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James Cochran

Born in England 1973 

Grew up in Adelaide, South Australia 

Currently lives in London 




2002 Master of Visual Arts, University of South Australia.
1994 Bachelor of Visual Arts, University of South Australia.
Completed with first class Honours; November 1997



2016 Ambassador for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide, SA  

2005 Drawing Lecturer, Visual Arts, 1st year students, Univerity of S.A.
2004 Painting lecturer (part time), 2nd and 3rd Year students,Roma Mitchel Arts.
Lecturer for Alla Prima painting course, Adelaide Central School of Art.
2003 Painting Lecturer, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Year students, Roma Mitchel Arts Centre

1994- 2007 Community Art Coordinator
Employed by councils throughout Adelaide as well as throughout regional South Australia to design and coordinate painting projects for schools and community centres with an emphasis on the development and education around aerosol art.


Community Cultural Development

Click here to see examples from 1993 - 2007


2023, Every Can Counts, a painting installation supported by Covent Garden, London  

2023 Timelines, a mural collaboration with Elizabeth Close, supported by the Adelaide Festival Centre 

2023 Painting for Zagame and Lamborghini for the Adelaide Motorsport Festival

2022 The language of Love, the love of languages, a mural in London supported by Babbel 

2020 London Cityscape, Blackfriars station, London with support from Network Rail 

2020 'Meet at the Heart' painting in London Bridge station with support from Network Rail  

2019 Portrait of Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone, UK. Project supported by Sky Sports F1.  

2019 Portrait of Jean Moulin, exterior wall, Ville de Chartres, France 

2018 Disney, Painting for Mickey Mouse's 90th Anniversary with Disney Studios, London 

2018 Portrait of Camille Claudel, exterior wall, Ville de Roubaix, France 

2017 Rolls Royce, Derby, UK - Portraits of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce 

2017 Pay Pal, Berlin - Portraits of Albert Einsteen, Maria Goeppert Mayer , and Marlene Dietrich inside the Paypal offices

2017 Paintings for the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Desert Fringe Festival in Port Augusta, South Australia 

2016 Painting for Instagram for Ad Week Europe at Picturehouse Central, London 

2016 Portrait of Basquiat, exterior courtyard wall at Jackman Gallery, Melbourne  

2016 Portrait of Lou Reed, for the Art Liberty Collection, Paris - Portrait painted on a remaining piece of the Berlin Wall.  

2015 Bird in Hand Winery, South Australia - Thirteen portraits of women painted in the scene of The Last Supper 

2014 Liberty London, Cosmic Heart textile print, UK  

2013 Portrait of John Lennon, Hopskotch Bar, Liverpool, UK 

Click here to see examples from 1992 - 2007



2021 The Beatles mural for the Beatles centre and monument in Ekaterinburg, Russia. With support from the UK Consulate in Ekaterinburg and the British Embassy Moscow. 

2018 'The Offering' , a mural for the Infinito Festival, Cascais, Portugal

2018 Les Capucines de l'Art - One artist, one film, Paris

2018 London Hearts, Borough Market with support from Network Rail, London 

2018 Portrait of indigenous elder Steve Goldsmith in collaboration with Elizabeth Close , Adelaide

2017 Painting for the Wonderwalls Festival, Adelaide

2016 Portrait of Shakespeare in celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare, Bankside, London. With support from Network Rail.

2014 Painting for the City of Colours festival, Birmingham

2014 Portrait of Clarice Lispector in colloboration with Sliks, Sao Paulo 

2013 Portrait of Bowie in Brixton in conjunction with The Many Faces of David Bowie exhibition at the Opera gallery, London

2013 Paintings for the Museum of Public Art, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

2013 Portrait of Anne Frank for the Anne Frank Museum, Berlin

2012 Portrait of Usain Bolt, London for the London Olympics, 2012 

2011 Painting for the Street art Festival, Hasselt, Belgium

2011 Painting at 5 Pointz, New York


Solo Exhibitions

2021 Glavny Prospekt Gallery, Ekaterinburg, Russia  

2017 Galerie Nunc, Grenoble  

2016 Galerie Raison d'Art, Lille 

2015, Atomised, Lol Pop Gallery, London 

2014, Au Coeur de la Rue, Galerie Maison Dauphine, Aix-en-Provence 

2014, Nocturnes, Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne 

2013 The Riot Series, Pure Evil Gallery, London 

2011 Exhibition and Print Release, The Outside World Gallery, London 

2011 De la ville à la mer, Galerie Raison d'Art, Lille, France 

2011 The London Street Portraits - Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne 

2010 New Paintings - Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne

2010 Blessé(d) - FELT Space, Adelaide

2009 New Paintings - Lindberg Contemporary Art, Melbourne

2008 City Souls - Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

2008 New Paintings - Lindberg Contemporary Art, Melbourne

2007 James Cochran - New Paintings, Mahoneys Galleries, Melbourne

2006 James Cochran - Peintures 1996-2006, Tri-Postal, Lille, France

2006 Point Ephemere, Paris, France

2004 Aerosol Pointillism, Adelaide Central Gallery

2003 Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney

2003 The Project Space, The Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia

2001 BMGART, Adelaide

Group Exhibitions


2019 Art Liberté - From the Berlin Wall to Street Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, for the European Capital of Culture 2019

2016 Scope Art Fair, Next Street Gallery, Miami  

2014 The Pitiless Gaze of Hysterical Realsim, 999 Contemporary, Rome

2013 The Many Faces of David Bowie, Opera Gallery London 

2012 Selected works, Aptos Cruz Gallery, South Australia 

2012 Unfinished, The Art Gallery of South Australia 

2012 World Street Collective, Galerie Raison d'Art, Lille 

2011, Alley Gallery, Hasselt, Belgium 

2010 Intangibles in Terra Australis, Kubo Kuxta Museum, San Sebastien, Spain 

2009 Reflections of Australia, Au New Hub Gallery, Beijing, China

2008 Graphein, Lindberg Contemporary Art, Melbourne

2008 The Archibald Prize Finalist Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW

2005 Identity and Desire, Art Gallery of South Australia

2005 Everyday Addictions, Art Gallery of South Australia

2004 Holy Holy Holy, Flinders University City Gallery, with the Adelaide Festival

1998 Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Members show


Curated Exhibitions

2001 Urban Dimensions, Red House Gallery, Adelaide


Selected Bibliography



Bourgeot, O. Un autre regard sur Camille Claudel, figure majeur du musée La Piscine, La Voix du Nord, Sept 28 Online link


Williamson, B. David Bowie mural artist Jimmy. C returns to Adelaide to create Fringe Festival artwork, ABC News, Feb 3 Online link

Mullin, G. From Bowie to Shakespeare: Street artist gives railway arch poetic makeover, Mirror, Oct 31 Online link 

Khomani, N. David Bowie mural in Brixton to be protected, says Lambeth Council, The Guardian, March 21 Online link 

Groom, N. David Bowie mural painted by Australian artist Jimmy C in to be preserved after becoming a moving shrine to the singer after his death, Mail Online, March 25 Online link 

Alwakeel, R. David Bowie mural artist: 'I'm honoured people are using my work as a shrine', The Evening Standard, Jan 12 Online link

Bilefsky, D. Tributes to David Bowie in the place where it all started, New York Times, Jan 11 Online link


Olympics inspires graffiti in the east end, BBC News London, Aug 14 Online link 

Chapple, I. The artist who turned Usain Bolt from track legend to Street hero, CNN, Aug 3 Online link 

Marsh, S. London Street Art: An Unlikley Source of Inspiration, The Huffington Post, Jan 18 Online link


Marsh, S. What Are the Stories Behind London's Street Art?, The Huffington Post, Dec 13 Online link  

Meyer, M. 'Jimmy. C' My journey from the streets of Adelaide to a Paris studio, The Guardian, July 19 Online link

J.B. La flânerie de James Cochran, l'artiste Australien à fleur de peau, La voix du Nord, Lille, May 22 Online link

Mereau, J. Le Tri-postal sous les bombes de l'artiste Australien, Nord Eclair, Lille, May 6 Online link 

Rule.D. Seeing Eye to Eye, The Big Issue, March, pg.20 


Drew. P. London Streets, The Adelaide Review, Nov, pg. 37     Online link 


Nunn, L. Self-portraits with difference, The Adverstiser, Dec 31, pg.9 


Gill, H. Such Lavish Sprays, Herald Sun, June 9, pg. 90

Harris, S. Shine a Light, The Advertiser, April 12, pg. 7

Reid, C. A Painter of City Life, Mahoneys Galleries, Melbourne

Pecquet, A. James Cochran, Une Esthetique du Rapprochement, Tripostal, Lille, April
Blisson, C. Les coulures du sacre, Telerama Sortir, Paris, Aug 9-15
Kawala, A. James Cochran, Paris Art, Paris, Aug 

Grimaud, E. Peintures 1996-2006, Paris Art, Paris, Aug   Online link 

Lameigniere, E. James Cochran, Redux, France, No. 20, July 

Couturier, E. Aerosol Spirituel, La Gazette Nord-Pas de Calais, April 20

Le Flecher, G. Theme Austral, Metro, Lille, May 27
Objois, F. James Cochran au Tripo, Sortir, May
Behague, C. Du graffiti aussi pour les galeries, 20minutes, France, April 18   Online link
Dupont, T. Vaporisateur de verite, Nord Eclair, Lille, May 25

McDonald, P. French Revolution for an 'unknown' artist,The Advertiser,Dec 23

Neylon, J. People and places all gone dotty, The Adelaide Review,No 258,Dec
Austin, N. More colour in the Red Centre, The Advertiser, Oct 9
Waterloo, N. Holy Holy Holy, Art Monthly Australia, No. 170, June


Dutkiewicz, A. Self-Reflection Takes Prize, The Advertiser, Dec 22
Walker, W. Lingering images, The Advertiser, Aug 9
Gallasch, K. Narcissus, RealTime, No. 55, June-July
James, B. Three Generations, one with youth on its side,The Sydney Morning
Herald, April 23


Neylon, J. Elements, Adelaide Review, No. 225, June.
Dutkiewicz, A. Budding stars shed new light, The Advertiser, May 27.

Dutkiewicz, A. Complex Abstractions, The Advertiser, Aug 8.
Reid, C. New Adelaide Grooves. What the??, RealTime, No. 43, June
Neylon, J. Quizzical and Quirky: Shine Hindley Light, Adelaide Review
No. 213, June
Neylon, J. It's a Jungle: Urban Dimensions, Adelaide Review, No 213, June.


O'Brien, D. From Walls to Canvas, Db Magazine, Issue 232,Sept.
Covernton, H. Taming the Wild Style, City Limits, City of Marion, Spring.
Walker, W. The young FIGURE it out, Weekend, The Advertiser, July 29
Newall, M (ed.) Gold Card: South Australian Emerging Artists, Experimental
Art Foundation.

Radok, S. In That Vein, The Adelaide Review, No. 179


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