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James Tylor


James Tylor is an Aboriginal - Maori - Anglo photomedia artist. His investigations into personal histories of place and identity combine intelligence, technical skill and an individual asethetic which result in a fresh take on such complex issues.

Works chronology  
works 2013 2014 works 2013 2014 works 2013 2014  
These are our objects, 2015, Artist statement

This series of daguerreotypes highlights illegal drug use and drug addiction within Australia. The use of drugs is now relatively common and affects all levels of Australian society both directly and indirectly. Drug use and addiction doesn't discriminate based on race, gender, wealth or class. While drugs themselves may not discriminate against members of our society, sadly our society does discriminate against those within our community who become drug addicts. Drug users can feel alienated from their community, particularly as this contentious topic results in a reluctance to seriously discuss the use of illegal substances. This has lead to a lack of support for people who want or need help to recover from drug abuse.

It is important to talk about the use of illegal drugs in Australia. To encourage people in our community to seek help before their addiction results in harm to themselves or others. As someone who has had problems with drug addiction in the past, I am aware of the issues that can ensue.

These are our objects seeks to create a dialogue around this subject. I have attempted to begin a conversation by photographing homemade drug paraphernalia created from everyday objects and used during the years I was addicted to marijuana and amphetamines. I hope by sharing my story it will help to break down the stigma associated with drug use and create a greater awareness of the hazardous nature of its accessibility.

- James Tylor, 2015


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1986 Born James Tylor
2011 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography), South Australian School of Art
2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (Photography), Tasmanian School of Art
Masters of Visual Art and Design (Photography), South Australian School of Art

Lives and works in Adelaide, SA



2016 Territorial Encounters, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide
Un-Resettling, Alaska Projects, Sydney
Aotearoa My Hawaiki, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
Aotearoa My Hawaiki, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2015 Aotearoa My Hawaiki, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
Un-Resettling, Photo Access, Canberra
These are Our Objects, GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide
Un-Resettling, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin
DeCookolisation, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2014 Un-resettling (Place), Constance ARI, Hobart TAS
2013 Past the measuring stick, Marshall Arts Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2016 Silence Nature, JamFactory, Seppeltsfield, SA
Un-resettling, European Month of Photography, Embassy of Australia, Berlin
New Matter: Recent forms of Photographs, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne (Finalist)
Alchemical Traces, Shimmer Photography Biennial, Red Poles Gallery, Adelaide
Our Mob, Coorong Council Gallery, Tailem Bend, SA
Resolution: Contemporary Indigenous photo-media of NGA, Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbuh, NSW
Darkness on the Edge of Town, Artbank, Sydney
Endless Circulation: TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Vic
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin (Finalist)
Our Mob,  Walkway Gallery, Bordertown, SA
Over The Fence, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
Our Mob, Naracoorte Art Gallery, Naracoorte, SA
Fleurieu Art Prize, Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum, Adelaide (Finalist)
Reframed , Incinerator Main Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
Our Mob, Millicent Art Gallery, Millicent, SA
Shadow Sites, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
   Our Mob,  Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier, SA
Even Still, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide
Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham Art Gallery, Werribee, Vic (Finalist)
Cultural Revelations, Trinity Grammar School, Melbourne, Vic

Cutting edge: 21st-century photography Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Via Niu Wai Niu Coconut water Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Caboolture, QLD
Wish You Were Here, Adelaide Central School of Art, Adelaide
The Alchemists, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts Festival, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Our Mob, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
Fringe Dweller, Sauerbier House Contemporary Arts Space, Port Noarlunga, SA
Concrete, Istanbul Biannual, Istanbul, Turkey
Victorian Aboriginal Art Awards, Ballarat Regional Art Gallery, Vic
Salon Des Refusés, Stokes Hill Wharf Darwin, Darwin
Penumbral Tales, Flinder University City Gallery, Adelaide
Erased Series (From an Untouched Landscape), Adelaide City Council Art pod, Adelaide
Ghostly Nature, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide
Some Australian Photographs, Paul Mc Namara Gallery, Whanganui, Aotearoa/New Zealand
   The Skin Off Our Time, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide


Southern Window, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin, NT
Our Mob contemporary, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide SA
135 Meridian East, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide SA
Archaeology of Descent, Marshall Arts, Adelaide SA
North, South, East, West, Vivien Anderson Gallery presenting at Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, VIC
Outlaws, Linden Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne
31st Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Muesum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT
On men, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
National Work on Paper Prize, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC
Moriendo Renasor, SASA Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Bay of Fires Art Prize, Gallery Parnella, St Helen, TAS
Seen, Heard and Understood, Prospect Gallery, SA
Concrete, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Past Illusions and Present Realities, Nexus Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Grid Festival, Coffee Pot, Adelaide, SA


The Analogue lab Exhibition: Alternative Photography on Paper, Glass and Metal, The Mill, Adelaide, SA
Decoration and Design: The black object, Australian Academy of Design, Port Melbourne, VIC
Distorted: Illusion through the camera lens, Tooth and Nail Gallery, Adelaide, & Constance Ari, Hobart, TAS
Add On, Depot II Gallery, Syndey, NSW
On What Grounds, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute & Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
First Light, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, ACT
On Men, Feltspace, Adelaide, SA
Our Mob, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA & Hong Kong, China
Full Circle: Visual Arts Graduate exhibition, South Australian School of Art, Adelaide, SA
Felt Natural, Torrens River: public art project, Torrens River, Adelaide, SA
Macquarie group emerging artist prize, Macquarie group building, Sydney, NSW


Kodak Salon, Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, VIC
Honours and Master of Fine Art and Design exhibition, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, TAS
Shimmer Festival, Penny Hill Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Black and white, Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, TAS
UP: Experimental photography of the sky, Tooth and Nail Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Cliftons Art Prize, Adelaide, SA


The Shadow Box, Liverpool St Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China
3 found media, Liverpool St Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Rare: SASA Graduate Exhibition 2011, SASA Gallery, Adelaide, SA


120 Artists in 12 Weeks, SASA Gallery, Adelaide, SA
structural integrity, FELT space/Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Kimberley Art Prize, Derby, WA
Seed of change, Black Pearl Gallery, Port Adelaide, SA
Exquisite corpse collaboration, The Reading Room, Adelaide, SA


ndigenous art exhibition, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, SA
Turning point, Black Pearl Gallery, Port Adelaide, SA
symbolic flora, Phat Café, Adelaide, SA

2016 Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham Art Gallery, Werribee, Vic (Finalist)
Fleurieu Art prize, Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum, Adelaide (Finalist)
33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin (Finalist)
Bowness Photography Prize Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Vic (Finalist)
2015 Victorian Aboriginal Art Awards, Ballarat Regional Art Gallery, Vic (Finalist)
Salon Des Refusés, Stokes Hill Wharf Darwin, Darwin, NT (Finalist)
2014 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards, Art Gallery of Ballarat, VIC (Finalist)
31st Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin, NT (Finalist)
Bay of Fires Art Prize, Gallery Parnella, St Helen, TAS (Finalist)
National Work on Paper Prize, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, VIC (Finalist)

Cliftons Art Prize, Adelaide, SA (Finalist)
Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize, Sydney, NSW (Winner)


Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA
Artbank, Sydney
Monash Gallery of Art
PhotoAccess, Canberra, ACT
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC
Macquarie Group, Sydney, NSW
Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, VIC
Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum, Charlottesville, USA
Australian Embassy, Washington DC, USA  
Private collections in Australia, USA and New Zealand