Ballantyne has been painting for over 20 years. A self-taught Auckland
artist whose main medium is oils, James loves to use vibrant colour and
loose brush strokes to paint his subjects.
James trained in 3D
animation early in his career, where he worked on TV shows, movies and
finished working in the industry as an Animation teacher with Freelance
Animation College, now called Animation College.
In 2013 James
decided to pick up the paint brush fulltime and focus on portraits
developing his impressionist style moving away from realism. In 2015,
James held his first art exhibition on Maori people with Tamoko tattoos.
The success of this exhibition saw James enter into The Adam Portrait
Award in 2016 where his painting was picked to be exhibited on a touring
roadshow around New Zealand.
2019 - April - ARTerslie Exhibition
- Best Overall
2019 - April - ASB Easter Show
- Judges Chioce Award
2017 - October - Face Of A Daughter Charity Auction
- Worked with Tearfund and Nvader to raise money to fight human trafficking by raising over $17,000, beating out target of $10,00 - All six painting sold at Auction with an extra blank canvas to auctioned off on the night 2017 - June - Church of the Good Shepard fundraising auction - One painting donated 2016 - July - Matariki Exhibition at the Helensville Art Centre - Peoples Choice Award 2016 - February - Adam Portrait Award Entry - Top 59 out of 600 entries exhibition - Year long travelling exhibition 2015 - August 28th - Judge at the Trust Art, Sculpture & Photography Exhibition 2015 - July 5 - July 31 - Moko Portrait Exhibition 4 Paintings at the Helensville Art Centre 2015 - June 17 - July 4 - Moko Portrait Exhibition
11 Paintings at the Lake House Art Centre
WORK HISTORY: 2009 - 2013 - I worked as a CGI Tutor at Animation College of NZ in Auckland. I loved teaching and got a huge kick out of students who grew to become amazing artists under my guidance. 2006 - 2009 - I worked in Huhu studios for 3 years doing various jobs as an Animator, Modeller, Texture artist, Rigger