Introducing Artist James Baumbach
April 21, 2010, 1:52 am
Filed under: Artist Feature
| Tags: abstract
I’d like to introduce a new member to Mad Art gallery, painter James Baumbach from Cazenovia, New York..
I grew up in Cazenovia then moved to southern California to attend college. Though I wasn’t an art major,I was immediately drawn to abstract art after seeing the paintings of Jackson Pollock in an art history class I took. His free form style was intriguing to me.
My initial experience in serious art was designing and building granite/marble mosaic table tops. Having the freedom to arrange the pieces in any order I liked appealed to me. I was free to create any type of design I wanted. This led to a kind of “abstract expressionism” of it’s own. I found a market for them in the desert area of Palm Springs, where I was living at the time. After moving back to central New York, I made the decision to begin painting as a way expressing my “visions” in an abstract style.
I have no formal art training,though I did take a number of art courses in college. I also spent 5 years in the lighting business, including art gallery lighting in several new and established galleries in Palm Desert,California.I learned the importance of lighting when displaying art. Sometimes I will see a photograph or something in my life that inspires me to paint,but only in an abstract way. I basically, paint what I see in my mind at the time and I continue to work on a piece until I’m happy with it. Often,I will work on several pieces at a time. That way I can go from one to the other, as each piece is drying. I prefer to work with acrylic paints because they dry faster. Also, this way, I’m able to continue painting for several hours at a time.
I enjoy sculpting in various mediums, but at the moment my efforts are focused on acrylic on canvas.
My favorite art period would either be, the early 1900’s when Wassily Kandinsky was doing abstract work, or the 1940’s and 50’s when Pollack was breaking new ground with his “drip” paintings. My primary ideas on abstract art involve 3 main factors; colors,movement and texture (or what I call “surface issues’). My goal is for one observer to see or interpret something different than the next person and to make them want to look “inside” the painting.
Since moving back to central New York, I’ve done some abstract scenes of the area. But frankly, I didn’t see upstate New York as a hotbed of abstract art. However, I’m finding out that may not be the case after having spent some time going to the galleries in and around Syracuse.
Some of my paintings can be seen at MAD Art gallery in Hamilton, NY. I also have a month long solo exhibit slated for December at the Fayettville library. I’m quite excited about that show, as I will have many different pieces on display. I’m currently working on potential exhibits through several upstate NY galleries.
My paintings can be purchased through the MAD Art gallery or directly from my home studio by appointment. I’m
in the process of establishing a website (artistrybyjeb.com
) which should be up and running this summer and my work will be available through that site as well. Anyone interested in viewing or purchasing my paintings can contact MAD Art
or myself directly via my email address Jambaumba@aol.com
or by phone @(315)655-8618 or @(315)447-0667
Call For Art-“Summerfest” in Oneida, NY
April 3, 2010, 9:35 pm
Filed under: Outside Opportunities
| Tags: application
The First annual Summer Fest here in Oneida seeking local talented artisans and craftsman for our Arts and Crafts show during Summer Fest. If you are interested in this event it is scheduled to happen in downtown Oneida on July 10, 2010 from 10am to 6pm.
APPLICATION DEADLINE May 10th
For more Information, Please visit their website at-
Abstract Art Show Opening
April 3, 2010, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Call For Art
, Community Events & Art Shows
| Tags: abstract
Join Us for the AbStRaCt Art show exhibit!
Opening Reception is Friday, April 9th from 6-8pm
Exhibit runs from April 9th through June 5th
Gallery open Fridays 12-6pm and Saturdays from 10-4pm
Lebanon Alley on Lebanon Street
Hamilton, NY 13346