James Powditch is an acclaimed mixed media artist living and working in Sydney's inner west. In 2014 his portrait of singer Nick Cave was a finalist in the Archibald prize and his portrait of fellow artist Ben Quilty was a finalist in the Moran National Portrait Prize. James is a past winner of the Mosman Art Prize and the Blake Prize for Religious Art, a multiple Moran, Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize finalist and has been holding solo exhibitions since 1997.
Before pursuing a career as a full time artist James was a construction and prop builder for the Sydney Dance Company and the Sydney Theatre Company where he honed the skills needed to craft his unique blend of collage, assemblage and painting with a strong pop aesthetic.
In recent years James has been a regular guest artist at Dulwich Hill High School of Visual Arts and has shared his talents with his kids local primary school in Annandale, where he recently worked with years 3, 5 and 6 producing artworks for auction at the schools major P&C fundraiser. James is passionate about public education and the role that art can play in our kids lives.