Research and Writing
Rodney James is a highly respected writer and researcher who regularly contributes essays, articles and interviews on Australian and International art for leading auction houses, public and commercial galleries and art magazines.
Rodney was the first regional gallery curator in Australia to be awarded the Gordon Darling Foundation Global Travel Grant and was the inaugural recipient of the State Library of Victoria’s Dr Joseph Brown AO Fellowship. His current work in progress, Letters to a Critic: Alan McCulloch’s World of Art was shortlisted for the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for biography and is to be published by Miegunyah Press in 2023.
‘Blood Red: Ivan Durrant’s social conscience’, in Ian Durrant: Barrier Draw, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2020.
Una Deerbon 1882-1972 Australian potter, Peter and Relton Leaver, Melbourne, 2019.
‘Home of the Boyds: Narre Warren and The Grange’, Bunjil Place Gallery, Melbourne, 2018.
‘Let’s play: The art of our time’, Bunjil Place Gallery, Melbourne, 2018.
‘All that great coast’, Coast: The artist’s retreat: Cape Schanck to Point Nepean, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, 2018.
‘Robert Clinch: Objet D’Art’, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne, 2017.
Ian Gardiner: The printmaker’s art. Estate of Ian Gardiner, Melbourne, 2015.
‘Spirit of Place’, in ‘Alice and Beyond: Recent paintings by Mike and Janet Green’, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne, 2018.
‘Bali High: Intoxicated by the image of an enchanted isle’, The Australian, 17 September 2015.
‘Strangers in paradise: Australian Artists in Bali’, Australian artists in Bali 1930s to Now, McClelland Gallery, Melbourne.
Michael McWilliams: ‘Longford Calling’, in Michael Williams, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne, July 2015.
‘Rupert Betheras: Field Work’, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs 2014.
‘The battle for the Spencer barks: from Australia to the US 1963-65’, La Trobe Journal, State Library of Victoria, nos. 93-94, September, 2014.
‘Drawing Margaret: Nicholas Harding’, exhibition catalogue, Tweed River Art Gallery, NSW, 2013.
‘Ten years on: Fiona Larwill, Wayne Eager and Marina Strocchi in conversation with Rodney James’, exhibition catalogue, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, 2013.
Introduction, ‘Ceremony: James Smeaton’, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne, 2013.
Introduction’, Rupert Betheras: Making Tracks’, exhibition catalogue, Icon Gallery, Deakin University, Melbourne, 2012.
‘Riding the Crest’, Sea of Dreams: The lure of Port Phillip Bay 1830 – 1914, MPRG, 2011.
‘Jeffrey Smart: The question of portraiture’, MPRG, 2009.
‘Desert of ice’, in Sidney Nolan: Antarctic Journey, MPRG, November 2006.
‘Come to where the flavour is: Smoking, cigarettes and modernity’, in WARNING: Smoking has been linked to some of the most powerful images of the twentieth century, MPRG, 2006.
On Track – Edwin Tanner’s sprint king’, in Ready, Set …Go! Sporting life and Australian Art, Global Arts Link, Ipswich 2001.
‘Images of Australian life’, in Bluey & Curley: Portraits from an era 1939 – 55, Global Arts Link, Ipswich 2000.
‘The artists’ retreat: Discovering the Mornington Peninsula 1850s to the present’, MPRG 1999, pp. 4-35
‘Taste and the late nineteenth century colonial residence’, ‘Reading Namatjira’, and ‘Hirschfield Mack’ s humanism’ in Lynne Seear and Julie Ewington, eds., Brought to Light: Australian Art 1850 – 1965, Queensland Art Gallery, 1997
‘From where you stand: Murray River views’, in The River, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, 1995
‘The bomb in Australian Art’, in Nuclear (R)Age, Monash University, 1993
Décor for a doomsday frolic: Albert Tucker’s Japanese sketchbooks, Journal of the Australian War Memorial, no. 22, April 1993