Artist Statement and Resume

Artist's Statement

 

I am predominately a studio painter. I feel most comfortable there. Being a perceptual painter and a collector of objects it is only natural that my main subject as a painter should be still life.

My love of objects goes back to my childhood when the simplest of things would keep me looking and wondering for hours. There could be any number of reasons for the attraction, some of which would be size, shape, color, surface and texture, etc. and if the form had moving parts all the better. The interest in the object has only gotten more intense with time. Now I find myself spending hours arranging these objects in some way so as to satisfy a need for harmony, design and solidarity. The fact that many of the things I use have a history that I do not know is not lost on me. Almost all come from a different place and time. This only increases the attraction. The construction of the still life has a certain ritualistic quality to it. This lends itself well to the whole reverential thing that is building as the painting develops. One of my goals is to translate this to the viewer along with all the formal needs in painting. 

My other desires are to ensure an understanding of my place in a tradition that was born in the Renaissance, which includes a holistic reverence for nature and the mystery of life. I want to speak to my time as a modern artist steeped in the tradition of painting. I have a desire to create the world as it might be and to understand the underlying need for doing so and to be sympathetic to the desire to express this need with paint in the twenty first century.

Resume

 

James Fitzsimmons 

1644 East Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21231

fitzmj@verizon.net

Landline phone: 410-675-0792

Mobile: 443-286-1757

PROFILE

Artist working in the media of drawing and painting.

EDUCATION

M.F.A. 1981 Painting City University of New York, Brooklyn College (summa 

cum laude)

B.F.A. 1979 Painting Maryland Institute College of Fine Art (magna cum 

laude)

1981 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

1976 Morris Community College

AWARDS/

HONORS

2013  Honorable Mention, Strokes of Genius show, Maryland Federation of Art 

2010  Tilghman Award, Maryland Federation of Art

2005  Tilghman Award, Maryland Federation of Art

1981 Governor’s Scholarship, Skowhegan School of Painting and  

Sculpture

1981 Charles G. Shaw Painting Award, Brooklyn College, CUNY

1980-82 Graduate Fellowship, Brooklyn College, CUNY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1999 Recent Paintings and Drawings, Loyola College Art Gallery, 

Baltimore, Maryland

1995 Recent Paintings, Salon Mauro, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey

1994 Recent Paintings, Salon Mauro, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey

1993 Recent Paintings and Drawings, Salon Mauro, Berkeley Heights, New 

Jersey

1989 Recent Paintings, AMMO Artist’s Space, Brooklyn, New York.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 All That’s Art, Maryland Universities Faculty Art Invitational, University of 

Maryland University College Arts Program Gallery, College Park, MD.

2015 A Lineage of American Perceptual Painters, Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, St. 

Johns College, Annapolis, MD.

2015 Close Encounters, Cade Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, Severna Park,

MD.

2015 Faculty Show, Cade Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, Severna Park, MD. 

2013 Focal Point, National Juried Show, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD.

Strokes of Genius, National Juried Show, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD

2013 Faculty Group Show, Cade Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, MD

2012  Strokes of Genius, National Juried Show, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD  

2012  Art on Paper, National Juried Show, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, 

Maryland.

2012 Faculty Group Show, Cade Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, MD

2011 Fall Juried Membership Show, Maryland Federation of Art, Circle  

Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland.

2011 Summer Juried Membership Show, Maryland Federation of Art, Circle  

Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland.

2010  Fall Juried Membership Show, Maryland Federation of Art, Circle  

Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland.

2010 Summer Juried Membership Show, Maryland Federation of Art, Circle  

Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland.

2010  Spring Juried Membership Show, Maryland Federation of Art, Circle  

Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland.

20o9 Summer Juried Membership Show, Maryland Federation of Art, Circle  

Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland.

2006  American Landscapes, National Juried Show, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, 

Maryland.

2006 Spring Juried Membership Show, Maryland Federation of Art, Circle  

Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland.

2005 Fall Juried Membership Show, Maryland Federation of Art, Circle 

Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland.

2005 American Landscapes, National Juried Show, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, 

Maryland.

2005 Male Art Exhibition, Elkton Arts Center, Elkton, Maryland

1992 Recent Works, Kubiak Gallery, Oneonta, New York

1989 Annual Group Show, Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition, Brooklyn, 

New York.

1987 Annual Group Show, BWAC, Brooklyn, New York.

1986 Annual Group Show, BWAC, Brooklyn, New York.

1985 Annual Group Show, BWAC, Brooklyn, New York.

1984 Annual Group Show, BWAC, Brooklyn, New York.

1983 Interiors, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.

Skowhegan to Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York.

1982 Thirty New York City Painters, Houghton House Gallery, Hobart and 

William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York.

TEACHING

2011-present Anne Arundel Community College, Maryland. Adjunct Instructor for Drawing  and Painting.

1999-2000 Loyola University, Maryland. Adjunct Instructor for Drawing 

1979-1981 Brooklyn College, City University of New York, New York. Adjunct Instructor for Drawing and Painting.

Contact

James Fitzsimmons may be contacted at;


fitzmj@verizon.net


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