February 16, 1924
New York City, NY, U.S.
|Died||June 19, 2015
Santa Barbara, California
|Known for||Painting, Collage|
|Notable work||Hudson River, Man in The Room, Collage, Watercolor|
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. Here, he influenced a new generation of painters, including Henry Taylor (artist).
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.
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.
|SOLO EXHIBITIONS:||GROUP EXHIBITIONS:||GROUP EXHIBITIONS CONTINUED:|
|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
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
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