Pitches in the Western Wind
This is the first Toronto exhibition by Montreal painter James Simon. He attended the Fine Arts program at Concordia University and has resided and worked as a professional artist at McGill University campus since 1984.
Although his family originated in France both his parents grew up in southern Alberta and that influenced his artistic work, especially his cowboy boots and horse series. For boots paintings, James states: “These paintings are about the four square feet we occupy wherever we stand. As in dance and martial arts, that space is yours and inviolable. It is the essence of human rights and dignity. No one can challenge your right to be born or that you stand on a spot on Earth.”.
As a portrait artist, he has been painting official portraits since 1983 with his agents: Portraits Inc., NYC, NY 1989 - 1997; William Turner Gallery, Venice, CA. 2000; Harley Art Brokers, London, UK 1989 - 1992; and Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal, QC. He appeared as the senior resident artist on the TV show, The Painted House seen in 72 countries from 1997 - 2002. He has solo exhibited in various venues in southern Arkansas in 2000, 2002 and 2003; at Denise Robergé Art Gallery in Palm Desert, CA, 1999, at Kastel Gallery, Montreal, 1996, and as well in many yearly private studio exhibits from 1995 to present.
James has taught art workshops in Montreal, El Dorado Arkansas and in Mexico. Many of his plein aire paintings are done in Arizona where he resides part time, Arkansas, Louisiana, and southern Mexico. In the 1980s James produced many paintings of ships on a commission basis, and has had a very long career as a premier portrait artist.