James Ivey

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James Ivey is an artist and musician from Texas residing in San Diego, California. He is known for having a Surreal art style he calls Carnival Surrealism. He is known for having very nonchalant work. He uses all oil based paints, and usually has very bright work, which may seem unusual, considering the materials.

Growing up in Houston, Texas, James was in numerous punk and hardcore bands including the "Charlie Brown Experience" and "Cactus Flower Daydream". In Houston, Texas James co-founded dark-wave gloom punk band "Premonition" who was signed to Siren Records. Premonition released a self-titled album to critical acclaim followed by constant touring.

In the recent past James has had a recording project using the name "peyote67". The music can be described as cinematic experimental electro-punk utilizing guitars, analog keyboards, found metal objects, contact mics, vintage and new effects.

Currently, James has a recording project called "The Dirty Sun" which can be described as dark wave, industrial, glitch, no wave, electro punk, lo-fi shoe gaze, which relies heavier on guitars and vintage synthesizers with cold beats all recorded in his own "Dirty Moon Studios" in South Park, San Diego, CA.


James Ivey has been featured in many galleries in San Diego, Los Angeles and New York. Some galleries he has been featured in include (but are not limited to):

  • Forseti Gallery[1][2]
  • Infusion Gallery- Collingswood, New Jersey
  • Distinction Gallery- Escondido
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • Agni Zotis Gallery- Manhattan[3]
  • Zedism- San Diego
  • Cannibal Flower- Los Angeles
  • Eclectix Gallery- San Francisco
  • APW Gallery- New York City
  • Jett Gallery- San Diego
  • Luis De Jesus Gallery- San Diego


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  1. ^ "Images From Forseti Gallery" March 24, 2007, Cactuspillow.com, March 24, 2007.
  2. ^ "List of Artists at Forseti", Forsetigallery.com, March 30, 2007.
  3. ^ "The Part Art Show", partartshow.com, April 25, 2008.