James Dive is an independent internationally celebrated installation artist, director, and designer who has built a unique reputation as someone who wilfully and successfully flirts the line between art and commerce.
A former member of The Glue Society, James Dive's multi-disciplinary approach to creativity has seen his work appear everywhere from contemporary art shows in Miami to billboards in Iraq.
James Dive’s work has been the subject of critical acclaim throughout his career including a Grand Prix at Cannes, three Gold Lions, and the 2011 recipient of the Major Art Award by Jens Erik Sørensen, the Director of ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark.
James Dive was quoted as ‘the highlight of Miami Basel’ by the Guardian and in 2014 Dive was chosen for the cover of Wild Art, a Phaidon publication celebrating artists who challenge the perimeters of the established art world.
His work includes the iconic melted ice cream van, Hot With the Chance of a Late Storm, and the infamous raining house, I Wish You Hadn’t Asked, which attracted (and soaked) huge crowds in both Sydney and Denmark.
His unique ability to realise intricate, large scale public works has culminated in his latest work, Us, an outdoor photo studio where people passing by are invited to be part of a formal group photo with fellow strangers. 6435 people were photographed over 17 days.
James Dive has built a strong reputation for his ability to take on and deliver commercial artistic commissions using his skills as a film director and artist, including the award winning ANZ Gaytms and the acclaimed Tiger Beer Trading Co. in New York.
He works as an artist and director from his studio in Sydney.