Australian Art


Born: 1946 Melbourne, VIC
  • Contemporary
  • Mixed Media
  • Photographer
  • Sculptor
  • Established



1946 Born, Melbourne, Victoria

1965-67 University of Melbourne and Australian National University, Canberra;

BA Majoring in English and Philosophy

1968-76 Lived and worked in Europe

1976 Returned to Australia

Moved to Duck Island, Keith, SA

Solo Exhibitions since 1990

2004 James Darling, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, NSW, including Wall Work 4.

2003/04 Wall Work 3, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea, New South Wales.

Custody & Consequence– Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier, South Australia, including Wave Wall 2.

2002/03 Planting Roots in Paris, Australian Embassy Gallery, Paris,
France,includingMalleefowl nest 11: SpringandWave Wall 1.

2002 Triangle 1 - Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain.

2001 Fire and Roots, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, including Malleefowl nest
7: Summer.

1996 Malleefowl nest 3: Winter, Penola Arts Festival, Penola, South Australia.

1995 Duck Island, Sixth Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music, ABC, Ultimo
Centre, Sydney – including Malleefowl nest 2: Spring.

1994 Define the Country, Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier, South Australia including
Malleefowl nest 1: Autumn.

1992 Works on Paper, S.A. Arts Council, Adelaide.

1990 Instinct, Imagination and Physical Work, Naracoorte Art Gallery, Naracoorte, South Australia.

Selected Group Exhibitions since 1991

2003 Empathy: Beyond the Horizon,Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney, New South
Wales including
Malleefowl nest 12:Spring, September 2003

2002 Wild Nature, Jamfactory Galleries, Adelaide, South Australia, including Malleefowl
nest 10: Spring, September – November 2002. Touring exhibition to 10 regional

Artists of Coonawarra and Surrounding Regions, National Wine Centre of
Australian Art Space, Adelaide, South Australia, August 2002

Public Art/Open Spaces, ARCO, Madrid, including Malleefowl nest
9: Summer. February 2002

2001 Empathy: Beyond the Horizon,Pori Taidemuseo, Pori, Finland including Malleefowl nest 8: Autumn.

Limestone Coast: Layers of the Land, Newland Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia
including Photographs
Duck Island Red Gums 1, 2, 3.

2000 Chemistry: South Australian Art 1990-2000, Art Gallery of South Australia,
Adelaide including
Malleefowl nest 6: Spring.

1998 Men Only Keith Institute, Keith, South Australia including Malleefowl nest 5: Summer

1997 The Object in an Altered Landscape: James Darling, Christopher Langton, Louise
Paramor, Mildura Arts Festival, Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria including Malleefowl
nest 4: Autumn

South East Diversity, Lombard Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia

1994 Images of the South East, (South Australia) photographic traveling exhibition,
commencing Naracoorte Art Gallery, Naracoorte, South Australia

1993 Dinner with Paul Davies, Keith Institute, Keith, South Australia

1991 Keith Earth Six, Keith Institute, Keith, South Australia

Public Art

2003/04 Fast Food,limestone sculpture on steel fork, National Limestone Sculpture Symposium: Guest artist along with Tony Bishop, Silvio Apponyi and Ivo Tadic, Old Gaol, Mt. Gambier, South Australia.

2001 Port Pirie Entrance Project: George’s Corner to Boundary Road, Environmental Art Project in which trees (melaleuka halmaturorum) and salt tolerant grass (puccinellia cilliata) have been planted to landscape 3.5km of the approach to Port Pirie, South Australia, through a samphire tidal salt swamp.

1999 Circlework, water sculpture/fountain, Soldiers’ Memorial Park, Keith, South Australia. Public sculpture commissioned for the South Australian Country Arts Trust Waterworks Project.

1993 The Sheep’s Back Museum Public Art Project: Naracoorte National Trust Fence Sculpture, Naracoorte, South Australia, March, including contribution Root Kebab.


James Darling: Instinct, Imagination Physical Workby Daniel Thomas, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, South Australia, December 2001.

“Waterworks” by Catherine Murphy, Chapter 2, Keith: Salt of the Earth, Country Arts SA, 1999.

Selected Articles and Publications since 1994

“Confronted with memories of six”, Anne Loxley, Sydney Morning Herald, April 2004.

“The better angles of our nature”, Patricia Anderson, The Australian, April 2004.

“Berkowitz and Darling: A Harvest of Art”, Laura Murray-Cree, Australian Art Review, 2004.

“Mallee Boy. Custody and Consequences, James Darling”, John Neylon, Adelaide Review, May 2003.

“Four Books”, Artlink, Volume 22 No. 4, Ian Hamilton, January 2003.

“Artistic Roots”, Look, Art Gallery Society of NSW, July 2002.

“Gallery”, Art and Australia, Volume 39, No. 4, June 2002.

“Australia at ARCO”, Object, Issue 39, May 2002.

“On the road to Madrid” – “The reign in Spain”, Benjamin Genocchio, The Australian Weekend Review, February 2002.

“Making our mark in Madrid”, Susan Archdall, The Advertiser, January 2002.

“Farming as art”, Border Chronicle, January 2002.

“Entrances to come alive”, Ellei Bone, The Recorder, Port Pirie, July 2001.

“Putting down roots”, Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser, June 2001.

“Symbolic elements in arts equation”, Wendy Walker, The Advertiser, October 2000.

“Creativity keeps a chemical balance”, Peter Ward, The Australian, Sydney, October 2000.

“Grappling with such poetics/jostling…”, Stephanie Radok, Adelaide Review, Adelaide, South Australia, October 2000.

“Isolated miracles”, Periphery, Issue No. 40-41, Spring 1999 – Summer 2000.

“Water Celebration,” Stock Journal, June 1999.

“Balancing Art, Agriculture & the Environment”, Border Chronicle, June 1999.

“WATER works for ART”, Advertiser, December 1998.

“Bird’s nest a product of a unique talent”, Naracoorte Herald, Penola Festival Review, June 1996.

“James Darling”, New Observations, Solar Art (New York), Issue 111, June 1996.

“Art about Farming”, Artlink, Culture & Agriculture, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1995.

“Keith: the Raw Materials, the Ingredients”, Community Arts National Vol. 5, 1995.

“The world is wide – James Darling”, SE Farming News, May 1994.

“From the Ground Up: The Art of James Darling”, Define the Country Catalogue, John Wolseley, April 1994.


> Member, SA State Dryland Salinity Committee, 2001 -

> Member, Integrated Catchment Management Team, Primary Industry and Resources SA, Keith, SA, 1998 -

> Founding Chairman, Saltland Solutions Inc., 1996 –

> Member, SA Reserve Planning and Management Advisory Committee to the South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Council, Department for Environment and Heritage, 1997 – 2003

> Member, Productive Use & Rehabilitation of Saline Land (PURSL) National Committee, 1998 – 2001.

> Tatiara District Council Representative on the Upper South East Advisory Committeeto theSouth East Water Conservation and Drainage Board, 1995 – 2000.

> Member, Duck Island Watercourse Conservation Committee, 1983 – 1988.

Selected Articles and Publications since 1996

“Nature is not a background”, Mark Muller, Outback Magazine, Issue 31,Oct/Nov 2003.

“Artist takes malleefowl to the world”, Malleefowl Matter, Western Australia, Edition 28, July 2002.

“Saltland as a profitable resource”, Case Studies – Sustainable Grazing for Saline Land, John Powell, CSIRO, May 2002.

“Owners and custodians of our land”, Editorial, The Advertiser, January 2002.

“Fences fall as farm and park frontiers merge”, Catherine Hockley, The Advertiser, January 2002.

“Gum Lagoon Conservation Park and Duck Island Management Plan”, Border Chronicle, August 2001.

“Putting down roots”, Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser, June 2001.

“Salt management revamps ‘swamp’”, Stock Journal, October 2000.

“A Philosophy for Salt” Natural Resource Management (Special Edition), June 2000.

“Magnificent beef produced from former South East wasteland”, Stock Journal, January 2000.

Duck Island Case Study, “Puccinellia Perennial Sweet Grass”, PIRSA, October 1997.

“Duck Island”, Salt Sand Success, Primary Industry SA/Landcare Australia, October 1996.

“Puccinellia to the Rescue”, Acres Australia, Vol. 4 No. 3, 1996.

“Just a Gentle Nudge for Nature” Acres Australia, Vol. 4 No. 3, 1996.


> “Sight beyond Boundaries”, conVerge Symposium, 2002 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Adelaide, SA, March 2002. viz

> “From Consultation to Implementation: a landowner view of the Upper South East Dryland Salinity and Flood Management Plan”, PURSL National Conference, Launceston, Tasmania, March 2001.

> “Challenging Our Practices”, Heritage and Biodiversity Conference, Department for Environment and Heritage, Adelaide, SA, July 2000.

> Salt Management in Action,“A Philosophy for Salt” and “Plants in Saline Environments: Restora Sweet Grass (RSG) - Puccinellia Ciliata”, PURSL National Conference, Naracoorte, South Australia, November 1999.

> “Art, Agriculture, Environment: the Dynamic Balance”, Visions of Future Landscapes: Fenner Conference on the Environment, Bureau of Rural Science & Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, May 1999.

> “Use or Rehabilitation of Salinized Land”, NDSP Phase II Design Workshop, Adelaide, SA, 6-7th April 1998.


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