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James Hanlon



Phone: 503-679-6385

Professional info

Professional artist with over 50 years experience in fine art, commercial art, and teaching design techniques at the university level.  Specializing in drawing including elements of line, composition, juxtaposition and spatial relationships, perspective, volume, light and shadow, foreshortening, value and texture.  Specializing in painting including landscape, plein aire, still life, figurative.  Specializing in decorative techniques including trompe l’oeil, airbrush, wood patinas, glazing, sponging, marbling and gold, silver and copper leafing.


James has been the senior illustrator for Arica Institute School of knowledge founded by Oscar Ichazo, whose philosophical publication received the 1991 United Nations Society of Writers’ Award of Excellence.

Work experience

Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) Art Auction & Show, Juried, Portland. 
8X8 Art Show, Concordia University, OSA Oregon Society of Artists.

Yamhills Gallery, Newberg, Oregon. 
Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) Art Auction & Show, Juried, Portland. 
OSA Oregon Society of Artists "Extreme Sizes" Show.

One Man Show, a benefit for Store to Door Organization, Non-profit. 
OSA Oregon Society of Artists - Black and White Art Exhibit. 
Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) Art Auction, Juried, Portland. 
Portland Metro Veterans Connect Art Exhibit, Group Show, Gallery 114. 
Oregon Society of Artists - Spring Juried Show - Best in Show Award. 
Artists Repertory Theatre Group Show, Theater Production "The Monster-Builder," Portland.

Artists Repertory Theatre Group Show, Theater Production "Foxfinder," Portland. 
OSA Oregon Society of Artists - Rose Festival Art Show:  Honorable Mention, Rose Scene Award. 
Oregon Society of Artists - Associates Only Show: Honorable Mention Award. 
Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) Art Auction, Juried, Portland. 
Oregon Society of Artists Nautical Art Show, Portland.

One Man Exhibition, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP), Portland. 
Two Man Exhibition, Geezer Gallery, Portland. 
Art Maui (juried show) HI. 
The Art Studio on Vineyard, Wailuku, Maui HI.

Maui Open Studios 
The Art Studio on Vineyard, Wailuku, Maui.

Art Maui (juried show) 
Group Invitational: "The Essence of Maui" 
Maui Arts & Cultural Center. 
Maui Hands Gallery, Paia, Maui. 
Lahaina Arts Society, Lahaina, Maui.

Art Maui (juried show)

Art Maui (juried show)


2005  Thailand
2000  Australia
1992-1993 France
1990Africa and England
1986-1990 France and Morocco
1971 France and Spain


2010 - present
2010 - present

School of Visual Arts, New York


Attended School for 1 year, studying fine art.

Lincoln College, IL BFA

1962- 1963

Attended for two years studying Fine Art yourself.

Massachusetts College of Art,

1985- 1986

Attended for two years studying Fine Art yourself.

Retrospective Show: "Out of the Void - Life's Long Dream" 
Pacific Grove Art Center, CA

Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art (juried show) CA

Art Maui (juried show) 
Glassman Gallery, Makawao, HI 
Kahala Hilton Fine Arts Gallery, Honolulu, HI

Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

New England School of Art and Design Gallery, Boston, MA 
Cage Gallery, Boston

Cambridge Art Association , MA (juried show) 
“The Artist in the World,” First Prize

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa, CA, One-Man Show: 
“Exposed in the Light” 
Salon des Refuses, Lahaina, Maui, Second Prize.

Fourth Annual Wailuku Paintout, Award Winner, Maui Art Gallery. 
One-Man Show: "Reunion" Wailea Marriott Resort, Wailea, HI.

Blue Jaguar Medicine Arts Gallery, Taos, NM

Art Maui (juried show)

Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center (juried member show) 
Purchase: Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts 
Art Maui (juried show)

Corporate Clients

Alyson Publications  (book cover design)

Arica Institute NY (illustrations and educational materials, 36years part-time)

Cahners Publishing Co.

Crown Publications (book jacket illustration)

City of miami, Mayors office (limited edition silk screen)

Curtis Card Company (full-time illustrator, 1987)

Digital Equipment Company

Dow Chemical

Finn Advertising, Tyler, TX (illustrations for InterFirst Bank, First City Natinal

Bank Logo Designs for Gilbrater Chemical Resources and Lindsay Construction)

Greg Fossella Associats, Boston

Harper's Magazine (editorial illustrations) 

Hoghton Mifflin Publishers

Hill Holiday Connors Cosmopolous, Boston

Information Resources, Lexington, MA (book cover design) 

New York Times (editorial, political, and book review illustrations) 

Sail Magazine

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