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James Andrew Smith began painting when he was 10 years old, studying with a respected Tulsa artist. The only child in an adult art class, the instructor stood James on a box to reach the easel. His early instinct for color, light and form were clearly evident and they continue to be hallmarks of his work as a contemporary realist.


James attended Booker T. Washington High School where he continued art exploration. His teacher was instrumental in providing him with the encouragement to pursue his creativity. During high school, James worked for Renberg’s, a once local Tulsa department store, creating hand-drawn fashion illustrations for their weekly newspaper advertisements. After high school, James completed a degree in Graphic Design. After 10 years as a successful designer, James returned to his childhood love of oil painting and formally began his art career in 2001.


James’ focus is primarily the still life, a context that allows him to control the composition, lighting and subject matter. In taking ordinary objects and presenting them in an contemporary manner, his work carries on the historic precedent of elevating commonplace subject matter to the status of fine art.

James is represented by galleries in Tulsa, www.gierek.com; Austin, www.wallyworkmangallery.com, Cincinnati, www.millergallery.com and Santa Fe, www.sorrelsky.com and lives in Tulsa.

 

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Exhibitions:
2017 Oklahoma Contemporary: ArtNow 2017 Exhibition and sale                                                                                      2016 Two person show with Sarah Ferguson, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX.                                                                      2015 “In the Stillness“ Two person exhibition with Sarah Sartain, Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, OK.                                             2015 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, “Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale”, OKC., OK.   2014 Gilcrease Museum, “Collector’s Reserve - American Art Exhibition & Sale”, Tulsa, OK                                               2014 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, “Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale”, OKC., OK.       2013 “Honest Beauty” Solo exhibition, Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, OK.
2013 “Contemporary Realism Invitational” Group Show, Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.
2013 Gilcrease Museum, “Collector’s Reserve - American Art Exhibition & Sale”, Tulsa, OK
2013 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, “Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale”, OKC., OK.
2012 “Wonderland of Art” Holiday exhibition, Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, OK
2012 “Autumn Group Show” Group exhibition, Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, OK
2012 Gilcrease Museum, “Collector’s Reserve - American Art Exhibition & Sale”, Tulsa, OK
2012 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, “Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale”, OKC., OK
2011 “Fiat Lux” Solo exhibition, Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, OK
2011 Gilcrease Museum, “Collector’s Reserve - American Art Exhibition & Sale”, Tulsa, OK
2011 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, “Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale”, OKC., OK
2010 “Contemporary Realism” Group exhibition, JRB Art Gallery, OKC, OK
2010 Gilcrease Museum, “Collector’s Reserve - American Art Exhibition & Sale”, Tulsa, OK
2009 “Tulsa Inside and Out” Two man exhibition, Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, OK
2009 “American Art in Miniature” Group exhibition, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
2008 “There and Back Again” Solo exhibition, Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, OK
2007 Solo exhibition, JRB Art Gallery, OKC, OK
2005 “Loqui: A Conversation in Red” Solo exhibition, Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, OK
2004 “Two From Tulsa” New works by James Andrew Smith and Ross Myers, Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, OK
2004 “Ordiary Objects” Solo exhibition, Oklahoma State Capitol, OKC, OK
2003 “Papers, Pumpkins & Pears” Solo exhibition, Joseph Gierek Fine Ar t, Tulsa OK


Awards:
2010 “The William’s Award for President’s Choice”: Gilcrease Museum Collector’s Reserve purchase award for “Hot Cauldron”


Invitational Shows:
2009 Gilcrease Museum, “American Art in Miniature”
2010 Gilcrease Museum, “Collector’s Reserve”
2011 Gilcrease Museum, “Collector’s Reserve”
2011 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, “Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale”
2012 Gilcrease Museum, “Collector’s Reserve”
2012 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, “Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale”
2013 Gilcrease Museum, “Collector’s Reserve”

2013 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, “Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale”
2014 Gilcrease Museum, “Collector’s Reserve”
2014 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, “Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale"