James Waller is an Australian/English artist and poet, based in Clonakilty, Ireland. He has a wide ranging practice, encompassing Baroque, Byzantine and Modernist approaches to art making. His paintings, textiles and sculptures have appeared in the Sydney Opera House, St Patrick’s Cathedral (Melbourne) and the Kasmir World Music Festival. In 2010 several of his unique abstract icons were included in a survey exhibition, “Sacred Icons in Australia” at the Riddoch Gallery, Mount Gambier, South Australia. Since 2013 he has immersed himself in the Baroque and has concentrated on developing a classical painterly language. In Ireland James is represented by 2020 Gallery, Cork and The Loft Gallery, Clonakilty. Works are also available through Saatchi online.  For classes and workshops visit www.paintingschool.jameswaller.org

“Art, for me, is the vibration of a magical essence; the incantation of an arcane force, speaking itself into being, raising itself through emotional bodies of myth and symbol, in arrangements wholly other, wholly strange, wholly true.”


BVA (Fine Art), Sydney College of the Arts, Australia (1998-2001)
Grad. Cert. Art History, University of Melbourne (2006).


2016 Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival, Ireland (exhibition & workshops)
2015 Clonakilty Organic Arts festival (projections)
2006 Kasmir World Music Festival (stage backdrop)


Solo Shows

2021 Balance the Roses, Gallery Asna, Clonakilty Art Centre

2018 The Secrets of Pangaea, The Loft Gallery, Clonakilty, Ireland.
2016 Guardians of Solitude, The Loft Gallery, Clonakilty, Ireland.
2015 The Antique Gaze, The Loft Gallery, Clonakilty, Ireland
2015 Earth Light, l’Attitude, Cork, Ireland
2009 The Dark Fires, Library Art Space, Melbourne.
2006 Chaos and Intimation, J-Studios, Melbourne.
2004 The Fugue Icon Cycle, Gallery Epacris, Melbourne.
2000 Fabrics of the East, Sydney Opera House, Sydney.
2000 Fugue, In My Bedroom Gallery, Sydney
1999 Seraphim, In My bedroom Gallery, Sydney

Group Shows

2021 Silence, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin

2016 Spring Collection, 2020 Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2016 Spring Collection, Doswell Gallery, Rosscarbery, Ireland
2015 On the Trail of the Masters, CCAC, Clonakilty, Ireland
2015 Autumn/Winter Collection, 2020 Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2010 Mandorla Art Award, Fremantle, Western Australia
2009 “Sacred Icons in Australia”, Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier, South Australia (group show)
2009 +1, Library Art Space, Melbourne
2008 Spray the Word, Library Art Space, Melbourne
2008 Ghost Lines, Library Art Space, Melbourne
2008 Illuminations, Library Art Space, Melbourne