James V. Harvey was born in 1929 in Toronto, Canada and pursued his artistic education at the Art Institute of Chicago where he received his B.F.A. in 1951. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Egypt, 1953-54.
Harvey then moved to New York City where he worked as a commercial artist by day (he designed the original Brillo box made famous by Andy Warhol) and an abstract painter by night. Harvey quickly began to exhibit and in a New York Times review (Brian O’Doherty-1961) of a show at Graham Gallery, he was called “…the richest young talent to flex his action-painting muscles for some time”.
Harvey’s life was tragically cut short by cancer and he died in New York City in 1965.
Roko Gallery, New York, 1953
Cairo, Egypt, 1954
Parma Gallery, New York, 1956, 1958
Graham, New York, 1959, 1960, 1961
Galleria del Milione, Milan, Italy, 1962
Graham, New York, 1962, 1964
Whitney Annual 1952
Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Painting Exhibition, 1952
Fulbright Painters, Whitney Museum, 1958
“Critics Choice”, Baltimore Museum of Art, 1958
Selections from the Collection of Richard Brown Baker, Rhode Island Museum of Art, 1959
“Young America”, (four paintings) Whitney Museum, 1960
Corcoran Biennial, 1960
Yale University Art Gallery, 1961
Graham Gallery, New York City c. 1965-66
Time Magazine, May 15, 1964
New York Times, 12/11/1961
Submitted by James Kahllo, Shelbyville, MI