino and Lulu's Alibi, Los Angeles, 1994



1994–1998   

New Mexico, early work

   

Group exhibitions at Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica and Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, 1995   

Two-artist exhibition at Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York and one-artist exhibition at Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Galisteo, 1996

Aline Brandauer, External link opens in new tab or window"James Westwater at Linda Durham," Art in America, October, 1996

Artist-in-residence and one-artist exhibition at OffSite, Santa Fe, 1997

Co-founds Art Pod, four-artist collective that exhibits in Santa Fe and Taos until 1999

Group exhibitions at Ahra Lee Gallery, New York and External link opens in new tab or windowSITE Santa Fe, 1997

Produces series of monoprints at External link opens in new tab or windowSITE Santa Fe, 1997



1998–2005

New Mexico, mature work     


Group exhibitions at Thesaurus, London and Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York, 1998

New Mexico Museum of Art purchases Pod piece, 1999

Receives Santa Fe Art Institute scholarship to participate in Pat Steir Studio Workshop, 1999

Group exhibitions at Kiron Espace, Paris and James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, first time Corners paintings shown, 1999     

Zane Fischer, "The Artist Identity," Arté Magazine, summer/fall, 2000

Receives External link opens in new tab or windowRobert Rauschenberg Change Inc. grant, 2001

One and three-artist exhibitions at Helix Fine Art and James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, first time Ovals paintings shown, 2001     

John Carver, "Plumbing the Depths of Space," Trend Magazine, winter/spring, 2002


2003

Co-founds Peace Show, Artists Resistance Movement

Co-organizes Peace Show anti Iraq War exhibitions at 25 galleries and other spaces in Santa Fe

Curates Peace Show at External link opens in new tab or windowCenter for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe

Produces series of prints with External link opens in new tab or windowSanta Fe Editions


2004    

One-artist exhibitions at Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe and Rule Gallery, Denver and three-artist exhibition at Phil Space, Santa Fe

Group exhibitions at Rule Gallery, Denver, The Suburban, Chicago, Lothriger Dreizen, Munich, Max Fish, New York and Cream, London

Receives External link opens in new tab or windowSanta Fe Art Institute scholarships to participate in External link opens in new tab or windowKomar and Melamid and External link opens in new tab or windowRichard Tuttle Studio Workshops

and External link opens in new tab or windowPeter Schjeldahl Critical Writing Workshop

Aline Brandauer, Jon Carver, External link opens in new tab or window3-D Art/Techné, University of New Mexico Press, pp. 9, 13, 15, 17, 46–51

Sarah S. King, External link opens in new tab or window"James Westwater at Klaudia Marr," Art in America, June/July

Florian Siedel, External link opens in new tab or window"Spacemakers," Bauwelt, September



2005–2012

New York


2005    

One-person 10-year retrospective exhibition at Rule Gallery, Denver

Receives scholarship to participate at Art Santa Fe, first time lightboxes shown

External link opens in new tab or windowLannan Foundation purchases piece from Exhibitions 2d, Marfa, Texas

Converts 100-year-old school gymnasium into home and studio, Beacon, New York


2006    

Group exhibitions at NavtaSchulz Gallery, Chicago, External link opens in new tab or windowInstitute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Exhibitions 2d, Marfa

Seb Grant producer/director, External link opens in new tab or windowArtland USA, Series One, Episode 7, presented by Charlie Luxton and Mame McCutchin,

Illuminations Films, Sky Arts, UK and Gallery Channel, US, first aired November 23

Rima Suqi, External link opens in new tab or window"Gallery Hopping in Marfa," New York Magazine, October 11

External link opens in new tab or windowMuseum Art.Plus, Donaueschingen, Germany purchases series of paintings from NavtaSchulz Gallery, Chicago


2007    

One-artist sculpture and painting exhibition at NavtaSchulz Gallery, Chicago, first time Plywood Chateaux shown

Group exhibitions at Threewalls, Chicago, Cinemaland, Los Angeles and Exhibitions 2d, Marfa

Steven Evans, Zane Fischer, Ryan Schulz, External link opens in new tab or windowJames Westwater: Plywood Chateaux, NavtaSchulz Gallery

Lloyd Alter, External link opens in new tab or window"James Westwater's Plywood Chateau," TreeHugger, September 21


2008    

One-artist sculpture and painting exhibition at Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, first time External link opens in new tab or windowBlue Boy paintings shown

Homeless Chateau shown at Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon

Participates in External link opens in new tab or windowCreative Capital Professional Development Workshop, New York

Founds The Vs culture club, Beacon

Elaine Louie, External link opens in new tab or window"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, External link opens in new tab or window"Homeless Chateau: A Little Privacy," TreeHugger, January 15

External link opens in new tab or window"Your Flat-pack or Mine?" Times (UK), April 13


2010    

One and two-artist exhibitions at Van Brunt Gallery and Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, first time postcard paintings and wall installations shown

Alex Johnson, External link opens in new tab or windowShedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution, Frances Lincoln, pp. 58, 59, 120, 122

External link opens in new tab or window"James Westwater: Postcards and Matchboxes," New York Times, Metropolitan section, July 18


2011    

Group exhibitions at Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque and School of Jellyfish, Beacon

Virginia Sole-Smith, External link opens in new tab or window"Schoolhouse Rocks," ReadyMade Magazine, December/January issue, cover article

Keeps an apartment and studio in Kips Bay, Manhattan for a year 



2012–2017

Texas, Portugal, Iceland and Ireland

     

2012

Designs Westwater tartan, inclusion in External link opens in new tab or windowScottish Registry of Tartans, National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh

Awarded Arthur Harris Best in Show in FAR & WIDE at External link opens in new tab or windowWoodstock Artist's Association and Museum, New York,

juried by David A. Ross, first time Drift shown

Enrolls in External link opens in new tab or windowMFA Visualization program at Texas A&M University, College Station where also teaches art and design from 2012 to 2013

Certificate of Completion Teacher Training, Texas A&M University

One-artist exhibition at Projects on Ashburn, College Station


2013–2017     

Artist-in-residence at External link opens in new tab or windowFoundation OBRAS, Evoramonte, Portugal, 2013

Enrolls in External link opens in new tab or windowPhD Architecture program at Texas A&M University, 2013 

Artist-in-residence at External link opens in new tab or windowFire Station Artists' Studios, Dublin and External link opens in new tab or windowNes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland, 2014

Inducted as member of External link opens in new tab or windowTau Sigma Delta Honors Society in Architecture and Allied Arts, 2014

One-artist exhibition at Mad Dooley Gallery, Beacon, first time Edges shown, 2014

Artist-in-residence at External link opens in new tab or windowFoundation OBRAS, Evoramonte and one-artist exhibition at External link opens in new tab or windowEvoramonte Castle, Portugal, 2015

Andrea Weber, External link opens in new tab or window"Nes Artist Residency," Skagaströnd Review (Paris), March, 2016

External link opens in new tab or windowAcademic Excellence Award, Texas A&M University, 2016

Receives External link opens in new tab or windowPhD in Architecture, External link opens in new tab or windowUnknown Architectures: Agnes Martin and Ian Curtis, Oak Trust, Texas A&M University, 2017   



2017–2019

Cornell University


Moves to Ithaca, New York, teaches Art+Science course in the External link opens in new tab or windowDepartment of Human Centered Design, Cornell University

Rebecca Roake, External link opens in new tab or windowMobitecture: Architecture on the Move, Phaidon, p. 191, 2017

Guest lecturer, Department of Fashion Design and Management, Cornell University, 2018

One-artist exhibition at External link opens in new tab or windowMartha Van Rensselaer Gallery, Cornell University, 2018

Group exhibitions at External link opens in new tab or windowNes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, External link opens in new tab or windowWoodstock Artists Association and Museum

and External link opens in new tab or windowInlet Valley Arts Center (EyeVee), Ithaca, 2018



2019–present

Washington DC

     

2019

Moves to Washington, DC, teaches drawing in the Department of Plant Science and External link opens in new tab or windowLandscape Architecture, University of Maryland

Guest reviewer in the School of External link opens in new tab or windowArchitecture, Planning and Preservation, UMD

Paintings installed at Grayhaven/External link opens in new tab or windowEyeVee, Ithaca, ongoing

Smith Schwartz, External link opens in new tab or window"Jodi and Ryan's Immaculate Whimsy," Apartment Therapy, December 19

Returns to Edges paintings after a break of several years


2020    

Receives External link opens in new tab or windowTeaching Innovation Grant, with Drs. Byoung-Suk Kweon and Naomi Sachs, by UMD's Office of the Provost

Creates Land Art class and curates External link opens in new tab or windowAt Home and Elsewhere: Land Art Under Lockdown, PSLA, UMD

Marcina Garner, External link opens in new tab or window"Through the Lens of Art: LARC Professor Dr. James Westwater Talks Art...." PSLA Newsletter, UMD, July 14


2021

Teaches Land Art class for second year and curates External link opens in new tab or windowSpiral Found: Land Art under Lockdown II, PSLA, UMD

Samantha Watters, External link opens in new tab or window"UMD Students... Online Exhibition, Spiral Found: Land Art Under Lockdown II," AGNR News, UMD, July 27


2022

MFA committee member, Department of Art, UMD

Teaches Land Art class for third year and curates External link opens in new tab or windowNotes from the Underground: Land Art Under Lockdown III, PSLA, UMD

Graham Binder, External link opens in new tab or window"Landscape Architecture Students Present Special Land Art Exhibit," AGNR News, UMD, May 6.

Declines to renew teaching contract with UMD and returns to Ovals paintings after a break of several years


2023

Group exhibition External link opens in new tab or windowHver er Munurinn, curated by Birta Dögg Bessadóttir, University of Iceland, Reykjavik

Establishes private collection, Museum of Ground Plane Objects (MOGPO), Washington, DC,

part of land art practice of finding objects while walking, previously explored and developed in Portugal, Iceland, etc.

Painting practice returns to Corners and Edges and continues with Ovals


2024

Paintings shown at External link opens in new tab or windowManse, first public exhibition in Washington, DC

Begins to bag MOGPO finds by calendar quarter and uses selected objects as templates for paintings

Returns to use of antique, vintage and other ornate frames for first time since Blue Boy and Pinkie paintings, circa 2008

Continues to explore new compositions for Corners and Edges and maintains daily land art practice for MOGPO