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James Spearman

  • Overview

    I love life and all of its wonders, man, animal, insects and nature. My subjects are mostly figurative and representational, where man and animal become portraits. Focusing on the positive strengths and beauty of life I attempt to capture the inner and outer essence of each image and its relationship to its surrounding space. Because I am African American most of my first images were African American. In later years I begin to paint animals and landscapes. My interest now is focused on music themes. I developed a passionate interest in art after taking a basic art class in college. I graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 1973, where I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a minor in Interior Architectural Design and Space Planning. In 1974 I formed my own company, Artistic Diversions, selling my fine art reproductions and specializing in Contract Design and Space planning. In the years that followed, I published more than 20 reproductions of my images. A selection of my work was distributed nationally by Things Graphics, a Fine Art publisher located in Washington D.C. From 1994 – 2008. I was an art instructor and consultant for The Art League of Michigan’s mentorship program. From 2001 – 2007 my wife and I owned Del Gallery in Lathrop Village, Michigan. We relocated our home to Columbia, Tennessee in 2008. Memberships: • Art Council of Williamson County: Franklin, Tennessee -2008 to present • Tennessee Art League: Nashville, Tennessee –Present -2013 to 2014 • Maury County Art Guild: Board of Directors – Columbia, Tennessee- 2008 to 2012 • The Scarab Club: Detroit, Michigan- 2005 to 2007 • The Arts League of Michigan: Detroit, Michigan – 1994 to 2008 • National Conference of Artist: Detroit, Michigan – 1993 to 2008 • Ann Arbor Arts Guild: Ann Arbor, Michigan – 2001 to 2006 Major Commissions: • Dr. Martin Luther King Task Force: 2014 was commissioned to sculpture a bust of Dr. Martin L. King Jr. in bronze medal – Now on permanent exhibit in the South Field Library in Southfield Michigan. • Commissioned by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio; Ford Motor Company and The Arts League of Michigan: “Soul of Rock” Painting. Selected as signature piece for touring exhibit, “Rock my Soul”. – 2004 • Numerous Portraits in oil in Michigan, Canada, Nashville and Columbia Tennessee. • My work has been collected nationally