The following information was submitted by Virginia Repasky in September of 2006:
James Shilaimon is an embodiment of the self-taught artist who is
continually searching for ways to express the artistic voice that has
been with him his entire life. This inner voice has lead James to
develop his artistry in several different mediums. Whether painting in
oils or watercolor or sculpting in stone, James is always exploring
ways to convey his stylized expression.
Shilaimon is driven by a
need to be honest with his creative voice and also to be recognized by
his artistic peers for his artistry and his respect for those that came
before him. Shilaimon has spent a considerable amount of his artistic
life pursuing commission work while developing his craft. With each
new series from Shilaimon, touches of the masters he has studied as
well as the influence of Modern Day expressionists like Paul Ecke and
Don Treadway are revealed.
Growing up in Greece, James Shilaimon
understood from an early age the difficulties of assimilating to a new
home and culture. During his formative years his family relocated to
the States. This set the stage for the bodies of art that were to
follow. Language was the first barrier he encountered. Feeling unable
to communicate in school, Shilaimon took up charcoal and began
sketching, first on brown paper bags and then canvases. Drawings
became paintings and his expressions transformed his inner loneliness
into mysterious rooms and solitary light and shadows.
his works, Shilaimon explores the psychological elements of being
alone. With no person present the dialogue becomes between the viewer
and the painting. In his newest suite of interiors, Shilaimon captures
with such intensity the quiet haunts where one loves to find escape.
Yet, throughout this series, hints of the California coastline are
subtly suggested as in “Summertime Holiday”. A lone chair faces
westward as the waves of the Pacific lull back and forth in harmonious
rhythms. In “A City Passtime” a single yellow chair stands formative
in a modern loft. A cool breeze pulls the shade back as the expansive
southern metropolis of Los Angeles envelops the window view. Hues of
the Ocean and shades of sage and taupe that cover the California
hillsides infuse Shilaimon’s palette. Yet throughout his works he
allows us to share in the remarkable exploration of the beauty present
when the busyness of life ceases for a moment of reflection and
1982 Bank Of America Fine Arts Council Award
1980-1984 Student Art Awards, Buena Park High School
1984 College Scholarship for Artistic Achievement
1989 Fullerton Art Guild "Best New Artist"
1989 Fullerton Art Guild "Best Painting"
1989 Fullerton Art Guild "Best Watercolor"
1991 Buena Park City Hall, Group Show - Awarded "Best Painting"
1991 Buena Park City Hall, Group Show - Awarded "Best New Artist"
1991 Cypress College, Group Show - Awarded "Best In Show, Mixed Media"
1991 Cypress Guild Art Show, Group Show - Awarded "Best New Artist"
2003 Orange County Fair, Wine Label Competition, Wild Coyote Vineyard, California
1989 Fullerton College
Selected Group Exhibitions:
1989 Fullerton College
1990 Fullerton College
1994 Private Collectors Show, Salt Lake City, Utah
1997 Private Collectors Show, Pasadena, California
1999 Private Collectors Show, Laguna Beach, California
2003 Auction Show, Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing, Los Angeles, California
2004 Auction Show, Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing, Los Angeles, California
2004 Auctions Show, Chabad Jewish School, Laguna Beach, California
2005 Auction Show, Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing, Los Angeles, California
2006 Auction Show, Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing, Los Angeles, California
Alternative Newspaper – Article “Faces of the Arts”, February, Buena Park, California
Winter Park Anchor Newspaper – August, San Diego, California
Coast Magazine Cover – May issue, Orange County, California
Coast Magazine Cover – Coast Kids, October issue, Orange County, California