b. 1986, Mildura

Lives and works in Adelaide.

James Tylor (Possum) was born in Mildura, Victoria. He spent his childhood in Menindee in far west New South Wales, and then moved to Kununurra and Derby in the Kimberley region of Western Australia in his adolescent years. From 2003 to 2008, James trained and worked as a carpenter in Australia and Denmark. In 2011 he completed a bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography) at the South Australian School of Art in Adelaide and in 2012 he completed Honours in Fine Arts (Photography) at the Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart. He returned to Adelaide in 2013 and completed a Masters in Visual Art (Photography) at the South Australian School of Art. James currently lives and works in Adelaide.

James’ artistic practice examines concepts around cultural identity in Australian contemporary society and social history. He explores Australian cultural representations through his multi-cultural heritage, which comprises Nunga (Kaurna), Māori (Te Arawa) and European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch, Iberian and Norwegian) Australian ancestry. James’ work focuses largely on the 19th century history of Australia and its continual effect on present day issues surrounding cultural identity in Australia.

James’ artistic practice specialises in experimental and historical photographic processes. He uses a hybrid of analogue and digital photographic techniques to create contemporary artworks that reference Australian society and history. The processes he employs are the physical manipulation of digital photographic printing, such as the manual hand-colouring of digital prints or the application of physical interventions to the surfaces of digital prints. James also uses the historical 19th century photographic process of the Becquerel Daguerreotype with the aid of modern technology to create new and contemporary Daguerreotypes. Photography was historically used to document Aboriginal culture and the European colonisation of Australia. James is interested in these unique photographic processes to re-contextualise the representation of Australian society and history.


JAMES TYLOR - 'Un-resettling (Handprints on rock)', 2014, hand coloured inkjet print on photorag paper, edition of 5, 50 x 50cm
2014 - 2013
JAMES TYLOR - '(Deleted scenes) From an untouched landscape #3', 2013, inkjet print on hahnemuhle paper with hole removed to a black velvet void, Edition of 5, 50 x 50cm
2014 - 2013
1986 Born
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
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