Artist's Bio



James G. Gavin (b. 1949) USA

Presently works in his studio in Weehawken, New Jersey.


James G. Gavin has been painting for 45 years. His first painting sale was at age 13 of a still life to a neighbor and the following year his first artist award was with the Milwaukee Journal; later winning a scholarship for art study at Wausau State University at 15 and  in the same year a scholarship to study in Buenos Aires. His first enthusiast was his Mother and his earliest collector was his high school English teacher who encouraged James to continue his study of art. In 1969-1971 James attended California College of Arts and Crafts studying oil painting and printmaking. In 1973 three of his portraits were accepted into the Royal Portrait Society of Britain for the annual show.  In 1979-1982 he attended Western Washington University studying oil painting and printmaking. In 1983 he worked as a printmaker of litho and etching at Kali Institute in Berkeley. He then worked out of his art studio in San Francisco from 1983 to 1995, giving an annual one man show.  Through the years he has offered a large body of work showing in various galleries and establishments through the United States exhibiting in public and private collections. From 2001-2014, his works have been collected by corporate clients of New York state such as Wegman’s, Eastman Kodak, Canandaigua Wine Company, to name just a few.  He has created a large body of oil paintings approx. 1100 works over the past 13 years of landscapes, as well as portraiture and figurative works.

His figurative paintings are of a mythical theme, concentrating in Greek Mythology and European folklore.


Images of his works may be found on his website and many recent paintings can be viewed in his studio showcase in Weehawken, New Jersey near the Hudson River.

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