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James Gouldthorpe
updated: 03/24/2008
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Merle and a Buddy in Korea
Class of 1940
Class of 1940 (detail)
Origin of Species (detail)
Origin of Species (detail)
Origin of Species (detail)
Vacation Homes
Vacation Homes (detail)
Vacation Homes (detail)
Linemen Series.Bob on telephone Line Between Peanut and Shasta
Shot Guns
Spaniel
Wild turkey
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  social criticism, figurative, gestural, nature, language, science, text, portraiture, historical, narrative
 
 
Merle and a Buddy in Korea by James Gouldthorpe
Merle and a Buddy in Korea
latex paint on wood
2006
36"" x  48"" 
Class of 1940 by James Gouldthorpe
Class of 1940
ink on paper
2006
48" x  60" 
Class of 1940 (detail) by James Gouldthorpe
Class of 1940 (detail)
ink on paper
2006
48" x  60" 
Origin of Species (detail) by James Gouldthorpe
Origin of Species (detail)
ink on 120 sheets of 8"x8" paper
2005-
48"" x  160"" 
Origin of Species (detail) by James Gouldthorpe
Origin of Species (detail)
Iink on 120 8"x8" sheet of paper
2005-
48"" x  160"" 
Origin of Species (detail) by James Gouldthorpe
Origin of Species (detail)
ink on 120 sheets of 8"x8" paper
2005-
48"" x  160"" 
Vacation Homes by James Gouldthorpe
Vacation Homes
ink and watercolor on paper
2006-
144"" x  216"" 
Vacation Homes (detail) by James Gouldthorpe
Vacation Homes (detail)
ink and watercolor on paper
2006-
144"" x  160"" 
Vacation Homes (detail) by James Gouldthorpe
Vacation Homes (detail)
ink and watercolor on paper
2006-
144"" x  160"" 
Linemen Series.Bob on telephone Line Between Peanut and Shasta by James Gouldthorpe
Linemen Series.Bob on telephone Line Between Peanut and Shasta
ink on paper
2006
84"" x  60"" 
Shot Guns by James Gouldthorpe
Shot Guns
ink on paper
2005
77"" x  52"" 
Spaniel by James Gouldthorpe
Spaniel
ink and watercolor on paper
2005
77"" x  52"" 
Wild turkey by James Gouldthorpe
Wild turkey
ink and watercolor on paper
2005
87"" x  52"" 

Artist Statement

As my work has evolved over the years I have been drawn to experiment with narrative forms, to discuss ideas through satire and humor, but also expose the darker elements woven into our history. I look to illustrations and photographs from old children's books and periodicals from the first half of the 20th century, to research a past that I am trying to explore (or reconcile). These Illustrations show how history was package and contextualized then presented for general consumption.  With this work, I construct a visual essay, so that these artifacts allow the viewer to excavate the other layers of meaning that hindsight and personal experience can bring to light .

For many years I have been interested in science I have never felt compelled to incorporate into my art practice or understood how I would approach it.  But when the argument for “intelligent design’ drifted into the political landscape, I began to conceive of a way to express how the debate was affecting me both emotionally and intellectually.   

I chose to set my self a task that would reflect my own devotion to the ideas I hold dear, much like those who find ways to signify there devotion to their religious beliefs by performing a single-minded task such as making a lengthy pilgrimage.  I chose one of the foundation texts of evolutionary theory, Darwin’s Origin of Species.  The year prior to beginning this project I had begun to incorporate found texts into the images I was painting, added as a visual element, impossible to read expect for a few words that happened to be left clear by the brush. The writing related to the image, but the act of doing the writing was more important than the legibility.  This became the bases of my approach to Origins of Species.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

MFA, Mills College, Oakland, California 1995

BFA,Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland 1987

Parsons School of Design, Paris, France 1986 

LIST OFSELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

UPCOMINGSalt Lake City Art Center, Salt lake City, UtahArt of Recycling, October-January 2007-08 

SOLO 

Richmond Arts Center. Richmond, CaliforniaCast-offs, June 2006 

San Francisco Dump Artist Residency, San Francisco, CaliforniaHearts & Brains, Feb 2006,  

21 Grand, Oakland, CaliforniaKilling small animals, March 2005 

Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California,                              meat, donuts &guns, Jan 2004                               

International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, Alaska, New Works, August 2003 

Duncan Littlecreek Gallery, Elko, NevadaShow in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 2002           

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist Gallery, San Francisco, California, Farm and Six Dogs, April, 2001 

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, Californiaanimals, plants & machines, painted installation, April 1996                               

School 33 Arts Center, Baltimore, MarylandAct 1, Scenes 1-4, June 1992 

Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VirginiaThe Solid “I”, June 1990 

SELECTED GROUP  SHOWS          

BlankSpace Gallery, Oakland, CaliforniaHouse Not a Home, May 2007                               

Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California, Cuts of Meat, September 2002 

Jernigan and Wicker Gallery, San Francisco, CaliforniaNew paintings, March 2001 

Mills College Art Gallery, MFA show, Oakland, Californiaanimals plants & machines, May/June 1995                 

MICA Decker Gallery, Baltimore, MarylandThe Solid “I”, July 1991           

RESIDENCIES

San Francisco Dump, San Francisco, California3 months of complete access to all materials arriving at dumpto make artwork in the studio they provided

AWARDSThe Jay Defeo Prize, Given to one graduate student upon graduation from Mills College, 1995

 

Trefethen Meret Award, Mills College, 1994

 

Murphy-Cadogen Award, for selected graduate students in the Bay area, 1994

Change Ink Grant, New York, 1991

Maryland State Arts Council Grant, 1990