James Jarvaise

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James Jarvaise
Born James Jarvaise
(1924-02-16)February 16, 1924
New York City, NY, U.S.
Died June 19, 2015(2015-06-19) (aged 91)
Santa Barbara, California
Nationality American
Known for Painting, Collage
Notable work Hudson River, Man in The Room, Collage, Watercolor
Movement Abstract,

James Jarvaise (February 16, 1924 – June 19, 2015 [1][not in citation given]) was an American painter based in Southern California.[2][3]


Jarvaise was born in New York City, but later lived in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and eventually moved to Los Angeles in 1946. He was educated at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, PA; Ecole Dart/ Biarritz, France with Fernand Léger; earned a B.F.A. from the University of Southern California in 1952; studied at Yale in 1953; and earned an M.F.A. in 1954 from the University of Southern California. Jarvaise relocated to Santa Barbara in 1969 and, from 1991 forward, served as Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Oxnard College.[4] Here, he influenced a new generation of painters, including Henry Taylor (artist).[5]

Art career[edit]

Museum of Modern Art curator Dorothy Canning Miller selected James Jarvaise for inclusion in the 1959 Sixteen Americans exhibition. The caliber of his work (he was selected in the class of Jay deFeo, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella) was, and is, unquestionable. This exhibition had the potential to propel his career to great heights. However, while Jarvaise's phenomenal gifts were showcased on the West Coast, a teaching job, a growing family, and a desire for a less urban lifestyle rearranged Jarvaise's priorities. Despite obvious talent and a promising beginning, Jarvaise did not become a household name. This, however, did not deter him from continuing with his art.[6][7]

In 2012, Louis Stern Fine Arts set out to remedy Jarvaise's obscurity with their "James Jarvaise And The Hudson River Series" exhibition.[6][8]

His most recent exhibition, "James Jarvaise: Collages Redux" at Louis Stern Fine Arts featured a selection of his latest work from 1989-2013. The show earned him a positive review on KCRW ArtTalk by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp. The review praises the work for being the most youthful art on exhibit in April 2015. James Jarvaise was 91 and energetically attended the opening.[9]

His paintings and collages can be found at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC and the MoMA in New York.[10][11]


[3][not in citation given]

Felix Landau Gallery


Allan Gallery, New York 1967

Thibault Gallery, New York 1961

Gallery San Jorge, Madrid, Spain 1963

Ruth S. Schaffner Gallery, Los Angeles 1974

Gump's Gallery, San Francisco


Larry Aldrich Museum (Old Hundred) Ridgefeld, Conn. 1965

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Richmond, Virginia 1961-1967

Denver Museum of Art 1953/1954/1958

Long Beach Museum of Art 1955

16 Americans- Long Beach Museum


San Francisco Museum 1953-1964

Seattle Art Museum 1955

Los Angeles County Museum 1952/1956/1958/1961

Santa Barbara Museum of Art 1951-1957 / 1972

Museum of Modern Art/ New York 1959

Carnegie International/ Carnegie Institute 1959-1965

Metropolitan Museum/ New York


San Diego Art Museum 1954

Knox Albright Gallery/ New York 1960

Addison Gallery/ Andover, Mass. 1952-1957

Butler Institute of American Art/ Youngstown 1955

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center 1955

University of Nebraska 1958

University of Southern California 1955/ 1957/ 1962/ 1967

University of California at Los Angeles


California Institute of Arts, Los Angeles 1966/ 1967/ 1968/ 1969

University of Illinois 1953/ 1957/ 1966

University of Madrid 1963

Fountain Gallery/ Portland, Oregon 1967

University of Oregon Art Museum 1967

University of New Mexico


Palm Springs Desert Museum 1966

J.B. Speed Museum/ Louisville, Ky. 1965

Visual Art Project, Los Angeles 1967

American Painting and Sculpture Virginia Museum 1966

Art of the Americas and Spain Madrid-Barcelona, Spain 1963



  1. ^ "James Jarvaise Obituary". 
  2. ^ "James Jarvaise Bibliography". Jarvaise.com Artist's Website. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. 
  3. ^ a b "James Jarvaise". Louis Stern Fine Arts. 
  4. ^ "James Jarvaise". askart.com. 
  5. ^ "Deana Lawson & Henry Taylor". Interview, Fall 2015, Issue 133. Bomb Magazine. 
  6. ^ a b "James Jarvaise Rediscovered". nysun.com. 
  7. ^ "Dennis Hollingsworth". dennishollingsworth.us. 
  8. ^ "James Jarvaise 2012". Louis Stern Fine Arts. 
  9. ^ "James Jarvaise at Louis Stern Fine Arts — Art Talk — KCRW". kcrw.com. 
  10. ^ "THE COLLECTION: James Jarvaise". Museum of Modern Art. 
  11. ^ "Dorothy C. Miller Papers". Museum of Modern Art Archives. 
  12. ^ "James Jarvaise Works". www.jarvaise.com Artist's Website.