James Hornsby

James Hornsby is a multi-disciplinary artist known for his distinctive aesthetic and experimental approach to image making. Hornsby’s practice responds to our ever-increasing use of digital imaging technologies, suggesting that we are creating new realities in equal parts seductive and out of control.

Hornsby’s projects span the physical and the virtual, exploring the intersections between the two. Between the hand-made and the digital; three-dimensional objects and two-dimensional representation; photographic truth and post-truth; and the relationship between our real and virtual lives.

Hornsby’s work has been described as explosive, bold, hyper-real, chaotic and unhinged. He has worked with the likes Vogue Magazine, Vans, Universal Music Group, EMI, Amazon Music and Sony Music and has received awards from the Brisbane City Council, the Queensland Centre for Photography and was a finalist in The Walls ‘PrizeNoPrize’ art prize.

His work has been exhibited in public and commercial galleries and festivals across Australia including, the Brisbane Powerhouse, BIGSOUND, the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Brisbane Art and Design Festival, the Adelaide Festival Centre, the Brisbane Street Art Festival, Onespace Gallery, and the Queensland Museum.

James Hornsby lives and works in Brisbane, Australia.

“Many of us—Hornsby included—cut our teeth in ‘artistic practice’ with this simple graphics editor, establishing the digital as our vernacular medium of expression….

In a time when much of contemporary art depends on cool intellectual strategies to examine the challenges of today, Hornsby chooses a more sensual approach, affording us a pre-frontal bypass, a desire path to perceptual and emotional immediacy.

…Hornsby’s skill lies in his ability to successfully map the terrain of our current emotional habitat while teetering on the edge of material breakdown. The subjects and narratives of his artworks are receding into the background, into the cellular components of the virtual environment.” – Julia Scott Green

Selected Works

Current & Past Exhibitions


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Optimistically Omnivorous

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