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James Tennison, OPA - American 20th/21st Century

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A Year in Fort Worth
Catalogue
James Tennison original oil paintings
The Fresian
James Tennison Original Oil Paintings
Trio
Fort Worth Fine Art Gallery- James Tennison Original Oil Paintings
Geraniums
James Tennison original oil paintings
Apagon
Fort Worth fine art gallery -James Tennison
Mariposa
Fort Worth Fine Art Gallery- James Tennison Original Oil Paintings
Hero
fort worth fine art gallery - james tennison oil paintings
Rosa
Evening Light on Bass Hall
fort worth art gallery - james tennison oil paintings
Ballet Folklorico
Lancaster Bridge
Fort Worth art gallery - James Tennison painter
Red Geraniums
Pont Neuf
Blue Door
The Artist on His Art:

I love to try to capture the beauty I see all around. What really excites me is the effect of light - sunlight and shadow - and the colors that can be seen in shadows and reflected light if one looks closely. Whether my subject is an urban landscape, a garden view, or a person in a room near a window, Iím always chasing the light. I am constantly inspired by nature and by the works of great artists of the past and present - such as the portraits painted by John Singer Sargent and the light-filled paintings of Joaquin Sorolla. I have found some of my favorite subject matter in Portugal, where I grew up, and I also enjoy painting life in the city where I now live.

My paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, including the Gallery Americana in Carmel, California; Galerie Kornye in Dallas and Galerie Kornye West in Fort Worth, Texas; Greenwich Workshop Gallery in Fairfield, Connecticut; Museum of American Illustration and The Salmagundi Club in New York City; and Whistle Pik Galleries in Fredericksburg, Texas. I have taught and guest lectured at several colleges and universities in Texas and have given many private painting workshops.

My portrait commissions have taken me across the United States and to England. My works include the official portrait of former Texas Governor Ann Richards, which hangs in the State Capitol in Austin, portraits for the National Institutes of Health, Southern Methodist University, Texas Instruments and Frito Lay, as well many portraits for families.


Education:

1979-1982 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, BFA
1972-1977 University of Texas at Arlington, BFA

Awards include:


2011 Salmagundi Club, Margery Soroka Memorial Award for Watercolor
2011 Galerie Kornye West 10th Annual Invitational Show - People's Choice Award
2010 Portrait Society of America - Certificate of Excellence Award
2010 Society of Watercolor Artists - Honorable Mention
2009 Campfire USA Plein Air Paint Out - Second Place
2008 Campfire USA Plein Air Paint Out - Best of Show
2007 Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition - Certificate of Excellence Award
2003 Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition - First Honor Award and People's Choice Award
Gold and Silver Medals - New York Society of Illustrators
Gold Medal - Dallas Society of Visual Communications
Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals - Dallas Society of Illustrators



Exhibitions include:

2011 Salmagundi Club 128th Annual Members Exhibition - New York, NY
2011 Galerie Kornye West 10th Annual Invitational Show - Fort Worth, TX
2011 Oil Painters of America 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition - Devin Galleries,
Coeur d'Alene, ID
2011 Society of Watercolor Artists 30th Annual National Juried Exhibition - Fort Worth, TX
2011 Galerie Kornye West Spring Invitational Show - Fort Worth, TX
2010 Salmagundi Club 127th Annual Members Exhibition - New York, NY
2010 20th Annual Invitational Small Works Show - Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2010 Oil Painters of America 19th Annual Juried Exhibition - Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2010 Society of Watercolor Artists 29th Annual Juried Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
2010 Salon International Juried Exhibition - Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2009 19th Annual Invitational Small Works Show - Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2009 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition - Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2009 Spring and Fall Group Show - Galerie Kornye, Dallas, TX
2009 8th Annual Invitational Show - Galerie Kornye West, Fort Worth, TX
2008 Group Holiday Show - Galerie Kornye West, Fort Worth, TX
2008 Charleston Art Auction - Charleston, SC
2008 Oil Painters of America 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition - Dana Galleries, Missoula, MN
2008 Spring and Fall Group Shows - Galerie Kornye, Dallas,TX
2008 7th Annual Invitational Show - Galerie Kornye West, Fort Worth, TX
2008 Fall Group Show - Galerie Kornye West, Fort Worth, TX
2007 Oil Painters of America 16th Annual National Juried Exhibition - Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, TX
2007 Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition - Washington, DC
2003 Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition - Philadelphia, PA
2000 Oil Painters of America 9th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Gallery American, Carmel, CA
New York Society of Illustrators Annual Juried Exhibitions 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 32, 33


Publications:

North Light Books, "Best of Portrait Painting"
International Artist Magazine
Communication Arts Illustration Annuals
New York Society of Illustrators Annuals 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 32, 33


Private Collections include:

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Andlinger, New York, NY
Dr. and Mrs. Scott Bartlett, Philadelphia, PA
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Brandt, Alexandria, VA
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Beard, Atlanta, GA
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bell, Copell, TX
Mrs. Elizabeth Stevens Campbell, Little Rock, AR
Mr. and Mrs. Holmes Davis, Dallas, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Menard Doswell, Fort Worth, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dudley, Chevy Chase, MD
Mr. and Mrs. John duPont, Wilmington, DE
Dr. and Mrs. Greenberg, Florence, SC
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fowler, Lookout Mountain, TN
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Jones, Dallas, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Jordan, Atlanta, GA
Brigadier General J. T. W. Landon, London, England
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Law, Fort Worth, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Clint Murchison, Dallas, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Shelton, Pasadena, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Witt Stephens, Jr., Little Rock, AR
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Skilling, Houston, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Watson, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Mrs. Alinda Wikert, Dallas, TX

Corporate, Institutional and Public Collections include:

Dresser Industries, Dallas, TX
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Frito Lay, Inc., Dallas, TX
National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
National Institute of Nursing Research, Bethesda, MD
Saint Michael's Episcopal Church, Dallas, TX
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
State of Texas, Official Portrait of Governor Ann Richards, Austin, TX
Texas Instruments Inc., Dallas, TX
USAA, San Antonio, TX


Teaching experience:

2000-2006 - Private Portrait Painting Workshops
1991-1994 - Collin County Community College, Adjunct Professor - Figure Painting
1991-1992 - Tarrant County College, Adjunct Professor - Drawing, Watercolor

Guest Lecturer:

2008 - Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT - MFA Illustration Program
1982-2006 - Syracuse University, New York - MA Illustration Program
1988-1991 - Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, TX
1988- present - Kilgore College, Kilgore, TX

Affiliations:

Oil Painters of America - Signature Member
Portrait Society of America
Salmagundi Club - Artist Member



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