James Crandall

James Crandall

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James Crandall
After a long career as a concept illustrator in the advertising and motion-picture industry, James Crandall has shifted his focus to traditional easel painting. He finds subject matter in everyday life, and is always looking for an intriguing play of light, or the unstaged gestures of people at work and at play. An ongoing series of paintings depicts life in his maternal grandfather's hometown of Lucca in northern Tuscany, where he regularly visits. Recent work also includes scenes from the rural backroads of California's Gold Country, where he and his wife Nancy make their home. He is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and an Artist Member of the California Art Club. Education: Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California 1978-1981 (BFA, Awarded with Distinction) University of California, Los Angeles, 1975-1977 Recent Exhibitions and Awards: 2015 Awarded Master Signature status, Oil Painters of America, December 2015 2015 2nd Prize, Signature division, Oil Painters of America Online Showcase, Fall 2015 2015 American Impressionist Society National (juried) Scottsdale, AZ 2015 Oil Painters of America’s Western Regional Exhibition, Steamboat Springs, CO 2015 Judge, BoldBrush Art Competition, July 2015 2015 Oil Painters of America’s 24st Annual National Juried Exhibition, St. Augustine, FL 2015 Crocker Art Museum Art Auction, Sacramento, CA 2015 Finalist, RayMar Art Competition (January & February) 2014 Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of American Western Regional 2014 Finalist, RayMar Art Competition (July) 2014 Award of Excellence, Paso Artsfest, Paso Robles, California (Juror: Quang Ho) 2014 Crocker Art Museum Art Auction, Sacramento, California 2014 Finalist, Boldbrush Competition (April) 2013 1st Place, Signature division, Oil Painters of America Fall Online Showcase 2013 Solo Exhibition, Lee Youngman Galleries, Calistoga, California 2013 Finalist, RayMar Art Competition (February, August) 2013 California Art Club's Gold Medal Exhibition 2013 Oil Painters of America's 22st Annual National Juried Exhibition 2013 2-Man Show, Galerie Kornye West, Fort. Worth, Texas 2013 2nd Place, Boldbrush Painting Competition (June) 2013 2nd Place, Boldbrush Painting Competition (May) 2013 Finalist, RayMar Fine Art Competition, February 2013 (Juror: Nancy Guzik) 2012 Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America Fall Online Showcase 2012 American Art Invitational, Saks Galleries, Denver, Colorado 2012 Oil Painters of America's Western Regional Exhibition, Gallery 1261, Denver, Colorado 2012 Oil Painters of America's 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition, Evergreen, Colorado 2012 Crocker Art Museum Art Auction, Sacramento, California 2012 3rd Prize, Oil Painters of America Spring Online Showcase 2012 101st Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club, Gene Autry Museum, Los Angeles 2012 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas (Jury's Top 50) 2012 Finalist, RayMar Art Fine Competition (January, March, September, November) 2012 Finalist, Bold Brush Art Competition, (January, September) 2012 Scottsdale Salon, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona 2012 Judge, BoldBrush Art Competition, December 2011 2011 BoldBrush Art Competiton, August 2011, (Best of Show Award) 2011 RayMar Art Fine Art Competition, 2010-2011, (Finalist [Top 12 of the Year] Award) 2011 Oil Painter's of America's Western Regional Exhibition, Calistoga, California 2011 Oil Painters of America’s 20th Annual National, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (Portraiture Award of Excellence) 2011 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas (Jury's Top Fifty) 2011 Expressions West, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon 2011 Go Figure! Group Exhibition, Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, California (invited artist) 2011 North Valley Art League 27th Annual National, Redding, California (Award of Excellence) 2010 Small Works Show, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona (invited artist) 2010 "Chrome, Smokes and Flames," Deines Cultural Center, Russell, Kansas (invited artist) 2010 9th Annual Fall Gallery Night, Gallerie Kornye West, Fort Worth, Texas (invited artist) 2010 Expressions West 2010, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon (Honorable Mention) 2010 Oil Painters of America’s 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition 2010 99th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, CAC, Pasadena Museum of California Art 2010 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas 2010 Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, Illustration West 48 exhibition (California) 2010 "Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century” Clatsop College, Astoria, Oregon 2010 North Valley Art League 26th National, Redding, CA (2 Awards of Excellence) 2009 Allied Artists of American 96th Annual Exhibition, NYC, New York 2009 79th Annual Statewide Exhibit, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, California 2009 “Equine Dreams” Western States Horse Expo, Sacramento, CA (Best of Show / Best Oil) 2009 98rd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, CAC, Pasadena Museum of California Art 2009 “Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden II” Pasadena Museum of History Statement From "Painting Lucca": No one thinks "Crandall" is an Italian surname, and it's not. But my mother's family is from Italy. My grandfather Carlo grew up in the city of Lucca, in northern Tuscany, situated between Pisa and Florence. He immigrated to America between the World Wars, and while working as a waiter in Pittsburgh he met and married a young Italian woman from Calabria, my grandmother Rose. Together they moved to California, where they raised two daughters and found great success in the restaurant business. Not long after my grandfather's death, when I was just 6 years old, my parents took the family on a year-long trip to Europe, where I was to meet my Italian relations. It was a confusing experience for me, full of aunts and uncles who stroked my blonde head and fussed over me in a language which seemed incomprehensible. Over thirty years would pass before I finally returned to Lucca as an adult, then several years married and well into my career as an artist. Everyone of grandfather's generation had since passed, and I was re-introduced to a family where my mother's first cousins were now the venerated elders. My wife and I made an effort to learn enough of the language to exchange pleasantries and perhaps stumble our way through a planned reunion dinner. I had no expectations beyond that single gathering, but it unexpected led to a series of invitations from various family homes, and some guided outings... and that year's trip was followed by several more. Cousins became good friends, our Italian language skills improved considerably, and my wife and I began to think of Lucca almost as a second home. My sustaining work in commercial illustration is now giving way to days making paintings of Italy, with grandfather's hometown always at the forefront. It is a bittersweet attachment, a source which is always compelling and familiar, but which I must always see with the eyes of a foreigner. – James Crandall Cool, California February 2011
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