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883 Linwood Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
I start with elementary marks and drawings on an iPad. Texture and layers of color are added through a fluid, multi-step process. I use lines, color, shape, composition, texture, personal icons, and all the other expressive potential inherent in painting and drawing. The original impulse moves through digital spaces, adding and subtracting along the way, building and rebuilding, forming and reforming until the final image is seen.
Fish, worms, bodies, creatures, and other personal iconography are visible in some of my work. They reveal narratives that are left open to the viewers imagination. My colors are rich and varied. My forms and mark making are intuitive. I use balanced and unbalanced compositions.
I hope others will engage with my images, or be challenged by them, or simply embrace the moment of seeing something new.
These handcrafted prints are original, printed on archival canvas, signed, framed, and usually produced in limited editions of ten.
(They are not giclée nor are they digital art.)
Zacheta-National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Early American Video Art, February - April, 2020
Vine Arts Center, Minneapolis, Art Inspired by Music, group show, February 2020
Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design, Miami
Cloister Gallery, St. Paul, James Byrne: New Works
Jimmy Wilson Gallery, Minneapolis, Guest Artist
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, The Body Electric, group show, through February 2020
Rogue Buddha Gallery, Minneapolis, Mourning Glory, group show, November 2019
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, The Body Electric, group show
2019 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Made in Minnesota Short Films
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.