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