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James Perkins -  Original & Limited Edition Art at Tappan

James Perkins

James Perkins


About James Perkins

James Perkins received a BA from Yale University and a Masters from the School of Visual Arts. The artist lives and works in New York City and Fire Island, NY. His work has been exhibited with Ace Gallery Los Angeles, Metro Pictures, NYU The Institute of Fine Arts, MANA Contemporary, Dallas Contemporary, MTV RE: DEFINE and the School of Visual Arts. Lectures include NYU The Institute of Fine Arts, LACMA’s Avant-Garde and the University of Wisconsin. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal,, CNBC, ABC, FOX Business, Teen Vogue, and Entrepreneur Magazine among others. His brand collaborations have included: UBS, Marlborough Chelsea Gallery, The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey (LVMH) brands, The Standard Hotels, and Lehmann Maupin.


James Perkins creates time-based land art installations composed of primary structures in wood and silk. Made on the beach in Fire Island, NY, the work employs a system in nature to explore the beauty and experience of weathering the vicissitudes of life. The “post-totem structures” start outdoors in the language of sculpture and culminate as nonsite wall reliefs with marks made in collaboration with nature. He believes that we all navigate totems and their historical and contemporary values to paint an identity either closer to or further away from his idea of a neutral existence. Growing up in Arkansas and then moving to New York he observed the tribes of the South and those of Wall Street. He studies the manipulation of objects, appearance and context in search of a social neutrality that speaks louder than societal tribal noise. He is interested in our shared beauty. We all live under the sun. Everyone has a horizon. Everyone has a sunset. We all have a body. Everyone dresses. The skin we choose. He seeks modes that embody the spirit of a beautiful neutral existence. The results blur the lines of sculpture and painting, figurative and minimalism, monumental land art and temporary works, masculine and feminine, human intervention and nature. The works initially appear as painted steel, solid wood, or even fiberglass, but upon closer inspection, one sees they are much more delicate. The hollow 2x4 frames are draped and wrapped in silk, semi buried or stacked to create ephemeral monumental works.



2013, School of Visual Arts, MPS, New York, NY

2000, Yale University, BA, New Haven, CT



2017, Tempus Fugit, NYU The Institute of Fine Arts, New York, NY

2015, Speculation, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014, Ball Until You Fall, Cutting My Ties, WNDO, Venice, CA



2018, Points of Light in a Nocturnal World, curated by John Newsom, Metro Pictures, Brooklyn, NY

2017, Remnants, curated by Lisa Banner, Brooklyn Cluster, Brooklyn, NY

2016, The Weight of My Appearance, Reis Studios, Long Island City, NY

2015, AxA, MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

2015, UNICEF NextGen Art Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

2015, MTV RE:DEFINE honors Michael Craig-Martin, curated by Peter Doroshenko and The Future Tense and music curated by Dan Colen & Nate Lowman, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX

2014, MTV RE:DEFINE with Jerry Hall, curated by Peter Doroshenko and The Future Tense and music curated by Richard Phillips, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX

2013, SVA Graduate Exhibition, School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2012, 2x2, Eileen S. Kaminsky Foundation, MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ



2019, Art Institute of Chicago, Studio Visit series curated by David Getsey

2017, NYU Institute of Fine Arts, Burying Painting: Event Horizon

2015, Yale University, 15-Year Reunion Speaker, Material Perception

2013, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Multidisciplinary Artists: The New Creative Norm



2018, Visiting Artist Residency at Trestle Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

2018, ATCO Real Estate, Manhattan, NY

2014, SourceRock Partners Residency, Venice, CA