James Stewart

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In a puppet show called A Sort of Quest that James Stewart wrote and designed, the narrator explains,

“Where we live now there were many fierce creatures that also lived here.  They were not bad, they were not mean—but they could and often would, if the situation was such, do you great harm.  So you had to be smart and respectful around these creatures.  But now most, almost all have been chased away to try to live somewhere else.  We found that we needed something else to revere, something else that was sometimes scary.  As it was we discovered it was not hard to find.  We did not even need to go looking—they came to us.  Ideas.  And what would be so scary about ideas?  How powerful they can be. […] This power unnerved us so we chased away ideas.  We tried to use up our thoughts before they could become ideas.”

This sentiment illustrates what is at work and what is at stake in Stewart’s artwork.  His paintings, prints and sculpture open up worlds with room to breath and the patience to let ideas return and be revered.  He carefully thins the barrier between history and mythology, between the present and the past, and between fact and fantasy.  A sort of magic pervades his work with the sincerity of dreams.  Stewart has carefully designed his studio, house and life to be uncluttered and to allow ideas, no matter how scary to be lovingly pondered in image.

84 Baker Hill Road
Fredonia, Pa. 16124
1-724-475-4447
jljstewart@windstream.netART EDUCATION
1989-92 The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
1991Barnstone Academy, Allentown, PA
1990 Fredakis Academy, Philadelphia, PA
-86 Thiel College, Greenville, PASOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012 Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
2011 Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Gallery 71, New York, NY
2009 Hoyt Fine Art Center, New Castle, PA
2008 Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, MD
2005 Evearts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2005 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
2002 Gallery 71, New York, NY
2002 Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2000 Gallery 71, New York, NY
2000 Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1998 Gallery 71, New York, NY
1998 Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1997 Gallery 71, New York, NY
1997 Carspecken-Scott Gallery, Wilmington, DE
1996 Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1994 Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1993 PNC Bank, Philadelphia, PA
1987 Hoyt Fine Art Center, New Castle, PA
1987 Thiel College, Greenville, PAGROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011 Butler Museum of American Art National Midyear Youngstown OH
2011 Balinglen Court Gallery, Ballycastle Ireland
2008 Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia PA
2008 State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg PA
2008 Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia PA
2008 Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pa
2006 Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
1996 Gallery 71, New York, NY
1995 Newman Saunders Galleries, Wayne, PA
1995 Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
1994 Hannaman Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
1993 Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1990,91,92 The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Student Exhibition
1987,89 The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Prize Room

AWARDS
Ballinglen Ireland Fellowship 2009
Guggenheim Fellowship for painting 2007
From the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA:
Arco Chemical Co, Purchase Prize, Benjamin West Prize, Black and White Print Prize, Cantor
Memorial Scholarship, Cresson Scholarship Prize, Governor’s Prize, Mary Townsen & William
Clarke Mason Memorial Prize, Paul & Pearl Miller Carpel Award, Philadelphia Artist Award,
Samuel David Memorial Prize, Stewardson Prize For Sculpture, Stimson Prize For Sculpture,
Thouron Prize, Ward Prize in Sculpture – Special Notice, and Watkins Grant

 

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