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Artist James Fiorentino of Hunterdon County, NJ, has won national acclaim for his ability to create uncanny likenesses of people. The youngest artist ever inducted into the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators, James uses his self-taught watercolor expression to paint some of the most recognized faces in the world, from sports icons and presidents to Nobel Prize winners and CEOs. His award-winning art is showcased in museums, galleries, and private collections across the globe, and his story has been told on national television and in the pages of magazines and newspapers.

Now, James’s trademark detail and realism in watercolor can be seen in his wildlife paintings. The Society of Animal Artists exhibited three of his paintings in the prestigious and highly competitive Art and the Animal show, which was held at the San Diego Natural History Museum in 2011 and at the Bennington Museum in Vermont in 2014. In 2017 his original “Brown Bear Fishing” was exhibited at The Nature and Art Museum in Gloucester , England. His “Black Vulture” was published in the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition, Illustrators 51, and one of his paintings was jury selected for the highly regarded 2014 America's Parks exhibit. James’s art was also chosen for the Artists for Conservation annual international show, and he has a traveling exhibition, “Rare Wildlife Revealed,” in partnership with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation.

In a review, famed author and curator David J. Wagner compared James’s breadth of artwork and talent to that of celebrated American artist LeRoy Neiman, whose subject matter ran the gamut of sports icons, celebrities, wildlife and more.  

“Though their painting styles differ, Fiorentino is adept, like Neiman was, at drawing, which is of course the most fundamental skill required to succeed as a figurative artist. Very few wildlife artists that I know of can handle the human figure in convincing fashion. Fiorentino has distinguished himself as a wildlife artist with skill and versatility that positions him above the rest in this regard.” 

In keeping with his expanding body of work, James is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and Artists for Conservation in addition to the American and New Jersey Watercolor Societies and the Salmagundi Club. He also serves as a trustee for The Raptor Trust and D & R Greenway Land Trust, both in New Jersey.



 
Support for Conservation:
The Raptor Trust of New Jersey
New Jersey Meadowlands Commission
Somerset County, NJ Parks Commission
Raritan NJ Watershed
Conserve Wildlife of New Jersey
 
Special Achievements:
  • 2016 - New Jersey watercolor Best in Show 2016
    http://njwcs.org
    "A world From Above" Peregrine Falcon soaring over GW bridge won Best in Show 2016.
     
  • 2016 - 7th Annual Nature and Wildlife Exhibition-St Augustine Art Association
    Won Artistic Merritt Award with "Buck in Snow" , one of eleven piece awarded (100 total paintings in show)
     
  • 2016 - Artist for Conservation Annual Exhibit
    "Eastern box turtle" selected for show and live tour
     
  • 2014 - International America’s Parks II – Monument Valley
    James’s painting of a Navajo Indian on horseback overlooking Monument Valley National park has been selected for display in AMERICA’S PARKS II, an international competition and exhibition, the purpose of which is to recognize and promote excellence in original art depicting parks in North America.

    Works included in the AMERICA’S PARKS II exhibition were selected from a competition open to all artists, the purpose of which is to recognize and promote excellence in original artworks depicting any park (national, state, provincial, county, city, or private) in Canada, Mexico and The United States, with an emphasis on parks in the Southwestern U.S. & Northwestern Mexico.AMERICA’S PARKS II will premiere in Bolivar, Missouri from March 16 – April 13, 2014 at the Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art; it will then be displayed at The Wildlife Experience in Parker (Denver), Colorado, from May 24 – Aug. 10, 2014; and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ from September 13 – October 26, 2014.
    March 16 – April 13, 2014
    Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art
    Bolivar, MO

    May 24 – August 10, 2014
    The Wildlife Experience
    Parker (Denver), CO

    September 13 – October 26, 2014
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    Tucson, AZ

     
  • 2013 - Art and The Animal -Society of Animal Artists
    "Portrait of a Buck in Snow" was selected to the Art and the Animal show and debut at the Bennington in Vermont.
     
  • 2010 - Art and The Animal -Society of Animal Artists
    "Oak Tree With Buck" was selected to be part of the Art and Animal show that debut at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
     
  • 2009 - New York Society Of Illustrators-Illustrators 50
    http://societyillustrators.org
    Selected "Black Vulture" (Juried exhibition) to be on display at the Museum of Illustration and featured in the book Illustrators 50.
     
Publications:
  • Illustrators 50 (2009)
    More about Illustrators 50
    Selected artwork "Black Vulture" - ILLUSTRATORS ANNUAL BOOKS
    These catalogs are based on our annual juried exhibitions, now divided into five major categories in American Illustration: Editorial, Book, Advertising/Institutional, Sequential and Uncommissioned.
     
Organization Membership:
  • 2014 - American Watercolor Society
    http://americanwatercolorsociety.org
    The American Watercolor Society is a nonprofit membership organization that began in 1866 to promote the art of watercolor painting in America.Each year the Society holds a juried exhibition of watercolors from artists throughout the world.



     
  • 2014 - New Jersey Watercolor Society-Elected Member
    http://www.njwcs.org
    In early 1938, it was Mary S. Lawrence who first sent out letters to artists whom she hoped might be interested in organizing a society of watercolor artists. The first organizational meeting was held at the Montclair Museum on April 5, 1938. The group was formed by professional artists who hoped to change things because they felt that watercolor did not get the attention it deserved and there were no exhibitions held exclusively for watercolor painting in New Jersey at that time.

    A Member Show was arranged for the fall of 1938 and the First Annual Open Exhibition was held at the Centre of The Arts in East Orange in February, 1939. World War II soon intervened and the actively growing group went into hibernation for the duration. The 50th Anniversary of New Jersey Water Color Society was celebrated in 1988 with a traveling show held at the site of its first organizational meeting, the Montclair Museum, as well s the Monmouth Museum and the Noyes Museum. This year the Society commemorates its 60th Anniversary with the publishing of Portraits/2 which features brief biographies and examples of the art of each elected member.

    NJWCS is one of the few remaining art organizations to jury and judge show entries from the original work. The society holds an annual Dinner Meeting each spring for all members and associates and provides workshops and demos which are open to the public during the year.

     
  • 2009 - Society Of Animal Artists
    http://www.societyofanimalartists.com
    The Society of Animal Artists is an association of animal and wildlife painters and sculptors. Founded in 1960, the Society is devoted to promoting excellence in the portrayal of the creatures sharing our planet, and to the education of the public through its informative art seminars, lectures and teaching demonstrations. Some of the finest animal artists from the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Japan, and Australia are represented in the Society's membership.

    Over the past 40 years the work created by these artists has established new standards of artistic excellence and respect, helping animal and wildlife art to achieve a place of honor in the field of fine art. The Society of Animal Artists is recognized as a 501(c)3 charitable organization by the I.R.S. and all contributions to the Society are tax-deductible.


     
  • 2009 - Artists For Conservation
    http://natureartists.com

     
  • 1998 - New York Society Of Illustrators
    http://www.societyillustrators.org
    The mission of the Society is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration, as well as its history and evolving nature, and to encourage high ideals through exhibitions, lectures, education, and by fostering a sense of community and open discussion.

    On February 1, 1901, a group of nine artists and one advising businessman founded the Society with this credo: "The object of the Society shall be to promote generally the art of illustration and to hold exhibitions from time to time." The first monthly dinners were attended by such prominent illustrators as Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, Charles Dana Gibson, Frederic Remington, James Montgomery Flagg, Howard Chandler Christy and special guests like Mark Twain and Gloria Swanson.
     
  • The Raptor Trust of New Jersey
    http://www.raptortrust.org
    Trustee
     

 

 
 
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