My name is James and I draw weird things.
Over the years I may have transitioned from doodling weird things in the margins of my school books to more elaborate doodlings on the canvas, but the driving force behind my drawings has remained the same; I want to amuse myself and others. 

I grew up in New Zealand, devouring surrealist comedians like Monty Python, and I blame them for my artworks silliness.

I work predominantly in graphite pencil and acrylic to create bizarre scenes that juxtapose disparate and unlikely elements. 
I try to balance the implausibility of these scenes by rendering them in a detailed realistic style.

There is something about the human mind that craves structure and rejects ambiguity. We are are story tellers, and narrative provides us with structure. It rushes in to fill the gaps in our understanding. By offering no explanation as to how or why these scenes are taking place, the image acts as single frame, a snap shot of a larger story. You, the viewer, fill in the gaps with your own unique story for every image.

Let me hear them.

  • Joined: February 2014


When The Moon Hits Your Eye.... Et Cetera Et Cetera...

Like a big pizza pie….. / I am fairly certain this is what Dean Martin was referring to in ’That’s amore’. / This painting is taking me ages. Wish me luck…. / https://www.facebook.com/jamesormistonart
Posted 3 months – 2 comments

My cash-strapped-Dr-seussian-workspace

My workspace became obsessively tailored to my needs so gradually that I didn’t notice myself become the deranged hermit I always longed to be.
Posted 4 months – 4 comments

3 days left to vote!

Only 3 days left to vote and help me win a spot in the Redbubble art residency! http://www.redbubblecreate.com/#Residency-Mel / Which means only 3 more days of me being a desperate-parasite-man feeding off your attention. / Thanks to everyone who has voted and spread the word, and to everyone else for tolerating my whiny pleas.
Posted 6 months – 2 comments


Humans of the internet! / I’ve been selected as a Top 10 finalist for RedBubble’s Artist-In-Residence Program. / But in order to secure myself an actual spot the program I need YOUR VOTES. / In exchange for your hard work I am giving away loads of swag. / To go into the draw: / 1. Follow the link www.redbubblecreate.com/#Residency-Mel (Don’t delete your voting-confirmation email! you’ll need …
Posted 6 months – 5 comments
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