James Harvey (L), James Watkins (R)
In his paintings James Harvey uses simple every day objects as visual devices to construct his images. He's interested in working with the still life as organic material and to feel it as pure material. Harvey's process involves overlapping images, sewing with pieces of canvas, and painting new surfaces to create an excited visual, almost sculptural, surface. Through the process of constructing his images, Harvey hopes to capture the "saturation of the still life" in his paintings.
Harvey received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and has shown throughout New England. Exhibitions include the Narrows Gallery in Massachusetts, Art of the Northeast Exhibition at the Silvermine Guild in Connecticut, and the Virginia Lynch Gallery in Rhode Island.
James Watkins's sculptural work in glass explores the concept of the still life. Ron Onerato has said, "Watkin's work is about contemplation as much as it is about the action of making. His work slows down our perceptual process so that we can consider the possibilities of interpretation rather than having the obvious and often literal shapes name themselves… the things that Watkins makes afford his viewers the chance to think, to consider the possibilities, to contemplate, and thus to imagine."
Watkins received his BA at Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls, NY and his MFA at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. He has shown widely, both nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include Espaces Bonnard et St-Bernard in Cannes, France, Global Art Glass Triennial in Borgholm, Sweden, and Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo, Japan. American exhibits include Heller Gallery and American Craft Museum in New York, NY, Glass Gallery in Bethesda, MD, and Dorothy Weiss Gallery in San Francisco, CA. International collections include Musee des Arts Decoratifs de la Ville de Lausanne in Switzerland, The Glass Museum in Fraunau, West Germany, Galerie Internationale du Verre in Biot, France, Chateau Pichon Longueville in Bordeaux, France, and Ernsting Stiftung Muesum in Coespeld, Germany. American collections include the RISD Museum of Art in Providence, RI, Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC, and the Corning Museum of Art in Corning, NY.