CV + Statement

James P Kinsella (b.1955 Waterford, Ireland) 

Statement 2020 James P Kinsella – Visual Artist

My research based practice varies and entertains a variety of media and  presently explores home in relation to migration – anthropogenic interference-climate change through painting.

The concept of home and the feeling of homeliness, specifically in relation to migration and newfound ‘home experiences’ is of critical interest. The numbers of displaced people continuously increases due to the growing number of disasters world wide.

Presently through painting I investigate my feelings of home as a migrant permanently living in Vienna. I document through photography, streets that give a sense of home in minute detail, hopefully exposing visual clues that may affect my perceptions. I then recreate these images through painting, uncovering hidden visions that could contribute to these feelings.

From there I continue that processes by deconstructing these paintings, intuitively obliterating the realistic image in the hope of identifying some mysterious unknown points of interest.

Then I re-construct the work abstractly by concentrating and referencing the original colours of the streets and buildings searching to uncover deeper thoughts on our concept of home and how we form or arrive at that ‘feeling of home’.

Curriculum Vitae

James P Kinsella: Born 1955 – Waterford, Ireland. Lives – Vienna. Home Studio, 1230 Wien, Austria.

E-mail: jamespkinsella(at) /

Academic Qualifications

2010: MA in Visual Arts Practices. Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

2008:  B.A. (Hons) Visual Arts Practice, First Class Honours,   I.A.D.T. Dun Laoghaire. Thesis: Traditional Painting Will Never Die.

2004: Certificate in Visual Education,    I.A.D.T. Dun Laoghaire.

1994: M.A. qual. Anthropology, studied. University of Ireland, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland.

1979: B.A. Psychology, Geography & Economics. University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Solo Exhibitions/Projects

2010-2011: ‘The Way That We Live’, Bookcubegallery (Ongoing as Socialmaterialbank project), Dublin.

2007: ‘Creative order’, Mill Theatre Gallery, (Jan – Feb), Dublin.

2006: ‘Big Bang’, Book Cube Gallery, (Jul – Sep), Dublin.

Visiting Lecturer and Socialmaterialbank Project.

2012: (Dec) Architecture and Social Art, Contemporary Architecture 11 – Architecture Transdisciplinary. Project – The, Architektur- und Kunstgeschichte, TU Wien.

Selected Group Exhibitions/Projects

2019: Building my home studio and concentrating on panting.

2017: Art Olympia, Tokyo, Japan (June).   

2017: Write-now, Vienna. Public poetry reading, Subconscious Love; (Mar).

2017: Write-now, Vienna. Public poetry reading, poem on migration; ‘Vienna far from the Sea’ (Jan).

2016: Bild Buchpräsentation, Architektur Transdisziplinär Band 2, M Dittrich &A Rieger-Jandl; Chapter 5; Architektur un Social Art by JP Kinsella. Architektur- und Kunstgeschichte, TU Wien. (Chapter on Architecture and Social Art)

2016: Wir sind Wien. Readings on migration by migrants to Vienna. Ankerbrotfabrik, Art Centre, Absberggasse 35, Wien (June).

2016: Write-now, Vienna. Public reading, poem on homeland. ‘The Crash’ (Ireland 2008). (March).

2015: photo::vienna: werkschau. A retrospective of contemporary photography from Austria (Oct). MAK-Ausstellungshallle, Wien.

2015: Art Olympia, Tokyo, Japan (June).                

2015: SchöpfWerk Fest: The Socialmaterialbank project (June), Am SchöpfWerk, 1230 Wien.

2015: Pop Up Gallery, Incandescentartists & Art Pie, London, UK.

2015: Open studio, studiodasweissehaus. Socialmaterialbank project (21st Mar).

2014: ‘das weisse WINTER haus’, Studiodasweissehaus.  Open studio and Socialmaterialbank project (Dec). 

2014: photo::vienna: werkschau. First retrospective for contemporary photography from Austria (Nov). MAK-Ausstellungshallle, Wien.

2014: ‘OPEN STUDIO DAY’, Studio das weisse haus. Open studio and Socialmaterialbank project (Oct).

2014: Kreativen Plattform: Creative Brunch: Presentation and Socialmaterialbank participatory project (Oct). 1050 Wien.

2014: SchöpfWerk Fest: The Socialmaterialbank project (June), Am SchöpfWerk, 1230 Wien.

2014: Studio das weisse haus. Open Studio and Socialmaterialbank participatory project (Feb).

2013: Studio das weisse haus, Exhibition & X-Party, Socialmaterialbank participatory project and paintings.

2013: Studio das weisse haus, Open Studio and Socialmaterialbank project.

2013: SchöpfWerkFest: The Socialmaterialbank Project, Am Schöpfwerk, 1230 Wien.

2012: Pflanzentauschmarkt, The Socialmaterialbank Project,, Stadtteilzentrum Bassena, Am Schöpfwerk 29/14, Wien.

2011: The green-Door Leitrim Weekend, at The Dock Art Centre, Carrick-On-Shannon and The Leitrim Sculpture Centre, (9th – 11th September.

2010: “IS…IT? An off-site project, The Model, at The Trades Club, Sligo.

2009: 11th International Istanbul Biennial – parallel event, 1st International Artist     Initiatives Istanbul Meeting, (Oct). Title of Intervention; ‘Café Idea’.

2009: Public Gesture: The Lab, Dublin. (June).                                     

2008: Sculpture in Context 2008, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Invited Guest, (Oct).

Catalogue/ Publication/General

Publication: Architektur Transdisziplinär, Band 2; Article/Lecture Ch.5,                        Architektur un Social Art, IVA Verlag, Wien, 2016.   

Shortlisted: 2015 Theatrum Mundi: 2015 Designing the urban commons: re-imagining spaces in London as places for collaboration, sharing and collective ownership. A competition inspired by the right to the commons.

Shortlisted: 2014 IDEA CAMP European Cultural Foundation.

Shortlisted: 2010. Art of Giving, National Art Competition (UK), Sculpture.

Graduate Review: Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, p16, 18-6-2008.

Graduate Exhibition publication: 2004, The School of Creative Arts.

Founder: Bookcubegallery 2006-2011, Bookcubegallery, Dublin.

Rathmines Bookshop: Setup and ran (Second-hand books) from 1988-2011.


2017: Art Olympia 2017, Tokyo, Japan, First-round winner, award $500 & exhibition of work in Tokyo.

2015: Art Olympia 2015, Tokyo, Japan. First-round winner, award $500 & exhibition of work in Tokyo.

2011: The Green-Door Leitrim weekend: Grant award.

2009: 11th International Istanbul Biennial: Bursary/Grant award.