Curriculum Vitae – Alexander James & The Distil Ennui Studio®

®  Distil Ennui.   definition…   to extract the essence and beauty of life to appease world weariness.

The Distil Ennui Studio was formed in 1990 by Alexander James Hamilton, a British artist that has explored the mechanics of water as a primary medium for three decades through a studio and location based practice, the works presented here are documented ‘in-camera‘ underwater on analogue camera plates and are presented without the use of post production.

Since 2013 all prints are unique with no editions ever to be released.

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Alexander James

Born 1967, London

Lives London

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS…

08-2017     –    ‘Death of the dream’ 4th to 17th Sep 2017, Dellasposa Gallery, London.

05-2017     –    ‘All icons are false‘ May 2017, D-Contemporary Gallery, London.

05-2016     –    ‘The illusion of oils‘ May 2016. Iset Tower, Ekaterinburg, Russia.

01-2015     –    ‘Oil + Water‘ IX sculptural works created & installed in the forests of Siberia.

10-2014     –    ‘Vanitas‘ Cafe Royal London. 2nd Oct 2014 until 2nd Jan 2015.

04-2014     –    ‘Rastvorennaya Pechal‘ 17th April to 11th May 2014, Triumph Gallery, Moscow.

04-2013     –    ‘Intersection‘ hosted by Patrick Barstow & Peter Simon & The Monsoon Collection.

05-2012     –    ‘A beautiful announcement of death‘ Pertwee Anderson & Gold Gallery, London.

05-2010     –    ‘Taxi’  Ann330 Gallery, Los Angeles.

04-2010     –    ‘Tokyo Green’  Conningsby Gallery, London.

09-2009     –    ‘Space & Time’  London.

01-2008     –    ‘Working Water’ RCP Gallery, Sydney.

09-2006     –    ‘Flight‘ The Boiler House, Shanghai.

11-2004     –    ‘Shift’ 109 Building, Shibuya, Tokyo.

08-2003     –    ‘No Logo’ Maison Bastille, Paris.

08-2002     –    ‘The Colour Candy’ Sydney.

09-2000     –    ‘Flesh & Foliage‘ Loft 56, New York

07-1999     –    ‘Liquid Mechanics‘ 18 installation works mapping Kent chalk streams.

01-1996     –    ‘Defluxio‘ deviation plinths installed in Los Angeles floodwater causeway.

12-1995     –    ‘Dreams walking past‘ Guerrilla exhibition installation Fifth Avenue, New York.

02-1990     –    ‘Flight’ London.

09-1987     –    ‘Parking For Free‘ Guerrilla exhibition in New York car park set across three levels.

02-1986     –    ‘Intervened‘ 20 underwater installation mapping Caribbean endangered reef hotspots.

07-1985     –    ‘Under the surface‘ documenting tourisms effect offshore. National Pantheon, D.Rep.

GROUP SHOWS (selected)…
05-2017     –    ‘Ars Moriendi’ 10 to 30 May 2017, Dellasposa Gallery.

02-2017     –     Museum Contemporary Art ‘Vanitas‘ in ‘Narte Morte‘. Four Domes Pavillion. Pl.

04-2016     –    ‘Reinvigorating the still life‘ Konsthallen Bohuslän Museum, Sweden.

06-2015     –    ‘Natre Morte‘ Hå Gamle Prestegard Museum exhibition, Stavanger, Norway.

08-2014     –     Photo Shanghai with Valérie-Anne Giscard d’Estaing.

12-2011     –    ‘Iconoclasts’ Lloyds Club, London.

10-2011     –    ‘The House Of The Nobleman‘ London, Curated by Victoria Golembiovskaya.

06-2011     –    ‘Still Even’ Pertwee Anderson & Gold Gallery, London.

01-2011     –    ‘Artmosh’  Munich.

12-2010     –    ‘Artmosh’ London.

10-2010     –    ‘You Are Here’  Flaere Gallery, London.

07-2009     –    ‘Artmosh’  Paris.

PROJECTS (selected)…
10-2017     –     Studio relocates to Maldives to create a series of location based installtion works.

10-2016     –     Launch secure legacy artwork authentication with US-Copright Office & BlockChain.

01-2016     –     Three Films released from the 2015 artist residency.

07-2015     –     Artist Residency Program, 8 artists working in the studio during August 2015.

01-2015     –     Studio relocates to Siberia to create a new body of work ‘Oil + Water‘.

12-2014     –     Artist talk ‘Deconstructing Flow Practice’, Cafe Royal, London.

09-2014     –     London residency placement offered to Russian painter Alex Kuznetsov.

11-2013     –     Studio relocates to ‘Red October‘ factory in Moscow to create ‘Rastvorennaya Pechal‘.

03-2012     –    ‘Tokyo Taxi’ published by Merrell, images & text (2002 – 20012) Alexander James.

BIBLIOGRAPHY (selected)…
08-2017     –     Jessica McBride, curator Dellasposa Fine Art & the history behind flag motifs.

05-2017     –     inteview with ArtNet. How can water be a medium?.

02-2017     –     article ‘Studio as laboratory‘ published in issue 13 AfterNyne Magazine.

07-2016     –     article ‘The butterfly effect‘ Christie’s International Magazine.

06-2016     –     article ‘Dancing with butterflies’ by Tricia Divets of Private Air Magazine.

01-2016     –     Philistine Magazine ‘Pure Process‘ article with Crista Leonard & Dominic Perry.

12-2015     –     Russia Today TV ‘Immersed In Moscow‘ TV documentary on  ‘Rastvorennaya Pechal’.

12-2015     –    ‘Portrait of an artist‘ article by Eloise Stevens.

09-2015     –     ‘Chaos In Residence‘ by Eloise Stephens.

08-2015     –     article FOUR Magazine’s Arts Editor, Eva Luis Schwatz.

06-2015     –    ‘OIL + WATER‘ shortlisted ‘Environmental photographer of the year 2015’ award.

01-2015     –     Four Magazine ‘Malerisch Fotografiert’ article with Arts Editor, Eva-Luise Scharwz.

11-2014     –     Laissez Faire Arts article ‘Ophelia & The Chocolate Factory‘ written by Britt Pflüger.

09-2014     –    ‘Deutche Welle‘ broadcast EuroMax TV’s studio visit & the underwater process.

08-2014     –     article by Anna Mcnay, Arts Critic for Studio International discussing Russia.

07-2014     –     Josh Sims from Billionaire Magazine interview with discussions of Russia.

06-2014     –     ‘An Englishman in Moscow‘ by Sophie Jane Newstead for Bric Magazine.

04-2014     –    The Global Panorama Jess Rayner article ‘Underwater Installation Art

03-2014     –     professor Andrei Tolstoy; née Leo Tolstoy critical text for  ‘Rastvorennaya Pechal‘.

03-2014     –     RPS, ‘1st British artist in 30 years, prepares & exhibit works in Russia’.

02-2014     –     Voice Of Russia. Radio interview, London.

01-2014     –     FAD Art’s Editor Kimberly Brown; article discussing my relocation to Russia.

11-2013     –     Blouin Arts, Moscow Arts Editor, Nastassia Astrasheuskaya article.

10-2013     –     Thames & Hudson publish ‘Natre Morte‘  with Vanitas works.

08-2013     –     Moscow Times, Arts & Culture Editor Garrison Golubock interview on ‘Art & Russia‘.

05-2013     –     The Positive, Arts Correspondent Hannah Tyrell discuss ‘Behind the art‘.

04-2013     –     The Independant, Matlida Battersby investigates the exhibition ‘Intersection‘.

01-2013     –    Dead Or Alive Gavin Lucas, Arts Editor of Creative Review deconstructs ‘Glass’.

12-2012     –     Sunday Telegraph Newspaper, ‘Panorama In The Arts’ Section explores ‘Glass’.

03-2012     –    ‘Tokyo Taxi’ published by Merrell, photog & texts (2002 – 20012) Alexander James.

09-2010     –     AOP  IMAGE Magazine; front cover & lead article exploring ‘Fusion‘.

06-2010     –     article ‘Fusion‘ by Academic John Routledge.

COLLECTIONS…
04-2016     –    ‘The Great Leveller‘ The Donna Spaan Contemporary Collection of Art, Calvin College.

07-2013     –    ‘Morpho Rhetenor Helena‘  joins the Monsoon Art Collection.

04-2013     –    ‘Multiply’ from ‘Vanitas‘ acquired by Ivor Braka of The Fine Art Fund.

04-2011     –    ‘Talk to me’ joins Davis Lisboa Museum collection.

AUCTION RESULTS…
06-2017     –    Christie’s  ‘Plate 0913-010’ Unique Print 80 x 80 cms. £5,000 GBP

08-2016     –    ‘Untitled Plate 0813-021‘ Unique Chromogenic Print 160 x 160 cms. $15,000 USD

04-2016     –    ‘The Great Leveller‘. No 9 of 20. Chromogenic Print 19 x 25 cms.  $2750 USD

08-2013     –    Christie’s  ‘Grace‘ AP No. I. Chromogenic Print 200 x 150 cms. $19,000 USD

MEDIA LINKS…

02-2017     –   ‘Studio as laboratory‘ published in issue 13 AfterNyne Magazine.

01-2016     –    Film ‘Shifting Parameters‘ released.

01-2016     –    Film ‘Water Light‘ released.

12-2015     –    RTV Television Documentary ‘Immersed in Moscow‘.

04-2014     –    M24 Television interview opening of Moscow Exhibition ‘Rastvorennaya Pechal’.

02-2014     –    Voice Of Russia. Radio interview, London.

02-2014     –    PRIVET Television interview given in the ‘Red October’ studio. Moscow.

09-2014     –    Deutche Welle, EuroMax television interview, studio, London.

01-2014     –    Laissez-Faire’s Arts Editor Britt Pfluger, article ‘Process & Russia’.

12-2012     –   ‘Intersection‘ Film I, studio, London.

03-2012     –   ‘Tokyo Taxi’ published by Merrell, photog. & texts (2002-20012) Alexander James.

CATALOGUES…

‘All icons are false’ Catalogue

‘Transparency of a dream’ Catalogue

‘OIL + WATER’ Catalogue

‘Rastvorennaya Pechal’  Exhibition Catalogue (english & Russian text)

‘Vanitas’ Catalogue (russian text)

‘Vanitas’ Catalogue (english text)

‘A beautiful announcement of death’ Exhibition Catalogue

‘Swarm’ Catalogue

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