Contact:, 612-702-5849, 883 Linwood Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105









The raw material of my work are photographs of ordinary objects and intimate spaces in my everyday life.  I layer, process, and merge these photographs with drawings

in digital spaces to create mixed media collages that are finished on paper, canvas, or projected.  Tension and juxtaposition of disparate elements create unforeseen meaning and something new is born.  I’m most excited with the result when I'm surprised by what I’ve done.  The image stuns me for a second. 

For me, art making is a mysterious and intimate act of discovery. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               James Byrne

2021 Exhibitions

Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, Global Groove

PACE Center, Denver, Alternative Facts: Photography by Any Means

Hopkins Center for the Arts,  Arts North International

Artoze Gallery, Dubai, A New Start (an online international juried exhibition)

2020 Exhibitions
Zacheta-National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Early American Video Art
Vine Arts Center, Minneapolis, Art Inspired by Music
Museum of Art and Design, Miami, The Body Electric
Jimmy Wilson Gallery, Minneapolis, Guest Artist
Hopkins Center for the Arts, member group show
D'art Gallery, Denver, Emerge, juried group show
Divulgarti Gallery, Genoa, Codici d'arte (Art Codes), juried group show  
2019 Exhibitions
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, The Body Electric,
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,  San Francisco
Rogue Buddha Gallery, Minneapolis, Mourning Glory, group show
2019 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival,  Made in Minnesota Short Films

James's earlier videos and video installations are in the permanent collections of prestigious museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Kunstmuseum, Bonn; Banff Center for the Arts, Banff; The Kitchen, New York; Film Anthology Archives, New York; and others.

His work has earned fellowships and grants from Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation, McKnight Foundation, MSAB, and NEA.

His most recent work in digital mixed media has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

James earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Video Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and completed additional graduate study at

the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York.  He has a Bachelor of Elected Studies from the University of Minnesota. 

"Scale Drawing" - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - San Francisco 2019
 in studio...
"Scale Drawing" - Walker Art Center - Minneapolis 2019