James Talmadge    Gallery Bios

These are the bios I found already existing on the following online galleries.  I have copied some of

them over without editing or correcting their content in any way.  I left some gallery sites out as they tend to copy one another and quite a few gallery sites are presenting the same Talmadge bio.   I won't comment on the bios except to say that most are just plain shallow and silly.

From:  www.nymuseum

 

The artist's studio is filled with canvases in varying states of readiness. Evident is the artist's enthusiasm for a story well told.  Each canvas appears as both a piece of an intricate puzzle as well as a stepping stone to his next work of art. 

 

A glimpse of Talmadge's life experience growing up in Southern California is documented on his canvas.  The artist captures the familiar, mixing a touch of romance in images such as the old women gossiping on a park bench remembering days gone by, kaleidoscopic colors rocketing through downtown freeways at rush hour, and glowing street lamps on a peaceful autumn eve illuminating a Santa Monica park at sunset.

From the time Talmadge was old enough to hold a crayon, he says he knew he wanted to be an artist. Now in his late 40s, everything he's done creatively and professionally since childhood has been directed toward that goal.

At the age of 14, Talmadge was given his first one man exhibition at the Brand Art and Music Center in Southern California.  Shortly thereafter, he was awarded a scholarship to the Los Angeles based Art Center School of Design -- an award presented to one student per year. 



 

Continuing his studies at California State University, Northridge, Talmadge met Professor Harold Schwarm. He credits Schwarm with having taught him "the importance of a brush stroke." The professor's guidance and style would lend a classic influence to Talmadge's truly contemporary experience, opening his eyes to the possibility of not merely capturing, but interpreting what he saw.

From www.qart.com:

 

Los Angeles-born, Malibu-dwelling, Canadian resident, raconteur, world traveler and celebrated artist to the stars, James Talmadge has led an incredibly colorful and adventurous life which, of course, directly informs his vibrant and highly collectable artwork.

A big fan of all things Japanese, as well as something of a small-town hero over there, Talmadge is also one of the few American visual artists to be invited to Cuba and shake hands with Fidel Castro. He also donates his time and artwork to such prestigious organizations as the American & Canadian Diabetes Association, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Big Brother & Big Sister of Ottawa, The John Wayne Cancer Center, Meals on Wheels, and Free Arts for Abused Children, just to name a few.

James Talmadge's style follows somewhat along the lines of the neo-impressionist school of thought, but of course, his style is all his own. Lush, quirky, exquisitely detailed and brash, Talmadge's work corners the market on art you simply just have to have. Talmadge and his wife moved to Ontario, Canada some years ago, where the breathtaking winter terrain inspires him to create even more amazing artwork on a daily basis.

From www.artmode.com:

Internationally acclaimed, JamesTalmadge’s art has been featured in hundreds of galleries throughout the United States, Canada, Western Europe and the FarEast, where he has had over one hundred one-man exhibitions. His paintings can be found in the collections of many celebrities, including Charlie Sheen, Mr. & Mrs. Martin Sheen, Andre Agassi, Louie Anderson, Steven Speilberg, Engelbert Humperdinck, Will Smith, Brooke Shields, Elgen Baylor and others.

His works are also featured in the corporate collections of Atlantic Records, Doubleday Publishing, The Sony Corporation, Hormel Corporation, and in various museums around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and Osaka, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Jamaica.

His art has been featured on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and the Bill Cosby Show and auctioned to raise thousands of dollars for such charities as The American Heart Association, The John Wayne Cancer Center, Meals-on-Wheels, Cry Help, Free Arts for Abused Children, the Make-a-Wish foundation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Talmadge has appeared on major television and radio networks and has been featured in newspapers and magazines across North America and in Japan. His live painting demonstration during a cultural exchange program in Cuba was broadcast around the world by CNN and Bravo TV. More recently, he was featured on CTV’s Regional Contact.

Moving beyond impressionism, Talmadge’s new works reveal the same strong vibrant colors he has always favored, now blended with bold metallic and iridescent pigments and various media to create striking, highly textured works in the genre of abstract expressionism.

Born and raised in Southern California, Talmadge moved to Ottawa eight years ago and is now a dual citizen. Talmadge is 62.

From www.artdeals.com:

 

The American Impressionist Artist James Talmadge, with highly saturated colors and expressionistic impressions, creates works of art that are full of visual interest as well as contemplative intrigue. The style of James Talmadge follows somewhat along the lines of the Neo-Impressionism and his paintings, described as frenzied and vibrant, make him a Modern Master of stunning color drenched Impressionism incorporating his love of music, people and

Van Gogh into unique and brilliant images. The art of James Talmadge celebrate the "Vibrant Symphony swirling through the Colors of Life.”

From www.gunnernordstrom.com:

 

American artist James Talmadge is a Modern Master of stunning Color-Drenched Impressionism incorporating his love of music, people and The Great Master Painter Van Gogh into unique and luscious images! His One-of-a-Kind creations celebrate the Vibrant Symphony swirling through the Colors of Life!

James Talmadge American Artist:  While in his 20's, companies such as Sony, Atlantic Records, Doubleday Publishing, Max Factor, JBL International, ABC, CBS and KCET employed the artist's talents in various creative endeavors.

 

His diversity and interests led him to explore many disciplines, from producing animated films for Sesame Street, Cheech and Chong and Sonny Bono to creating graphics for The Bill Cosby Show. During this period, Talmadge continued to hone his skills, painting every spare minute. The art finally demanded his full-time attention, and in his mid-30's, began concentrating exclusively on his art. James Talmadge has had over 100 exhibitions since 1961 throughout the United States and the Far East.

 

His works are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; The Museum of Modern Art, Osaka; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jamaica. His artwork can be found in the collections of Charlie Sheen, Andre Agassi & Brook Shields, Mr. & Mrs. Martin Sheen, Louie Anderson, Elgen Baylor, Sony Corporation, Doubleday Publishing, Hormel Corporation, Los Angeles Times, Max Factor , Ampex Corporation, Atlantic Records, among others.

From www.collector.com:

 

Los Angeles-born, Malibu-dwelling, Canadian resident, raconteur, world traveler and celebrated artist to the stars, James Talmadge has led an incredibly colorful and adventurous life which, of course, directly informs his vibrant and highly collectable artwork. A big fan of all things Japanese, as well as something of a small-town hero over there.

 

Talmadge is also one of the few American visual artists to be invited to Cuba and shake hands with Fidel Castro. He also donates his time and artwork to such prestigious organizations as the Make-a-Wish Foundation, The John Wayne Cancer Center, Meals on Wheels, and Free Arts for Abused Children, just to name a few.

 

James Talmadge's style follows somewhat along the lines of the Neo-impressionist school of thought, but of course, his style is all his own. Lush, quirky, exquisitely detailed and brash, Talmadge's work corners the market on art you simply just have to have. Talmadge and his wife moved to Ontario, Canada some years ago, where the breathtaking winter terrain inspires him to create even more amazing artwork on a daily basis.

From www.picassomio.com:

 

James Barry Talmadge is a contemporary American painter influenced by neo-impressionism. Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1947, he grew up immersed in the post-war Hollywood culture of mass media/entertainment which transformed the social hierarchy to idealize the artist as both creator and celebrity.

His colorful and often whimsical works have appeared in hundreds of galleries around the US, Europe and in the Far East, where he has frequently appeared on national television. During a cultural exchange program with Cuba, his art demonstration was broadcast around the world by CNN.

Talmadge is best known for his interest in people at leisure, inspired by the crafted images of Hollywood lifestyles as well as the architecture and symbols of the media culture and cult of celebrity. His oil pastel works are often frenetic and hurried to offer a sketch-like portrayal of various imagery.

From www.artbrokerage.com:

 

While in his 20's, companies such as Sony, Atlantic Records, Doubleday Publishing, Max Factor, JBL International, ABC, CBS and KCET employed the artist's talents in various creative endeavors.

 

His diversity and interests led him to explore many disciplines, from producing animated films for Sesame Street, Cheech and Chong and Sonny Bono to creating graphics for The Bill Cosby Show. During this period, Talmadge continued to hone his skills, painting every spare minute.

 

The art finally demanded his full-time attention, and in his mid-30's, began concentrating exclusively on his art. James Talmadge has had over 100 exhibitions since 1961 throughout the United States and the Far East. His works are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; The Museum of Modern Art, Osaka; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jamaica.

 

His artwork can be found in the collections of Charlie Sheen, Andre Agassi & Brook Shields, Mr. & Mrs. Martin Sheen, Louie Anderson, Elgen Baylor, Sony Corporation, Doubleday Publishing, Hormel Corporation, Los Angeles Times, Max Factor , Ampex Corporation, Atlantic Records, among others .

 

JAMES TALMADGE is a Modern Master of stunning Color-Drenched Impressionism incorporating his love of music, people and The Great Master Painter Van Gogh into unique and luscious images!

 

His One-of-a-Kind creations celebrate the Vibrant Symphony swirling through the Colors of Life! Listings Wanted. Check out our new Sister site Bluechipartbrokerage.com

From www.prints.com: 

There is a rhythm in Talmadge's art, prints and posters. The fast-paced rhythym of traffic rushing down a rain slick street; the rhythm of sparkling lights at a summer carnival; rhythm as swirls of vivid color - colorstorms - sprawling across his drawing boards.

These are actual hand pulled serigraphs, which are produced by hand pulling the fine art paper through the printing screen for each color. Each serigraph is produced under the close supervision of the artist.

James was only 14 when he had his first one man show of art, prints and posters. Talmadge is a historian - a documentarian of our times. He paints what he sees, what we all see, adding a bit more color, humor and innocence to the experience.

From www.gallerydirect.com:

 

Artist Bio: From the time James Talmadge was old enough to hold a crayon, he knew he wanted to be an artist. At the age of 14, he was given his first one man exhibition. Shortly thereafter, he was awarded a scholarship to the Los Angeles based Art Center School of Design -- an award presented to one student per year.

 

After his formal education came to an end, Talmadge's interests were pulled in many challenging directions. Projects included developing educational programs used by school systems across the United States to help disadvantaged and learning disabled students.While in his 20's, companies such as Sony, Atlantic Records, Doubleday Publishing, Max Factor, JBL International, ABC, CBS and KCET employed the artist's talents in various creative endeavors. His diversity and interests led him to explore many disciplines, from producing animated films for Sesame Street, Cheech and Chong and Sonny Bono to creating graphics for The Bill Cosby Show.

 

During this period, Talmadge continued to hone his skills, painting every spare minute. The art finally demanded his full-time attention, and in his mid-30's, began concentrating exclusively on his art.James Talmadge has had over 100 exhibitions since 1961 throughout the United States and the Far East. His works are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; The Museum of Modern Art, Osaka; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jamaica.

 

His artwork can be found in the collections of Charlie Sheen, Andre Agassi & Brook Shields, Mr. & Mrs. Martin Sheen, Louie Anderson, Elgen Baylor, Sony Corporation, Doubleday Publishing, Hormel Corporation, Los Angeles Times, Max Factor , Ampex Corporation, Atlantic Records, among others.

 

When James Talmadge first picks up a stick of oil pastel or dips a brush in color, he says he literally doesn't know what he is going to paint until the brush touches the canvas. So many images enchant him -- the romance of a night at the theater, umbrellas in the rain, the glow of lights on a rain splattered street.

From www.icoolectro.com:

 

Los Angeles-born, Malibu-dwelling, Canadian resident, raconteur, world traveler and celebrated artist to the stars, James Talmadge has led an incredibly colorful and adventurous life which, of course, directly informs his vibrant and highly collectable artwork. A big fan of all things Japanese, as well as something of a small-town hero over there.

 

Talmadge is also one of the few American visual artists to be invited to Cuba and shake hands with Fidel Castro. He also donates his time and artwork to such prestigious organizations as the Make-a-Wish Foundation, The John Wayne Cancer Center, Meals on Wheels, and Free Arts for Abused Children, just to name a few.

 

James Talmadge's style follows somewhat along the lines of the Neo-impressionist school of thought, but of course, his style is all his own. Lush, quirky, exquisitely detailed and brash, Talmadge's work corners the market on art you simply just have to have.

 

Talmadge and his wife moved to Ontario, Canada some years ago, where the breathtaking winter terrain inspires him to create even more amazing artwork on a daily basis.