Originally from California, I have been living in New York City for the past eight years. I have exhibited extensively in the US and abroad, including shows at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art in Japan, the Silk Gallery in Seoul, South Korea, and in galleries across the United States, France and Italy. At the age of 16, I spent one year in Western Samoa where I was exposed to fa'a Samoa, or the 'Samoan way', which became hugely influential on both my life and artwork. Humankind's relationship with nature has been a constant theme for me and the respect for tradition that I learned in Samoa has led me to pursue a traditional path in painting where a similar respect can be found for those who came before us. I received a BFA in painting the Savannah College of Art and Design before studying for five years at the Art Students League of NY. I have spent the past three years working and teaching out of my studio in Little Italy.
James's ArtPrize Entries
These are James's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.