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 James Kramer  (1927 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/Ohio      Known for: architectural landscape-streets

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Mission San Jose (Facade)
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
James Kramer was both an artist and architect until 1970 when he retired from being an architect to devote full time to his painting. Early in his career, Kramer was attracted to watercolor because he found an inner light there that could not be achieved with opaque media. He often carries one of his many watercolor boxes to record landscapes and street scenes, atmosphere and prevailing color. The sketches are references that recall the feeling of place when he works in larger format in his studio.

Kramer finds a celebration of life in France that fills his sketchbooks: outdoor markets with vegetables and flowers, hillsides with vineyards and small farms, moss-covered fountains and sidewalk cafes. Rural France has not changed much in the hundred years since the Impressionists painted the landscapes and vignettes of ordinary life. He delights in the same visual surroundings and the innate feeling of respect for the past.

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Claggett/Rey Gallery
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Trained as an architect and artist, he depicted architectural subjects in watercolor from sketches made in the field. He did numerous watercolor paintings of Texas 18th-century missions including The Alamo and Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Most of his paintings were completed in the studio from field sketches and color slides.

Biography from Whistle Pik Galleries:
James Kramer's paintings reflects a sense of place and time; whether it be an ancient hill town in Provence, a cathedral in Italy, or a rural chapel in northern New Mexico. "I work where I have a feeling of comfort and belonging," the artist explains. "For each image, the subject was there and I had no choice."

James Kramer was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1927 and studied at the Cleveland School of Art and Ohio State University. After entering the architectural profession he continued to exhibit his paintings in Ohio and in California after moving to Carmel in 1957.

He retired from architecture in 1970, devoting full time to his painting. James and his wife Barbara moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1976 and recently returned to California where they now make their home.

Early in his career, Kramer was attracted to watercolor because he found an inner light there that could not be achieved with opaque media. He often carries one of his many watercolor boxes to record landscapes and street scenes, atmosphere and prevailing color. The sketches are references that recall the feeling of place when he works in large format in his studio.

Awards, exhibitions and other highlights include, Frederick Remington Award for Artistic Merit; Cowboy Hall of Fame Gold Medals and Silver Medals for watercolor. Collections include the University of Nevada, the Museum of Western Art Monterey Peninsula's Museum of Art and Georgetown Historical Society.

James was designated an AOA (Artist of America) Master in 1992 and exhibited at the prestigious Prix de West Exhibition from 1996-2000.

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