JAMES COE

 

With an interest in ornithology, JAMES COE earned a degree in biology from Harvard.  His training in art came later, as a graduate student at the Parson's School of Design. There he studied in a traditional atelier setting, working primarily from the figure and still life, under the guidance of painters Paul Resika, Leland Bell, and John Heliker.

 

Jim began his art career and is best known as the author and illustrator of the acclaimed Golden Field Guide Eastern Birds, first published in 1994, and reissued in 2001 by St. Martin’s Press. When Jim changed his focus from illustration to painting landscapes in plein air, his motifs zeroed-in on the hills and streams, farms, and historic barns of the Hudson Valley region where he lived.

 

Today, Jim’s studio work is essentially a synthesis of the two genres:  his paintings combine his passion for landscape with a finely detailed knowledge of natural history. In his recent canvases, he integrates birds into his landscapes, while striving still to maintain the freshness and vigorous brushwork of a plein air study. The chosen bird is usually one that Jim heard or observed while working on location.  But the bird is not simply pasted into the scene for illustrative or narrative purposes; instead, Jim’s goal is to introduce an element of movement, color, or interest to the landscape.  He hopes to evoke the poetic quality of birdwatching: that magical moment when bird, environment, and atmosphere merge into one memorable image.  Kathy Foley, director of the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI has described Jim's recent canvases as being "ethereal, moody, and sensitive all at once."

 

Jim is a Signature Member of the prestigious Oil Painters of America, as well as the American Impressionist Society and Society of Animal Artists.  As a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Animal Artists Jim currently serves as the Jury Chair and oversees the selection of the SAA's annual exhibition.  For more than 30 years he has been a regular exhibitor in the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s prestigious "Birds in Art" annual and in 2011 was recognized as the Museum's 32nd Master Wildlife Artist. 

 

Represented in the permanent collections of the New York State Museum, Massachusetts Audubon Society, the Hiram Blauvelt and Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museums, and the Bennington Center for the Arts, Jim was the subject of a feature article in the Fall 2011 issue of Plein Air magazine.  His work has been featured also in Wildlife Art, American Art Collector, and in the  online publication Wildlife Art Journal. His paintings have appeared on the covers of Sanctuary, Bird Watcher's Digest, Birding World, and The Auk, professional journal of the American Ornithologist’s Union.  

 

Jim lives with his wife and two children on the western rim of the Hudson River Valley, not far from Albany, NY. He maintains a home studio in their restored farmhouse and enjoys the quiet and beauty of the surrounding woodlands and gardens.

 

 

Awards

 

2014 Honorable Mention, Animals, Oil Painters of America

2012 Alden Bryan Medal for first place, Bryan Memorial Gallery
2011  Master Wildlife Artist, Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

2011  Award of Excellence,  Societ of Animal Artists

2010  Western Art Collector, Editor's Choice Award, Sociey of Animal Artists

2009  1st Place, Laumeister Fine Art Competition, Bennington Ctr. for the Arts
2009  Honorable Mention, Laumeister Fine Art Competition
2009  Medal of Excellence, Artists for Conservation
2009  Honorable Mention, Quick Draw, Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD
2008  Award of Excellence, Society of Animal Artists
2006  Purchase Award, SAA, Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum
2006  Finalist, Art Prize Challenge, #31, Landscapes, International Artist Magazine
2004  Purchase Award, Focus on Nature, VIII,  NY State Museum

Memberships


Signature Member, Society of Animal Artists
           (Serving on Board of Directors since 2009)

Signature Member, Oil Painters of America

Signature Member, American Impressionist Society

Collections


Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
First Reserve National Bank, Greenwich, CT
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, MA
New York State Museum, Albany, NY
Selsor Gallery, Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, Chanute, KS
Woodin & Company Store Fixtures, South Portland, ME

Selected Bibliography

 

“Friends Travel to Paint the Desert”,  PleinAir Magazine, March, 2014, pp 69-73.

“Avian Landscapes,” American Art Collector, November 2012, p 167.

“Finding Sanctuary,” American Art Collector, May 2012, pp 112-113.

Stephen C. Quinn, “Birds en Plein Air,” Birds in Art 2011, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, 2011, pp 6-21. 

Wilkinson, Todd, “James Coe Is 2011 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum Master Artist”, Wildlife Art Journal, Sept. 2011.

Doherty, Steve, “Wildlife in the Landscape,” PleinAir Magazine, Fall 2011, pp 57-61.

 “James Coe: A Painter’s Poetry,” Western Art Collector, January 2011, pp 108-1211.

Stapleton, Patience, Island Light: Monhegan Island, Blue Tree LLC, Portsmouth, NH, 2007, p 25.

King, Jennifer, “The New Hudson River School”, Plein Air Magazine, April 2005, pp 50-55.

Coe, James, “Plein Air Scout: Catskill State Park, Windham, NY”, Plein Air Magazine, February 2005, p 80.

Busby, John, Drawing Birds, 2nd ed., Christopher Helm, 2004, p 128.    

Kinstler, Peggy, ed.,“Through InformArt’s Looking Glass,” InformArt Magazine, Spring 2004, pp 58-59.

Brown, Joan, “James Coe: Changing Focus,” Wildlife Art, May-June 2003, pp 30-34.

Wells, Allison Childs, “Art of the Question,” Birdscope, 15(2): 14-15, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, 2001.

Singer, Alan, Wildlife Art, Rockport Publishers, Inc., 1999, p 44.

Hammond, Nicholas, Modern Wildlife Painting, Yale University Press, 1998, pp 153-154.

 

Selected Solo & Two Person Exhibitions 2005-2014

 

Albert Shaninian Fine Art:  The Luminous Landscape, 2014 (opening September).

Gregory James Gallery, New Milford, CT: James Coe, Recent Work, 2012.

Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA:  Finding Sanctuary, 2012

Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY: A Painter’s Poetry: James Coe, Solo,  2010

Gregory James Gallery, New Milford, CT:  James Coe & Ralph Della-Volpe, 2010.

Mark Gruber Gallery, New Paltz, NY:  Plein Air Painters, James Cramer & James Coe, 2007.

Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY:  A Quiet Place, 2005.


Selected Group Exhibitions 2005-2014

 

American Museum of Bird Art at Mass Audubon, Canton, MA: Painting Birds to Save Them, The Critical Role of Bird art in the Conservation Movement, 2014.

Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis, MN:  Audubon and the Art of Birds, 2013-2105.

Clement Art Gallery,  Troy, NY:  Nature as Muse, 2014.

Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennnington, VT:  National Juried Exhibition of the Oil Painters of America, 2014.

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI: Birds in Art, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 2003, 2005 – 2009, 2011-2014.

Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT: Art of the Animal Kingdom, 1998, 2002 – 2011, 2013-2014.

Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT:  Impressions of New England, 2003-2014.

Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT:  Small Works, 2004-2012, 2014.

Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, MA:  New Legacy, 2011-2014.

McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD:   Oil Painters of American, Eastern Regional, 2013.

Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennnington, VT: 53rd Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, 2013.

Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT: The Laumeister Fine Art Competition, 2009-2013.

M Gallery, Charleston, SC:  American Impressionist Society’s 14th Annual Juried Exhibition, 2013.

Art Essex, Essex, CT:  Three Painters, 2013

Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT:  All Paintings Great and Small, 2012.

Eckert & Ross Fine Art, Indianapolis, IN:  American Impressionist Society 13th Annual National Juried Exhibition, 2012.

Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, CT: Oil Painters of America, 2012 Eastern Regional.

Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, Evergreen, CO:  National Juried Exhibition of the Oil Painters of America, 2012.

Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ:  52nd Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, 2012.

McBride Gallery,  Annapolis, MD:   Artists’ Favorite Places, 2012

Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, Evergreen, CO: National Juried Exhibition of the Oil Painters of America, 2012.

Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY:  Barns & Bridges, 2012

Addison Gallery, Orleans, MA:  Award-Winning Artists, Three Distinct Views, 2011.

Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, MA:  New Legacy, 2011-2012.

Bryan Memorial Art Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT:  Land and Light, 2010-12

Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, MI: 51st Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, 2011.

Mountainsong Galleries, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA:  American Impressionist Society’s 12th Annual Juried Exhibition, 2011.

McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD:  Each One Invites One, 2011.

Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, NH:  Trees, 2011.

Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Art of Conservation, 2011.

Addison Gallery, Orleans, MA:  Creative Convergence, Provincetown, 2011.

Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA:  Creative Convergence, Cape Cod, 2011.

Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ:  National Juried Exhibition of the Oil Painters of America, 2010.

Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY: Continuing Views, 2010.

San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, CA: 50th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, 2010.

The Banks Gallery, at Castle in the Clouds, Moultonborough, NH: Lake Effect, Landscapes of the New Hampshire Lake Region, 2009-2010.

Gregory James Gallery, New Milford, CT:  Waterways, 2010.

New York State Museum, Albany, NY: Breeding Bird Atlas, 20 Years of Changing Bird Distribution, 2009.

Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM: National Juried Exhibition of the Oil Painters of America, 2009.

Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD: Easton Plein Air Festival, 2008-09.

Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ: Artists for Conservation, 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition, 2009.

Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, Salina, KS:  49th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, 2009.

Windham Fine Arts, A River Runs Through It, 2009.

Windham Fine Arts, Ullr's Reverie, 2009.

Mark Gruber Gallery, Visions of the Valley, 2009.

Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI: 48th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, 2008.

Windham Fine Arts, The Art of Nature, 2008.

Richland Fine Art Gallery, Nashville, TN: Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional, 2008.

Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY: Paint the Mountain Top, 2005-2008.

The Banks Gallery, Portsmouth, NH: Island Light, Paintings of the Isles of Shoals, 2008.

Mark Gruber Gallery, New Paltz, NY: Capturing the Mood, Hudson Valley Landscapes, 2008.

Barnsite Gallery, Kewanee, WI: Barns and Farms, 2008.

New York State Museum, Albany, NY:  Focus on Nature, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY:  Curator’s Choice , 2007-2008.

Gregory James Gallery, New Milford & Kent, CT:  Small Treasures and More, 2006-2008.

The Banks Gallery, Portsmouth, NH:  Island Light, Monhegan Island, 2007.

The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO:  47th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, 2007.

Whistle Pik Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX:  Oil Painters of America, 16th National Juried Exhibition, 2007

Gregory James Gallery, Kent, CT:  Winter Show, 2007.

Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT:  46th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, 2006.

Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY:  A Season of Snow, 2006.

Brazier Fine Art, Richmond, VA:  Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional, 2006.

Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT:  All Paintings Great and Small, 2005-2006.

Smithy-Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY:  Upstate Landscape, 2006.

Nevada State Museum, Carson City, NV:  45th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, 2005.

Hilligoss Galleries, Chicago, IL:  Oil Painters of America, National Exhibition, 2005.

Objects and Images, Bronxville, NY:  Painting in the Moment, 2004 - 2006.

Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY: Flowing to the Hudson, 2005.