James de Villiers has been active as an artist, since about the age of 19 and has followed a path of continual exploration, experimentation and self-education.
Over the past ten years or so his painting style has undergone several radical changes although the expressionistic style is one he had in the 1980s. He has been influenced mainly by the Dutch, German and Flemish masters and has produced a large body of realist works which include landscape, still life, portraits, and skyscapes. A small part of his output in the 1990s includes paintings based on South African history, namely the Anglo Boer War and the Zulu War. He works between realism and expressionism, emphasising the particular style when the need demands it.
De Villiers' main themes are derived from a study of military, art and social history, an interest in archaeology, science, ecology and music.
Affordable Art Fair 2021 at EDG2020 Gallery, Kyalami, Johannesburg. Awarded second prize for Vortex, a multimedia screenprinted work on paper.
Group show at White River Gallery, Mpumumlanga, titled "Na die Maal" (After the Meal)
Group exhibition at The Art of Siver Gallery in Cullinan
Group exhibition "Untitled" at the Moor Gallery Franschhoek
Group exhibition "Genre" at the Moor Gallery Franschhoek
Group exhibition "Ephemeral Pleasures" at the Moor Gallery Franschhoek
Group exhibition "Muse Montage" at Eclectica Design and Art
Group exhibition "Scapes: Rhythms of an Environment" at StateoftheART Gallery, Cape Town
Group exhibition "Optical Diversions" at Eclectica Design and Art Gallery, Cape Town
2016 July A pastel painting titled "After the Battle" accepted by the Delville Wood Memorial Museum in the Somme, France
Solo exhibition “Decay Transfigured” at Gallery on 6th in Parkhurst, Johannesburg.
Group exhibition “Altered Pieces” at the Thompson Gallery
Solo exhibition “Earth & Sky” at Right on the Rim at Arts on Main in Johannesburg.
Group exhibition “War and Hate” at Right on the Rim, Arts on Main, Johannesburg
Solo exhibition “Nature Morte” at the Gordart gallery in Melville, Johannesburg
Group exhbition “Earth & Sky” at the Gerard Sekoto Gallery, Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg
Group Exhibition “Forty Hand painted Pictures” at Gordart Gallery
Exhibited on group shows at Gordart Gallery, Melville “For the Record/Off the Record”. Organised and performed in “Mayday Experimental music evening” at Gordart.
Exhibited in Christmas Miniature show Gordart Gallery
Participated in group exhibition touring Mexico and the US, “Transmigrations 1999”
Group exhibition ”Buttons” at the Civic Gallery, Johannesburg
“Landscapes”, two-man show at Gallery Palette, Pretoria Art Gallery with Pieter Swanepoel
Group exhibition “Biting The Ballot”, Rembrandt Gallery, Johannesburg
Group Show at the ICA, Johannesburg
Solo exhibition at the Long Gallery, SA Association of Art Gallery, Cape Town