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"Collage Red Yellow and Green" 1963

$ 4,000
  • Description
    Grant, James (1924 - 1997)

    James Grant was a painter and sculptor most active from the late 1950s into the early 1970s. Best known for his sculptural work in plastics, this work by no means defined him, but was rather a natural endpoint of an exploration into increased dimensionality - starting from abstract canvases, moving through collages and bas-reliefs until the work finally came off the wall in sculptural form.

    Grant was born in Los Angeles in 1924. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Engineering from USC, he went on to pursue his M.F.A. at the Jepson Art Institute in Los Angeles, studying under Rico Lebrun. In 1950 he accepted a teaching position at Pomona College in Claremont, CA where he was Assistant Professor of Art for nine years. During his tenure at Pomona he worked with many influential artists and art historians, including painters Karl Benjamin and Frederick Hammersley, as well as Peter Selz (who later went on to become Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA, New York) and Seymour Slive (Director of the Fogg Museum, Harvard University).

    While working in Southern California, Grant had solo exhibitions at the Pasadena Art Museum, Pomona College, and U.C. Riverside, and group exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum, the Oakland Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Art (now S.F. MoMA).

    After Pomona, Grant enjoyed a two year stay in Rome where his paintings began to develop in texture -- moving more towards collage work, using both paint and fabric. His stay was punctuated by a solo exhibition at the Galleria Pogliani in Rome.

    Upon returning to the United States in 1962, Grant settled in San Francisco, where his collage work continued. In 1963 he had a solo exhibition at the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco. During the 60s, he showed regularly at galleries and museums both in the Bay Area (Hansen Gallery) and New York (Bertha Schaefer Gallery and Grand Central Moderns).

    In the mid 1960s, his collages began to include polyester resin which he applied in a painterly fashion to the canvas. Soon he began to cast the resin into large, textured bas-reliefs. His plastic work culminated in the development of large cast resin freestanding sculptures of geometric disks, tall spikes and subtly curved shapes which were highly polished.

    In 1970, he had a retrospective at Mills College in Oakland documenting his transition in style from abstract canvases to collages to bas-reliefs and finally the freestanding sculptures. During the 1970s, he worked on several commissioned works, many incorporating unique plastic and glass materials.

    After a break from art during the late 1970s, he returned to painting in the early 1980s producing small watercolors that were cut into squares and reassembled into grids. He then took this format to a large scale, painting acrylic canvases which were also cut into squares and reassembled in works ranging from four to eight feet. This work continued into the 1990s.

    Grant passed away in Stinson Beach, CA in August 1997.

    2005; Dunbier, Pierson: The Artists Bluebook 34,000 North American Artists to 2005
    2005 Davenport, Ray. Davenport's Art Reference: The Gold Edition
    2004 Landauer, Susan, et al. San Francisco and Second Wave: The Blair Collection of Bay Area Abstract Expressionism
    1985 DuPont, Diana, K Holland. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Paintings and Sculpture
    1985 Albright, Thomas. Art in the San Francisco Bay Area; 1945-1980/An Illustrated History
    1984 Orr-Cahill, Christina. The Art of California Selected Works/ Oakland Museum
    1984 Opitz, Glenn B (editor). Dictionary of American Sculptors: 18th Century to Present
    1974 Busch, Julia. A Decade of Sculpture; The 1960s
    1968 Tampa Bay Art Center. 40 Now California Painters
    1965 Selz, Peter. Art Across America

    Claremont Museum of Art
    Georgia Museum of Art
    Oakland Museum of Art
    M.H. de Young Museum San Francisco
    Pasadena Art Museum
    Pomona College Museum of Art, Montgomery Art Center
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)
    The Carnegie Art Museum
    The University of Mary Washington Galleries

    Solo Exhibitions:
    1972 Triangle Gallery, San Francisco
    1970 Mills College Art Gallery
    1969 Seligman Gallery, Seattle, WA
    1968 Raymond College, University of the Pacific
    1966 Hansen Gallery, San Francisco
    1963 Grand Central Moderns, New York
    1963 M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco
    1962 Galleria Pogliani, Rome
    1961 Grand Central Moderns, New York
    1958 University of California at Riverside
    1958 Humboldt State College
    1958 Pomona College, Claremont, CA
    1956 Pasadena Art Museum

    Selected Group Exhibitions:
    2007 Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA, San Francisco and the Second Wave: The Blair Collection of Abstract Expressionism
    2004 Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, San Francisco and the Second Wave: The Blair Collection of Abstract Expressionism
    1995 Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA, A Bay Area Connection: Works from the Anderson Collection
    1985 Pomona College, The Colleges Collect
    1971 University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture
    1971 Stanford Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA, West Coast Art
    1971 Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, Color in Sculpture
    1971 Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA, Pierres de Fantasie
    1970 Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE, Looking West
    1969 University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture
    1968 Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, Plastic as Plastic
    1969 Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, PA, Plastics: New Art
    1968 Hansen Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Recent Developments in Plastic
    1968 Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA, West Coast ’68, Painters and Sculptors
    1967 Hansen Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Plastics West Coast
    1967 University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture
    1966 Mead Corporation, Art Across America
    1966 Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA, ’66 Painters and Sculptors
    1966 San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco Art Institute 85th Annual Exhibition
    1963 Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia
    1963 Idaho State University
    1963 Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri
    1963 Cornell University, Ithaca New York
    1962 Art Center in La Jolla
    1960 University of Nebraska, Nebraska Art Association Annual
    1959 Pasadena Art Museum, A Decade (1949-1959)
    1959 Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York
    1958 San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco Art Institute 77th Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibition
    1957 California State Fair and Exhibition
    1956 Pomona Museum, Pomona, CA, Grant, Hammersley, Lawler
    1955 Los Angeles County Museum
    1954 Oakland Art Museum, Western Painters Annual Exhibition
    1954 Los Angeles County Museum; University of Southern California

    Tony Grant (son)

    California Art Company is Actively Seeking to Acquire Paintings by James Grant

    California Art Company, LLC is actively seeking to acquire fine art paintings by James Grant. If you have a painting by James Grant that you would like to sell please email photos and your asking price to or give us a call at (818) 398-7363.

    Mixed media on wood panel
    18 Inches x 27½ Inches

    Framed Size: 23 ¼Inches x 32¾ Inches
    Price: 4,000

    Studio of James Grant
    Carlson Gallery, Carmel, CA.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: United States
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Mixed media on wood board.
    Creation Date: 1963
    Styles / Movements: Abstract Expressionism
    Incollect Reference #: 123386
  • Dimensions
    W. 27.5 in; H. 18 in;
    W. 69.85 cm; H. 45.72 cm;
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