James Bonnici is a contemporary artist based in Melbourne, Victoria, working in the tradition of oil painting and charcoal drawing. His current work subverts the representation of the physical world through a process of distorting, exaggerating, juxtaposing and manipulating banal, everyday objects to transform familiar and recognizable forms into unsettling imagery. Through this process, ordinary figures, objects and settings are imbued with a sense of rupture, evoking a strange and otherworldly quality. Since graduating from Fine Arts (Painting) at RMIT, Bonnici has regularly exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at spaces such as Lindberg Galleries, Beinart Gallery and Linden New Art. His work has been selected as a finalist for the Paul Guest Prize at The Bendigo Art Gallery and the Lyn McCrea Memorial Prize at Noosa Regional gallery. Further to this, Bonnici has worked as an Illustrator and animator on various projects including artwork for Sunny Leunig’s Book of Uninspiring Quotes and Kent McCarter’s book Sputnik’s Cousin.