Artist James Jarrett (b. April 26, 1963) moved 18 times before he turned 18 years of age. His moves took him to California, Oregon, Virginia, New York and Germany. James was inspired by the numerous museums and galleries he visited during the 5 years that he lived in Europe.
When James returned to the United States he began his representational work in the realistic and impressionistic styles before connecting to his love of abstract expressionism. His travels between country and city created a combined love of both for James. These experiences translate in his paintings as some works utilize a minimalist palette ranging from the soft to the bold colors of nature, while others will suggest an urban feel as James textures a canvas by creating lines, stripes and forms — often by using glazes and dripping over gestured markings.
James previously exhibited his work at Steel Gallery in San Francisco, owned by author Danielle Steel and was one of the galleries most successful artists.
James currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.