Born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Spends youth in Lavenham, England.

John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Apotheosis, 1970; walks behind Lennon and Ono as balloon takes off; filmed in Lavenham, 1969.

Declines invitation to attend Eton College at age 13; goes instead to local comprehensive, Thomas Gainsborough School.


Attends Ipswich Art College for art and design foundation year and Manchester School of Art for Bachelor of Art in filmmaking: Foundation Diploma Art and Design, 1981; BA (Hons) Design for Communication Media, Commendation in Liberal Studies (art history, psychology, sociology), 1984.


Travels throughout the United States.


Moves to London, works in graphic design.


Lives in Portugal for three months and Los Angeles for nine months.


Returns to London, makes Super 8 films, including Burning Blue Sky filmed in Portugal.


Moves to Los Angeles, works in film and design.


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


Lives in Santa Fe.


Returns to Los Angeles, starts James Westwater Recycled Materials: makes design objects including furniture and home accessories.


Sculptures shown at Greenpeace, West Hollywood.

Kathy Bryant, "Collected Thoughts," Los Angeles Times, March 6.


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.


First two-artist exhibition in New York at Brenda Taylor Gallery and one-artist exhibition at Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Galisteo.

Aline Brandauer, "James Westwater at Linda Durham," Art in America, October.


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

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 SITE Santa Fe.

Produces series of monoprints at SITE Santa Fe.


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 Workshop.

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


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


Receives Robert Rauschenberg Change, Inc. grant.

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


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


Co-founds Peace Show, Artists Resistance Movement, co-organizes Peace Show anti Iraq War exhibitions at 25 galleries and other spaces in Santa Fe, and curates Peace Show at Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe.

Produces series 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; group exhibitions at The Suburban, Chicago, Lothriger Dreizen, Munich, Max Fish, New York and Cream, London.

Receives Santa Fe Art Institute scholarships to participate in Komar and Melamid and Richard Tuttle Studio Workshops and Peter Schjeldahl Critical Writing Workshop.

Aline Brandauer, Jon Carver, 3-D Art/Techné, Fresco Fine Art, pp. 9, 13, 15, 17, 46-51.

Sarah S. King, "James Westwater at Klaudia Marr," Art in America, June/July.

Florian Siedel, "Spacemakers," Bauwelt, September.


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

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

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.

Seb Grant producer/director, Artland 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, "Gallery Hopping in Marfa," New York Magazine, October 11.


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, James Westwater: Plywood Chateaux, NavtaSchulz Gallery.

Lloyd Alter, "James Westwater's Plywood Chateau," TreeHugger, September 21.


One-artist sculpture and painting exhibition at Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon; first time Blue Boy paintings shown.

Homeless Chateau shown at Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon.

Participates in Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop, New York.

Founds The Vs culture club, Beacon.

Elaine Louie, "Chateau: The Condensed Version," New York Times, June 5.


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, January 15.

"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 wall installations shown.

Alex Johnson, Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution, Frances Lincoln, pp. 58, 59, 120, 122.

"James Westwater: Postcards and Matchboxes," New York Times, Metropolitan section, July 18.


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

Virginia Sole-Smith, "Schoolhouse Rocks," ReadyMade Magazine, December/January issue, cover article.

Moves to New York City, lives in Kips Bay, Manhattan. 


Designs Westwater tartan: inclusion in Scottish Registry of Tartans, National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Awarded Arthur Harris Best in Show in FAR & WIDE at Woodstock Artist's Association and Museum, New York, juried by David A. Ross; first time Drift shown.

Enrolls in MFA Visualization program at Texas A&M University, College Station where 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.


Artist-in-residence at Foundation OBRAS, Evoramonte, Portugal.

Enrolls in PhD Architecture program at Texas A&M University.


Artist-in-residence at Fire Station Artist Studios, Dublin and Nes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland.

Inducted as member of Tau Sigma Delta Honors Society in Architecture and Allied Arts.

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


Artist-in-residence at Foundation OBRAS, Evoramonte.

One-artist exhibition at Evoramonte Castle, Portugal.


Andrea Weber, "Nes Artist Residency," Skagaströnd Review (Paris), March.

Academic Excellence Award, Texas A&M University.     


Receives PhD 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 of Design and Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University.

Rebecca Roake, Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move, Phaidon, p. 191.


One-artist exhibition at Martha Van Rensselaer Gallery, Cornell University.

Group exhibitions at Nes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum and Inlet Valley Arts Center (EyeVee), Ithaca.


Moves to Washington, DC, teaches drawing in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and guest reviewer in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, University of Maryland.

Paintings installed at Grayhaven/EyeVee, Ithaca (ongoing).


Creates land art class and curates At Home and Elsewhere: Land Art Under Lockdown in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland.

Receives Teaching Innovation Grant, with Drs. Byoung-Suk Kweon and Naomi Sachs, by the University of Maryland's Office of the Provost.

Marcina Garner, "Through the Lens of Art: LARC Professor Dr. James Westwater Talks Art Beyond Aesthetics, and Keeping It at the Forefront," PSLA Newsletter, University of Maryland, July 14.


Teaches land art class for second year and curates Spiral Found: Land Art under Lockdown II in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland.

Samantha Watters, "UMD Students Share Their Land Art Photos in an Online Exhibition, Spiral Found: Land Art Under Lockdown II," AGNR News, University of Maryland, July 27.

"The artist's first artwork to be sold at auction was 'Angel' [1993]... at I.M. Chiat Gallery [Beverly Hills] in 2021," MutualArt, April.