Arthur James (1936-.) Australia

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Born Armenia, 1936. This contemporary artist paints and draws in many mediums and techniques on paper and canvas. His charcoal and pastel drawings of the male and female studio nude, are, through his execution of "line", reminiscent of the works of the famous, early twentieth century German artist, Egon Schiele. He also produces amongst other material, intuative contemporary acrylics, pastels and mixed media paintings of jazz musicians. Full-time artist since 1989. Finalist, Dobell Prize for Drawing, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney: 2004.

Studies: Graduate in the 1950's in Art Studies from the National Art School; (old East Sydney Technical College). Fellow luminaries included Keith Looby, Ken Done, and Elizabeth Cummings, to name a few.

Review: Arthur James' drawings and paintings are dynamic and imaginative, and reflect thorough background training in drawing. Sometimes light may outline the ghostly shapes of animated musicians in smoke-filled blackness, providing a feeling that could be described even, as sensual. It is for his contribution to the international fame of Australian jazz and Australian jazz musicians, that he was awarded in 1994, an Order of Australia Medal. A quotation from the artist, published in Sydneys' "North Shore Times", says it all__"I've felt it. I've lived it". (The legendary El Rocco Jazz Cellar in Sydneys' Kings Cross, was the centre for jazz musicians in the late 1950's and early 1960's. The artist attended art classes in the day-time and operated the coffee lounge at night!). Arthur James is an exhibiting member of the Royal Art Society of New south Wales. He is a recognised illustrator, having done series' of artistic drawings published in books and renowned periodicals, e.g., "Australian Artist", "Pastel Artist International", and "International Artist".

First Prize and Section First Prize Awards in Australian OPEN GROUP Exhibitions: Kiama Art Society Annual Exhibition, New South Wales: 1994; Merriwa Art and Photography Exhibition, NSW: 1995; Shoalhaven Art Society 30th/31st Annual Art Exhibitions, NSW: 1995/96; Maroochy Arts Festival, Maroochydore, Queensland:]1997; Blackheath Rhododendron Art Prize, Blackheath, NSW: 1997; Lane Cove Art Society Prize, Lane Cove, NSW: 1998/2003; 22nd Taree Art Exhibition, Taree, NSW: 1998; Caloundra Arts and Crafts Festival, Caloundra, Queensland, 1999; Lloyd Rees Prize, Sydney, NSW: 2000; Lane Cove 38th/39th/40th Municipal Art Awards, Lane Cove, NSW: 2001/02/03; Village Observer Prize, Lane Cove, NSW: 2003; North Sydney Art Prize, North Sydney, NSW: 2004.

Awards Finalist in Australian OPEN GROUP Exhibitions: Winsor and Newton Australian Awards Exhibition-Art in Action,'94 ART EXPO, Sydney, NSW: 1994; Bathurst Art Purchase, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Bathurst, NSW: 1994/96; John Balmain National Portrait Award, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Bega, NSW: 1995; Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Council Civic Centre, Mosman, NSW: 1994/95/96/98; Mussellbrook Regional Gallery, Mussellbrook, NSW: 1995/97; Fisher's Ghost Art Awards, Campbelltown Regional Gallery, Campbelltown, NSW: 1995/96/98; Exhibition of Contemporary Art from Korea and Australia, Bruce Watling Galleries, Southport, Queensland: 1997; New York School Drawing Marathon, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide, South Australia: 1998/2001; Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery, Grafton, NSW: 1998; Festival of the Black Soil Plains Exhibition, Moree Plains Regional Gallery, Moree, NSW: 1999; 23rd Taree Art Exhibition, Taree, NSW, {2nd Prize}: 1999; Swan Hill National Print & Drawing Awards, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Swan Hill, Victoria: 2000; Walcolm Manning Art Prize, Manning Regional Gallery, Taree, NSW: 2001; Jacaranda Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery, Grafton, NSW: 2001.

Awards Finalist in USA OPEN GROUP Exhibitions: New York 'ART EXPO', New York, USA: 2003/04.

Represented: Lane Cove, and Willoughby, Council Art Collections, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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Naked Thoughts
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Naked Thoughts
Pastel on paper, 58 x 40 cm
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Works on Paper2424A$720 N/A

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