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 James Bennett (J.B.) Deneen  (1930 - 2012)



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Lived/Active: Minnesota      Known for: aircraft, classic cars and railroad locomotive painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
This biographical information about James Bennett Deneen (aka Jim Deneen, J.B. Deneen) was submitted by his wife, Virginia (Ginny) Deneen.

Date and place of birth:  October 30, 1930 Minneapolis, MN
Date and place of death:  May 17, 2012  Apple Valley, MN (a suburb of Mpls)

Subjects and styles for which artist is best known: WWI and WWII aircraft, classic cars, and old steam locomotives.  Detailed realistic style.                               

In 1969 Jim and a partner formed a company known as Echelon Printing in Minneapolis. The company marketed prints of Deneen’s original paintings of the subjects listed above. The company is no longer in business; however, it marketed the prints all over the world through 1978.

There were many artists who influenced Deneen’s work. Among them were John Singer Sargent, Peter Helck, Howard Terpning, Frederick Remington, N.C. Wyeth and
Norman Rockwell.

Deneen was largely self-taught.  In the early 50s he took the Famous Artist’s Correspondence Course.  He worked for Louis F. Dow in St Paul, then went to work for Brown & Bigelow until they downsized in 1961.  Deneen then turned to commercial art, working for various studios in the Minneapolis area until Echelon Publishing was formed.

In 1979 Deneen began freelancing, producing art for the West Coast and New York markets.  Some of Deneen’s clients included Lockheed, Fairchild, Northwest Airlines, LTV, TRW, Control Data, Honeywell, Texas Instruments, 3M, Pillsbury, General Mills, CBS, NBC, Warner Bros, Lorimar, TV Guide, Doubleday, Landmark Books, Zebra Books, Balantine Books, Fawcett, Bantam and Field & Stream.

Art organizations in which Deneen was a member include the New York Society of Illustrators and the Portrait Society of America, Inc.  

Special Awards: 2005 Minnesota Aviation Artist’s Award.

Books: Great Railroad Paintings, Edited by Robert Goldsborough, Paperback, 1976, 3 color images; on cover and on pages 34 and 35. A Peacock Press/Bantam Book

Museum works:  In 1967 Fairchild-Hiller commissioned Deneen to paint its STOL
Aircraft, a plane known for its maneuverability, to be hung in the Smithsonian.


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