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James Fitzsimmons

James Fitzsimmons

Artist Work

Ascendant
2017-18
oil on canvas
48x84
Coffee Maker #1
2014-15
oil on board
48x60
Water Server #1
2017
oil on canvas
36x74
Dance
2018
oil on board
49x60
Pumpkin Stack
2012
oil on board
36"x48"
Arab Water Server
2017
oil on board
36"x48"

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Phone
443-286-1757
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I am predominately a studio painter. I feel most comfortable there. Being a perceptual painter and a collector of objects it is only natural that my main subject as a painter should be still life. My love of objects goes back to my childhood when the simplest of things would keep me looking and wondering for hours. There could be any number of reasons for the attraction, some of which would be size, shape, color, surface and texture, etc. and if the form had moving parts all the better. The interest in the object has only gotten more intense with time. Now I find myself spending hours arranging these objects in some way so as to satisfy a need for harmony, design and solidarity. The fact that many of the things I use have a history that I do not know is not lost on me. Almost all come from a different place and time. This only increases the attraction. The construction of the still life has a certain ritualistic quality to it. This lends itself well to the whole reverential thing that is building as the painting develops. One of my goals is to translate this to the viewer along with all the formal needs in painting. My other desires are to ensure an understanding of my place in a tradition that was born in the Renaissance, which includes a holistic reverence for nature and the mystery of life. I want to speak to my time as a modern artist steeped in the tradition of painting. I have a desire to create the world as it might be and to understand the underlying need for doing so and to be sympathetic to the desire to express this need with paint in the twenty first century.

Artist Bio

James Fitzsimmons

Artist Bio

 

James Fitzsimmons received a BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and an MFA from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. His awards include a Governor’s Scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Charles G. Shaw Painting Award from Brooklyn College, and he is a two-time winner of the Maryland Federation of Art’s Tilghman Award.  James’s work has been shown in galleries throughout the Northeast, and was most recently featured as part of the Mitchell Gallery’s show A Lineage of American Perceptual Painters. He currently teaches at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland.