James Wolanin

Wolanin’s paintings transport the viewer to an effervescent, candy- coated world inspired by vintage advertisements, photographs, and the artist’s own childhood memories. Identifying with Pop artists like Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist, Wolanin taps into our culture’s collective visual conscious, creating vibrant, stylized reflections of American life. Sunny skies, bright smiles, and carefree Sunday drives characterize the artist’s Utopic vision, which blends a nostalgia for mid-century America with a contemporary aesthetic. He notes, “I try to bring the viewer back to a time of innocence.”

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Biography

James Wolanin taps our culture’s collective visual conscious, creating vibrant reflections on American life. Blue skies, effervescent smiles, and carefree adventures characterize the artist’s Utopic vision, which blends nostalgia for mid-century glamour with a contemporary aesthetic. Identifying with Pop artists like Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Alex Katz, Wolanin gives us sparkling, stylized images that read like mixtures of glossy advertising and ecstatic daydreams. In his latest series, “A Summer Song,” a sense of warmth radiates from the canvases, full of sun-soaked beaches, pools, and polished women in retro-style bathing suits that instantly conjure the golden age of American leisure.
 
“I try to bring the viewer back to a time of innocence,” Wolanin has said. His paintings transport us to a universe inspired by photographs, real-world vintage advertisements, and the artist’s own childhood memories, inhabited by figures of the American dream come to life. The paintings wink at our conception of an idealized past even as they recreate a vision of perfection. Beneath their seductive surfaces, they swirl with psychological substance—Wolanin does not simply paint a scene, but constructs what he has called “unfinished emotional narratives for the viewer to complete.” Like the best portraitists, he can suggest entire relationships and personalities through a character’s pose or glance.
 
Wolanin's background as a designer is evident in his dynamic compositions and fizzing color combinations. He forms each painting through an innovative stenciling technique that builds layer upon layer, color upon color, and concludes—fittingly—with a coating of surfboard resin. In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions, his work is found in a number of significant collections, including a recent purchase by the Alex Katz Foundation. Educated at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he lives and works in New Jersey.

Born
1965 Sayreville, NJ.

Education
1999 duCret School of Art, graduated Cum Laude, Plainfield, NJ.

Selected Collections
Alex Katz Foundation

Grants
2009 Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.
2006 Artist in Residence, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016 A Summer Song, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
2015 New Romantics, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2014 All That Glitters, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.
2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
Vintage Pop, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.
2012 On The Road, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2011 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.
2010 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2009 Museum Works Galleries, Santa Fe, NM.
Museum Works Galleries, Aspen, CO.
2008 Snow Bunnies, Museum Works Galleries, Aspen, CO.
2007 Stewardess Paintings, Museum Works Galleries, Aspen, CO.
2001 MTV Showcase Artist, MTV Times Square Studios,
New York, NY.
2000 Celebration of the Feast, Swain’s Gallery, Plainfield, NJ.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Context NY, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY.
Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
2015 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.
2013 PS Fine Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Palm Springs, CA.
Houston Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Houston, TX.
Art Aspen, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Aspen, CO.
Art Hamptons, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY.
LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2012 Art South Hampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Water Mill, NY.
2010 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Aspen, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Aspen, CO.
Art Hamptons, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY.
2009 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.
HW Gallery, Naples, FL.
2008 Art Basel, Museum Works Galleries, Miami, FL.
Red Dot Gallery, Palm Springs, CA.
Art Expo, Las Vegas, NV.
Museum Works Gallery, Aspen, CO.
2007 Go Go Gallery, Miami, FL.
2006 Girls, Girls, Girls, Go Go Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Basel, Museum Works Galleries, Miami, FL.
Chapterhouse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2005 Metal Pig, Orchard Street Gallery, New York, NY.
Metal Pig, Gomi Gallery, Austin, TX.
2004 Urban-Act #2, Studio 14, Rome, Italy.
Urban-Act #1, Studio 14, Rome, Italy.
The Interventionists, Massachusetts Museum of
Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA.
1300 Gallery, Cleveland, OH.
1999 Swain’s Gallery, Plainfield, NJ.
NCJW Focus on Art, Van Vleck House and Gardens, Montclair, NJ.
Divine Inspiration, Agora Gallery, SOHO, New York, NY.
Hallelujah, Ceres Gallery, SOHO, New York, NY.
1998 SOHO International Art Competition, Agora Gallery, SOHO,
New York, NY.

Publications
2015 American Art Collector Magazine, April issue, “New
Romantics” Exhibition Preview
2013 Vintage Pop: Retrospective Artist Book, Published by
Caldwell Snyder Gallery

Press

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Selected Artworks

Born
1965 Sayreville, NJ.

Education
1999 duCret School of Art, graduated Cum Laude, Plainfield, NJ.

Selected Collections
Alex Katz Foundation

Grants
2009 Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.
2006 Artist in Residence, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016 A Summer Song, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
2015 New Romantics, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2014 All That Glitters, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.
2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
Vintage Pop, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.
2012 On The Road, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2011 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.
2010 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2009 Museum Works Galleries, Santa Fe, NM.
Museum Works Galleries, Aspen, CO.
2008 Snow Bunnies, Museum Works Galleries, Aspen, CO.
2007 Stewardess Paintings, Museum Works Galleries, Aspen, CO.
2001 MTV Showcase Artist, MTV Times Square Studios,
New York, NY.
2000 Celebration of the Feast, Swain’s Gallery, Plainfield, NJ.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Context NY, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY.
Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
2015 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.
2013 PS Fine Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Palm Springs, CA.
Houston Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Houston, TX.
Art Aspen, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Aspen, CO.
Art Hamptons, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY.
LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2012 Art South Hampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Water Mill, NY.
2010 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Aspen, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Aspen, CO.
Art Hamptons, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY.
2009 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.
HW Gallery, Naples, FL.
2008 Art Basel, Museum Works Galleries, Miami, FL.
Red Dot Gallery, Palm Springs, CA.
Art Expo, Las Vegas, NV.
Museum Works Gallery, Aspen, CO.
2007 Go Go Gallery, Miami, FL.
2006 Girls, Girls, Girls, Go Go Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Basel, Museum Works Galleries, Miami, FL.
Chapterhouse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2005 Metal Pig, Orchard Street Gallery, New York, NY.
Metal Pig, Gomi Gallery, Austin, TX.
2004 Urban-Act #2, Studio 14, Rome, Italy.
Urban-Act #1, Studio 14, Rome, Italy.
The Interventionists, Massachusetts Museum of
Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA.
1300 Gallery, Cleveland, OH.
1999 Swain’s Gallery, Plainfield, NJ.
NCJW Focus on Art, Van Vleck House and Gardens, Montclair, NJ.
Divine Inspiration, Agora Gallery, SOHO, New York, NY.
Hallelujah, Ceres Gallery, SOHO, New York, NY.
1998 SOHO International Art Competition, Agora Gallery, SOHO,
New York, NY.

Publications
2015 American Art Collector Magazine, April issue, “New
Romantics” Exhibition Preview
2013 Vintage Pop: Retrospective Artist Book, Published by
Caldwell Snyder Gallery

Biography

James Wolanin taps our culture’s collective visual conscious, creating vibrant reflections on American life. Blue skies, effervescent smiles, and carefree adventures characterize the artist’s Utopic vision, which blends nostalgia for mid-century glamour with a contemporary aesthetic. Identifying with Pop artists like Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Alex Katz, Wolanin gives us sparkling, stylized images that read like mixtures of glossy advertising and ecstatic daydreams. In his latest series, “A Summer Song,” a sense of warmth radiates from the canvases, full of sun-soaked beaches, pools, and polished women in retro-style bathing suits that instantly conjure the golden age of American leisure.
 
“I try to bring the viewer back to a time of innocence,” Wolanin has said. His paintings transport us to a universe inspired by photographs, real-world vintage advertisements, and the artist’s own childhood memories, inhabited by figures of the American dream come to life. The paintings wink at our conception of an idealized past even as they recreate a vision of perfection. Beneath their seductive surfaces, they swirl with psychological substance—Wolanin does not simply paint a scene, but constructs what he has called “unfinished emotional narratives for the viewer to complete.” Like the best portraitists, he can suggest entire relationships and personalities through a character’s pose or glance.
 
Wolanin's background as a designer is evident in his dynamic compositions and fizzing color combinations. He forms each painting through an innovative stenciling technique that builds layer upon layer, color upon color, and concludes—fittingly—with a coating of surfboard resin. In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions, his work is found in a number of significant collections, including a recent purchase by the Alex Katz Foundation. Educated at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he lives and works in New Jersey.