Janell James

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Janell James
JANELL JAMES (American) Born and raised in Utah, I was always a free spirit allowed to roam the open fields near my home. Graced with the peaceful sounds of the Willow Creek running through my backyard I was surrounded by old growth trees that towered above me. I could spend hours outside playing in the dirt or lying on my back listening to the birds and looking up at the clouds through these trees. I have always loved the Bay Area in California and so, I headed West to attend a two year intensive program at The Bay Area Classical Artists' Atelier. Completing my Classical training at an Atelier in Paris, I returned home to continue my studies in Helper, Utah. I continue to look for new ways of creating and expressing myself that have not yet been explored, marking my way individualistically as an artist. James’ work is collected nationally and internationally and she is represented in five galleries in the western U.S. Recent museum exhibitions include Desire Lines at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, a 10 year retrospective at The Woodbury Art Museum, The Springville Museum of Art and the C.M. Russell Museum. “My paintings are an investigation of the intersection of traditional landscape imagery and modern ideas about painting and color. In my practice, I attempt to reconcile my personal history as an art-maker, as well as the tradition of landscape painting, with a contemporary art practice that borrows more specifically from a language of Modernism—specifically in regards to mid-century conversations about painting. Incidentally, both genres at work in my practice (abstraction and landscape) have a tradition of exploring ideas about the Sublime—Romantic and Modern—respectively. While my subject matter draws heavily from landscape, my process and true exploration is about painting in a Modern sense. My brush strokes become objects that hold their own presence. The colors and layering I use both create the illusion of space and undermine it in the proverbial push-pull of abstract painting. The interplay between light and shadows cast upon the many layers adds to the sculptural interpretation while also creating ‘living’ paintings that appear kinetic, interacting with the natural environment. The purpose of the layering of a transparent painting surface is to raise the stakes; the points of depth are deeper and the points of flatness are flatter. The increased depth and complication of flipping the surface back and forth and layering it multiple times is a demonstration of the mastery of the material as well as a device to push the boundaries of the flatness/depth dichotomy in every painting. My paintings are at once paintings and sculptures and they are at once landscapes and quite the opposite of that—something acrylic and manufactured that is more reflective of contemporary culture. “ - Janell James EDUCATION 2006-08 Bay Area Classical Artists Atelier, Belmont, CA 2006 Studio Escalier, Paris, France 2006-14 Helper Art School, Helper, UT 1998 Bachelor of Science, Parks Recreation & Tourism, Hospitality Emphasis, University of Utah SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2018 Featured Artist, Trove Gallery, Park City, UT, February 23 - March 9 2017 Punctuating The Blue, Terakedis Fine Art, Billings MT, September 21 - October 21 Featured Artist, RARE Gallery Fine Art, Jackson Hole, WY Guest Artist Exhibition, Sundance Mountain Resort, Provo, UT 2016 All About Trees with Heart & Soul, Green Loft Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT Featured Artist, RARE Gallery Fine Art, Jackson Hole, WY 2015 Immersed in Nature, Salt Lake City, UT Featured Artist, Huntsman Cancer Foundation Gala, Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT Small Works Landscape Exhibition, Garage Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT Featured Artist, Landscape Exhibition, The Marshall Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ 2014 Featured Artist, Huntsman Cancer Foundation Gala, Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT 2013 In The Presence of Trees, Coda Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT 2012 Fundraiser Benefiting Hurricane Sandy, By Invitation Only, Sponsored by NuSkin, SLC, UT Young President’s Organization, By Invitation Only, Deer Valley, Utah 2011 Evolutionary Healthcare Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT Charley Hafen Jewelers and Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT 2010 Evolutionary Healthcare Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT Flight of the Sandhill Cranes, Evolutionary Healthcare Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT 2009 Grand Opening Exhibition, Garage Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND ART FAIRS 2019 Out West Art Show and Sale, Great Falls, MT, March 20 - 23 2018 Square One: Helper Artists of Utah, Finch Lane, Salt Lake City, UT, January 12 - February 23 Out West Art Show and Sale, Great Falls, MT, March 14 - 17 2017 Contemporary Voices, Bella Muse Gallery, Ogden, UT The Nest: Women Artist of Helper, Helper, UT Rare Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY Under The Influence, Garage Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT Out West Art Show and Sale, Great Falls, MT Art & Soup Invitational, Salt Lake City, UT RHSM Gala Fundraiser, Salt Lake City, UT 2016 19th Annual Zion’s Bank Art Show Invitational, Salt Lake City, UT Huntsman Cancer Institute, Fundraising Gala, Salt Lake City, UT 92nd Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT 300 Plates Fundraiser and Exhibition, Art Access, Salt Lake City, UT Out West Art Show and Sale, Great Falls, MT 2015 Small Group Exhibition, 15th Street Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT 18th Annual Zions Bank Art Show Invitational, Salt lake City, UT SEVEN - Perspective Landscapes, Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT Women’s Redrock Music Festival, Torrey, UT 300 Plates Fundraiser and Exhibition, Art Access, Salt Lake City, UT Small Works Landscape Exhibition, Garage Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT Le Cirque Gala Fundraiser, Rowland Hall St.-Marks, Salt Lake City, UT 2014 Jackson Hole Art Festival, RARE Gallery of Fine Art, Jackson Hole, WY 40th Annual Statewide Competition, Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden, UT Statewide Traces of The West Competition, Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden, UT Group Mash Up, 15th Street Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah 300 Plates Fundraiser and Exhibition, Art Access, Salt Lake City, UT Helper Artists Group Show, CODA Gallery, Palm Desert, CA 2013 Presidents Art Show, Salt Lake Community Collage, Salt Lake City, UT Salon D’ Automne, Logan Fine Art Gallery, Logan, UT 16th Annual Juried Exhibition - The Universality Of Women, AAUW - Annual Utah Women Artists Exhibition 2013, Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Salt Lake City, UT Art To Go! Fall Invitational, Art Access/VSA Utah, Salt Lake City, UT This Is The Place Exhibition, Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT Group Exhibition, 15th Street Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT Chairs for Charity, Huntsman Cancer Foundation & RC Willey Fundraiser, Salt Lake City, UT Jung Society of Utah, Jewish Community Center, Salt Lake City, UT 2012 Holiday Group Exhibition, A Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT Group Exhibition, Untitled Gallery, Helper, UT Salon D’ Automne, Logan Fine Art, Logan, UT Summer Solstice Exhibition, A Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT 2011 Holiday Group Exhibition, A Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT Salon D’ Automne, Logan Fine Art, Logan, UT 37th Annual Statewide Competition, Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden, UT 87th Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT 300 Plates Fundraiser and Exhibition, Art Access, Salt Lake City, UT Salt Lake Acting Company, Salt Lake City, UT 2010 Summer Patio Show, Charley Hafen Jewelers and Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT 300 Plates Fundraiser and Exhibition, Art Access, Salt Lake City, UT AWARDS 2016 Honorable Mention, 92nd Annual Utah Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT 2014 Honorable Mention, 40th Annual Statewide Competition, Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden, UT SELECT PUBLICATIONS 2016 15 Bytes - Utah’s Artist Magazine http://artistsofutah.org/15Bytes/index.php/janell-james-at-green-loft-layering-trees-through-plexi/ American Lifestyles Magazine, pg. 2 Annual Statewide, Mixed Media and Works on Paper Catalogue, Utah Division of Arts and Museums 2015 Salt Lake Magazine, http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/09/18/upcoming-shows-for-artist-janell-james/ Rowland Hall Auction Catalog http://www.rowlandhallauction.com/art.html Winter/Spring - Essential Park City Magazine Fall/Winter Fibonacci Magazine, Feature Article, pg. 28-31 https://issuu.com/fibonaccifineartsdigest/docs/fibonacci_fine_arts_digest_volume_1_68903f33127aa2 2013 89th Annual Utah Spring Salon Catalogue, “River Walk”, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT, page 63 15 Bytes - Utah’s Art Magazine http://artistsofutah.org/15Bytes/index.php/janell-james-studio-space 92nd Annual Utah Spring Salon Catalogue, “Closer”, Honorable Mention, Springville Museum of Art 15 Bytes - Utah’s Artist online Magazine SELECT PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS The Regent, Salt Lake City, UT Nordstrom Collection, Salt Lake City, UT Huntsman Cancer Foundation Collection, Salt Lake City, UT Scott Anderson, President/CEO, Zion’s Bank The Dolby Family Jim and Lyn Hinckley Sandie Tillotson, Co-Founder, Senior Vice President, Nu Skin Enterprises Susan Sheehan, President & Chief Operating Officer, Huntsman Cancer Institute Dr. Laura Nelson, Energy Advisor, Governor's Office of Energy Development Richard Walje, President & CEO, Gateway Projects at PacifiCorp Andrea Packard, Vice President of Communications and Customer Focus, Utah Transit Authority Vasilios Priskos, Principal Broker/Founder, InterNet Properties, Inc. Jennifer Johnson, Federal Probation Officer, U.S. District Court John Netto, Chief Executive Officer, K-nowbe Engineering Peter Stirba, Stirba, P.C. Shauna Bamberger Priskos Valter Nassi, Owner, Valter’s Osteria MEMBERSHIPS Women Out West Invitational Women's Leadership Group National Association of Professional Women 15 Bytes - Utah’s Art Magazine Utah Museum of Fine Art Utah Museum of Contemporary Art PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT Women On The Move, MS Fundraiser Huntsman Cancer Foundation Utah Museum of Contemporary Art Utah Museum of Fine Art Utah’s Artist Magazine/15 Bytes Art Access/ VSA Utah Equality Utah Central Utah Art Center, CUAC Utah Coalition for La Raza Frank Cordova Latino Community Turkey Drive Arts & Music, Salt Lake Education Foundation Central Utah Art Center 2014-Cur Founding Member, Women’s Leadership Group, Salt Lake City, UT 2014-15 Huntsman 140 - Top individual fundraiser supporting cancer research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute 2014 Parrish Visitor, Wasatch Presbyterian Church 2014, 17th Annual Judges Run supporting cancer research and awareness 2012-13 Primary Children’s Hospital - Art Therapy in Oncology and Adolescent Psychology
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