James Fitzgerald "Dark Sea" - C.1958
Egg Tempera on Panel22"x 48.5” Framed
James Fitzgerald along with his wife, Margaret Tomkins were among the most innovative modern artists active in the Pacific Northwest. He attended the University of Washington, the Kansas City Art Institute, Art Center School in Los Angeles, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and Yale University as a Carnegie Fellow. He was an instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Washington and was Director of the Spokane Art Center in 1941. He produced works for various WPA art programs in Colorado, Washington state and California. He traveled to Mexico where he studied mural painting under Jose Clemente Orozco.
Fitzgerald married accomplished painter, Margaret Tomkins, in 1940, and the two shared a studio in Seattle, later on Lopez Island. A devastating fire destroyed their home studio in 1959, after which FitzGerlad worked primarily in sculpture for the rest of his career. Fitzgerald created several bronze fountain sculptures in Washington, including his famed “Fountain of the Northwest” for the 1962 World’s Fair, now the Seattle Center.
Fitzgerald’s exhibition history includes several solo exhibitions including the Seattle Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Art Museum. Selected Group exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago where he exhibited in the important Abstract & Surrealist Art in America, 1947, Denver Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, San Francisco Art Museum, the Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and many others. His Sculptural commissions include the Lake Washington Floating Bridge relief sculptures, Seattle, WA, 1939; The IBM Building, Seattle,1962 (Minoru Yamasaki, architect), United States Federal Building, Ogden, Utah, Princeton University; the Seattle Public Library and numerous others.
His work is in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, The Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Northwest Art, LaConnor, WA, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, the University of Maryland Art Gallery, and several others.
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