"Ever Vigilant"

  • Biography

    James Robinson (1944-2015)

    Biography
    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    Free-lance Fine Artist
    Austin, Dallas and Houston, Texas,
    Developed and maintained a reputation for producing quality depictions of Texas landscapes, wildlife and other western scenes.
    SHOWS
    American Royal Association Show, Kansas City
    Brazos Art Classic, College Station, Texas
    Cheyenne Show, Cheyenne
    Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston
    Stamford Art Foundation, Stamford, Texas
    Miniatures, 91 92 White Oak Gallery, Elko, Minnesota
    Mountain Oyster Show, Tucson
    National Finals Art Auction, Las Vegas
    River Oaks Classic, Houston
    PUBLISHED PRINTS
    Gulf Coast Conservation Association
    Ducks Unlimited
    Hadley House
    American Masters Foundation
    PUBLICATIONS
    Southwest Art, Feature, December 1983
    Sporting Classics, Feature, May/June 1992
    Gulf Tide, Feature, May/June 1981
    Houston Home and Garden
    Texas Homes
    Texas Hunters Directory, Selected one of the Top 10 Texas Artists
    Wildlife Art News
    SPECIAL RECOGNITION
    Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year, 1990
    COLLECTED BY
    Texaco
    Brown and Root
    Marathon Oil
    Granada Corporation
    Bing Crosby Family
    Shell Oil
    Montgomery Ward
    Private Collections
    TEACHING EXPERIENCE
    Houston, Dallas, and Austin, Texas 1985 Present
    Robinson plans and teaches private workshops of three to five days duration for up to twenty individuals on various aspects of illustration and painting. Courses emphasize drawing, color, values, composition and perspective, showing how the basics apply in abstract and nonobjective, as well as realistic painting. The artist also shows how these elements are used in other fields such as interior design, architecture, landscaping, furniture design, commercial art and advertising.
    COMMERCIAL ARTIST / GRAPHICS DESIGNER
    Houston, Texas 1963- 1974
    Robinson produced a broad range of graphic designs and illustrations for industrial, architectural and commercial applications. Extensive experience in layout, design, illustration, production and camera-ready copy for logos, letterheads, annual reports, billboards, magazine ads and other forms of advertising. Employment and contract affiliations during the period included Brown and Root, Visual Concepts and Graphicenter.
    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
    Texas Association of Professional Artist
    EDUCATION
    The University of Houston 1965- 1968
    South Texas Junior College 1963- 1965
    Completed 100 hours of curriculum leading to B.F.A
    Submitted by Whistle Pik Gallery
    Biography from Whistle Pik Galleries
    James Robinson, a native of the Lone Star State, is proud of his heritage. His ancestors we're early pioneers to Texas in the early 1840's. In those days Texas' unspoiled beauty, untraveled terrain, rugged bluffs and creeks dominated. James was inspired by their stories and chose Texas's rugged landscape as his primary subject matter. An intimate knowledge of Texas and the many facets of the western landscape are obvious when one views a painting created by the artist.
    Born in Houston in 1944, James always knew he would be an artist. He was committed to his education and earned a BFA. He studied both commercial and fine art as a free-lance designer and illustrator, polishing his painting skills on the side. It was at this stage in his career that his dad, J.C. literally absconded with one of his paintings and marched into a local gallery to show what his son could do. From that day on, he dedicated his life to fine art and has enjoyed a most remarkable career.
    James has always been influenced by such artists as Frank Tenney Johnson, James Reynolds, Howard Terpning, John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla. He seeks to evoke these qualities in his own work and establish his own niche in western art by unique combinations of light, color and action to leave a lasting impact on the viewer.
    James has won numerous awards including "Artist's Choice" in 2010 and "Best Group" in 2007 with a cash award of $5000 from the Briscoe Museum's Night of Artist's show in San Antonio, Texas. Another honor was "Olaf Wieghorst Award" for the best painting at the 2007 Mountain Oyster Show in Tucson, Arizona.