Great American Artists: Roots, Branches and Seeds – Part III featuring the paintings of acclaimed artist, Sydney G. James. Final installation of the Yearlong Exhibition Featuring a Consortium of Detroit Visual Artists on view September 6, 2012 through December 29, 2012, at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Opening Reception September 6, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The first museum exhibition of the acclaimed painter, Sydney G. James, whose extensive collection of portraits demonstrates her signature complex layering portraying familiar, friendly and familial faces will be presented in the Great American Artists: Roots, Branches and Seeds-Part III. Detroit native, Sydney G. James, is a Cass Technical High School graduate who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Center for Creative Studies (now College for Creative Studies). She is one of nine artists featured in Great American Artists, an exhibition of new figurative works created through a series of studio visits, collaborative meetings and documentation.
These artists developed a consortium with two major goals in mind: to increase collaboration among artists in Detroit and to strengthen the network of artists who employ similar themes in their work. Sydney began her career as an Art Director for Global Hue Advertising Agency in Detroit primarily creating print and television advertising for major international brands. She moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to expand her career. Securing a staff position as resident artist for the ABC Family show, Lincoln Heights, Sydney created all of the artwork for the set, lead character, Cassie, a prodigal artist in addition to other artist characters, utilizing various styles to define each personality her works represented. She has worked as an artist for several other network television shows as well as films.
Sydney has exhibited her paintings through shows in Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston,Washington D.C., New Orleans and New York. She has a host of private collectors. Industry insiders anticipate significant interest in this artist as her star rises. Sydney shares, “My work is always personal and, I want my viewers to experience a personal connection as well." To view Sydney G. James’ work, please visit www.sydneygjames.com.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 315 East Warren Avenue Detroit, MI 48201 www.thewright.org
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