James McCray was born in Niles, CA on Oct. 1, 1912. McCray received a scholarship for further study in Pennsylvania at the Barnes Foundation after graduating from UC Berkeley (M.A.).
At UC he was greatly influenced by his teachers Worth Ryder and John Haley. His teaching experience included UC Berkeley (1935-40, 1947-80), California School of Fine Arts (San Francisco) (1940-46), San Francisco Museum of (modern) Art (1941-43), and Santa Barbara College (1951).
He acted as juror for many northern California shows before his death in Walnut Creek, CA on Jan. 12, 1993. An abstract painter, his early works were geometric and later evolved into lyrical abstraction.
Exh: Oakland Art Gallery, 1934; Golden Gate Internat
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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