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James McElhinney

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Biography

James Lancel McElhinney is a visual artist, author, oral historian, and now publisher. He is the recipient of a Pollock Krasner 2017 artist-grant. McElhinney attended Tyler School of Art (MFA Painting), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and Yale University (MFA Painting). He has received numerous honor including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. McElhinney is also a published author who has conducted numerous oral histories and interviews for the Smithsonian Archives of American ArtColeccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, the Frick Center for the History of CollectingColumbia University INCITE for the Robert Rauschenberg FoundationCenter for Southern Jewish Culture, Vermont Studio Center, VoCA, Voices in Contemporary Art, other foundations and private patrons. McElhinney is listed on the Master Artist Council of the Arthur Miller Foundation.


From 1991 to 2003 McElhinney created a series of artworks exploring historic battlefields as flashpoints in new conflicts between historic preservation and commercial development.
Since 2005, painting in book-form has afforded McElhinney greater mobility. Identifying with expeditionary artists such as John-James Audubon, George Catlin and Seth Eastman, McElhinney regards his paintings as interventions, encountering the landschaft as a palimpsest of simultaneous narratives; terrain organized by memory and desire, human activity; conditioned by climate topography, watersheds.

 

In 2017 McElhinney established Needlewatcher Editions. Following the Audubon subscription model, the small press produced two limited edition suites that have been acquired by museums and rare-book libraries across the country. 

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