James Xavier Barbour


Country: America

His talent for art developed at an early age, as well as his passion for human anatomy. His early years were self taught and more instinctual. He studied fine arts in the classical realist atelier tradition while living in Italy,  completed his undergraduate study at The Hartford Art School, and studied at The Art Students League.  He attended and completed his graduate school training for his (MFA) Masters of Fine Arts degree at The New York Academy of Art. He has been fortunate to have studied with many of the world's most respected artists like Steven Assael, Vincent Desiderio, Deane Keller, Martha Mayer Erlebacher, Stephen Brown and many others.  He is endlessly curious, and has spent hundreds of hours studying the works of the old masters, and observing human anatomy from real dissected cadavers in order to better specialize in both artistic and forensic human anatomy.

Themes can range from the chaotic "dark circus" of life around us and exploring the soul of human nature, to the affects of technology and industrial/ mechanical growth as we attempt to adjust and evolve.  The human figure can express these contemplations and is used to better connect with what he feels are the most honest moments of living life.   It is his firm belief that observation is a necessary component of a successful work of art and prefers to work strictly from life, model, and/or imagination.  He is ceaselessly meticulous about every subtle detail of his work from concept to dynamic finish.His art has won numerous awards, grants, and has been featured in various publications, articles, and in films.  They can be found in many private and public collections around the world and on exhibition in various art museums and galleries across the United States and internationally. Recent exhibitions have been in New York, California, Australia, London, and Japan.

He is also founder and director of Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art located in New York City.  A school dedicated to classical art training, with a stronger focus on exploring narrative, and better understanding figurative anatomy.  He conducts regular art workshops and seminars and has taught for over 14 years as an instructor at Academy of Art University and at other academic institutions.

Works collected on MACS

Live and Let Die - 2014 - Olio su tela - cm 30x30



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