jimmie james (jimmie_james)

jimmie james (jimmie_james)

Jimmie James' paintings ring true: they offer deep emotional honesty. His abstract canvasses balance layered fields of color with automatic drawing. They are at once delicate and gritty, ethereal and yet anchored in the present. Inspired by his native New York, James’ work references specific moments, his line resolving into small scenarios defined by brief, eloquent gestures. Exuberant splashes of color introduce a playful element, frequently underlined by titles that read like clips of dialogue excerpted from a novel. As choreographer Ann Carlson puts it, “Jimmie James’ works respond in equal parts to life on New York City streets as well as to the journey of the human heart.” Trained as an architect, James’ work has long been collected outside of the gallery system. His paintings have been exhibited across the United States at the Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, Thomas Werner Gallery, New York City, and Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, to name a few. He has completed numerous commissions for private collectors and organizations as diverse as the New York University School of Law, Westin Hotels, and Gensler. In addition, his paintings have been selected by Verve Records for numerous CD covers. His collectors run the gamut from private individuals to Raphael Vinoly (architect), Simon Baker (actor), Lyle Ashton Harris (artist), Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver) and Rob Thomas (lead singer, Matchbox Twenty). Brooklyn-born, James currently lives and works in New York City, although in the past few years he has traveled extensively around the world painting and showing thru Asia and Europe. He is also a talented singer/songwriter and actor. -Sophie Brechu-West (571 Projects).


“Jimmie James works as a poet, painter, actor and singer/songwriter. This renaissanced outsider artist has been a fixture in New York City's art/theater/music scene, showing at a number of galleries (Boltax Gallery, Thomas Werner Gallery, Andrea Schwartz Gallery), performing in works by theatrical luminaries Richard Maxwell, Danny Hoch, Susan Lori Parks, as well as composing for theater and film (Seth Zvi Rosenfelds' Everythings Turning Into Beautiful, Amos Poes' Empire II). Whether painting/performing or composing, Jimmie James work is accessible yet refuses containment. He is doggedly transdisciplinary; part shaman, part poet, part craftsman. James combines paint, fiber, word and image into tapestrial works on canvas and paper. His paintings have been acquired by a number of private collectors. James Shannon's works respond in equal parts to life on New York City streets as well as to the journey of the human heart.”

-Ann Carlson, choreographer


Selected Solo, Group and Collaborative Exhibitions:

2016 Upcoming show @ Jam Factory, Bangkok, Thailand
2015 Overstand Gallery, CNX
Seescape Gallery, CNX
2014 Stellarunion Gallery NY
think gallery NYC
Audioengine NYC
571 Gallery (group show) NYC
Brenda Taylor Gallery, NYC
Best Gallery, NYC
2013 Black and White, Fair Folks and a Goat, NY,NY
Nothing on the Walls. Urban Art House, Amsterdam, NL
StellarUnion, Hamptons, NY
Jeff Tabak Gallery, Ft.Lauderdale, FL
2012    The Beginning of Everything, 1stdibs @ New York Design Center
New Works, Think Space, bowery, NYC
Spruce Gallery. High Falls, NY
Painting Live, Brenda Taylor Gallery, NY,NY
2011    Open Editions, Brooklyn, NY
5 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Elder Gallery ,NC
Outsider Gallery, Livingston Manor, NY
M Gallery Catskill, New York, NY
2006 Thomas Werner Gallery, New york, NY
AFAF Art Fair, New York, NY
2005 OnePlusOneEqualsThree, boltax gallery,Shelter Island, NY
2004 Bus Stop Gallery, Columbia, SC
Hunter College, New Youk, NY
Artistsspace, New York, NY
Studio Show, New York, NY
2003 Soho Gallery, Studio City, CA
Hunter College, New York, NY
Artistspace, New York, NY
Studio Show, New York, NY
2002 HNTB Architecture, Washington, DC
Studio Show, New York
2001 Verve Music Group, New York, NY
Presence II Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2000 Vintage Gallery, New York, NY
Fox + Fowle Architects, New York, NY
1999 Elisabeth Hahn Gallery, New York, NY
1998 Bittersweet Interiors, New York, NY
"Art Around the Park," Tompkins Square Park, New York, NY
Sticks Gallery, Albany, CA
1997 "Art Around the Park," Tompkins Square Park, New York, NY
Annual Show, Malahide, Dublin, Ireland
Latitude Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Viva Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Gallery Oboy, San Francisco, CA
Plan B, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
San Francisco Open Studio, San Francisco, CA
Guadalupe Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Festival Jazz Aspen, Snowmass, CO
Zele Gallery, Aspen, CO
1995 Gallery Upstairs at Flamingo East, New York, NY
"Art Around the Park," Tompkins Square Park, New York, NY
1994 Gallery @ No Bar, New York, NY
1992 Daltons, New York, NY
1991 Fermata Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Collectors:
Westin Hotel Times Square, New York
Macys Department Store, Roosevelt Field, NY, Willowbrook, NJ
Hughes, Hubbard and Reed LLP, NY
Clark McDowell Design, New York, NY
John Vancheri, Interior Design, NJ
Jose Gaspart, Husa Hoteles, Spain
S. Russell Groves, Furniture and Interior Design, NY
New York University, New York

Currently selling or showing work:
Soho Gallery, Studio City, CA
“0609” Lakeside, MI
Mixed Company, Philadelphia, PA
Roche Bobois, Madison Avenue and 35th Street, NY, NY
Maurice Villency, Bethesda, MD, Roslyn Heights, NY, and New York, NY
PaintingsDirect.com online gallery
Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Fannin Interiors, Phoenix, AZ
Art Iniatives, Atlanta, GA
Artistspace File online

CD covers:
Verve Records: Roy Haynes Trio, Featuring Danilo Perez and John Patitucci , released April 2000
John Coltrane “Legacy” box set, released late 2002
Nina Simone “Three Women”, released 2003
Woodneck Records: Gerald Cannon “Gerald Cannon” released 2003
Fresh Sounds New Talent: Ricky Germanson, “Heights”, released April 2003


List of Publications:
Philadelphia Style, December 2003 photo of artwork
Out Magazine, November 2003, p. 88 (article on designer S. Russell Groves)
Metropolitan Home, March/April 2002, p. 111. (article on loft designed by Jaime Rojo)
Arizona Foothills, March 2002, p. 175. (article on Fannin Interiors)
People, October 4, 1999, p. 22. (article on television actress Keri Russell of "Felicity")
Interior Design, September 1999, pp. 238-239. (article on P.Goolrick, with credit)
"Live Action Painting." The San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, May 1, 1998
"Art Speak." The Aspen Times, Saturday-Sunday August 2-3, 1997, p. 5B.
Photo with caption in Aspen Daily News, Thursday, July 31, 1997
“Four corners of Surburbia” paintings featured in gallery scene
(to be released in 2004)

  • Bernhard Winkler (bernhard)
  • Kris Serafin (serafin)
  • Raimondo Izzo (raimondo53)
  • andré schmucki  (andreschmucki)
  • Jeremy Norton (jezbcn)
  • thomas kälber (richard)
  • Alan Taylor Jeffries (atj1958)
  • jaya suberg (jayasu)
  • Marq Lativ Guther (Marq_Lativ)
  • Doug Kinsey (DougKinsey)
  • Simone Bruehl (zeoz)
  • Mary  Czekalinski (mczekalinski)
  • Jasmine Ronel (Jasmine)
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Raimondo Izzo (raimondo53)

Raimondo Izzo wrote on December 06, 2012 10:44:

It is wonderful

Kris Serafin (serafin)

Kris Serafin wrote on June 24, 2012 16:24:


Petra Senn (sennsight)

Petra Senn wrote on June 24, 2012 12:47:

Fantastic work and extraordinary titles !

Maria Schoof (schoofbay)

Maria Schoof wrote on October 23, 2011 20:06:

love your work!

Thorsten Dittrich (thorstendittrich)

Thorsten Dittrich wrote on May 22, 2011 19:44:

An obstinate position in art, which combines a sense for special moments in life with fragile lines.

Hermann Haselstrauch (HermannHaselstrauch)

Hermann Haselstrauch wrote on January 16, 2011 12:10:

gute arbeit

ana milosavljevic (anaarts)

ana milosavljevic wrote on September 16, 2010 18:48:

great works :))))

Mike Mitch (gorillahouse)

Mike Mitch wrote on December 17, 2009 18:09:

Your paintings are wonderful. Best stuff I've seen in ages. It's like a pre Christmas gift! Thank you!!

jimmie james (jimmie_james)

jimmie james wrote on April 13, 2009 14:23:

thanks Ian.

Ian MacLeod (IanMacLeod)

Ian MacLeod wrote on April 06, 2009 21:18:

beautiful work Jimmie. ian

jimmie james (jimmie_james)

jimmie james wrote on December 29, 2008 18:32:

thanks for the kind words.
all the best,
jimmie james

Iris Yehezkel (irisyehezkel)

Iris Yehezkel wrote on December 26, 2008 19:12:

thank you very much

Jung In Kim (onlyin76)

Jung In Kim wrote on August 15, 2008 17:31:

I just happen to find your work at my friend ArtDoxa.
really like them...your paintings...seems more like drawings to me..