Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ARTIST CLOSEUP • James A. Crawford

Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist:

James A. Crawford


Award winning photographic artist James A. Crawford’s interest in art began in high school and further developed at Orange Coast College where he majored in architecture and minored in history and art. In 1966, while in Viet Nam, he purchased his first 35mm camera. Upon his return to the States, Crawford lived and worked in Laguna Beach, CA pursuing an architectural career while continuing to photograph and interact with area artists. In 1976 James moved to San Luis Obispo to further his education at Cal Poly where he majored in architecture and minored in photography. Crawford states: “I have been greatly influenced by the Brooks experience because all my professors were Brooks Institute graduates.” James continues to further his photographic education through yearly workshops with varied master photographers.

Life Tree © James Crawford

 Crawford is the recipient of first place ribbons and Best of Show awards in several photography shows and publications and has been displayed at the Photo Technique Magazine, Preston Contemporary Art Center in Mesilla, NM, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Cal Poly (SLO), SLO Arts Gallery, SLO Coast Journal, Johnson Gallery, The Photoshop, San Luis Artist’s Gallery, Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo City Hall, Gallery at the Network-San Luis Obispo, Olive Tree Fine Arts Gallery in Atascadero, CA, and San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Crawford’s work also hangs in many private collections.

Eye Heart You © James Crawford

Wild Oak © James Crawford

Crawford believes there is more to photography than looking through the camera and pressing the shutter. He says, “The camera is only part of the process. It’s where my creativity leads on the computer, or the darkroom. It is not a mere image, it is an extension of my whole self, my whole being, the sum of all my experiences and the influences of great artists I admire.” Some of those artists are Mondrian, Braque, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Klee, the architect Antonio Gaudi and the photographers Eadweard Muybridge, Wynn Bullock and Paul Strand—to name just a few. Crawford states that many artists are an influence. “I take little pieces from everything and everyone and meld it into my own vision and truth. Whether that’s from architecture, sculpture, painting, music, photography or literature.” Not all of James’ images are intended to look like either a classic photograph or a painting. James has yet to find a classification, nor do he want it to be boxed or classified.

Crawford’s portfolio may also be found at the Web Galleries: http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/c/crawf/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/jacrawf/ and http://saatchionline.com/crawfphoto

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