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James Stewart

Recent Work: Influenced By Ilya Kaminsky's "Deaf Republic"

September 1 - October 23, 2021

Selected Works Thumbnails
A Helicopter Eyeballs My Wife  14" x 13"  Oil On Canvas

A Helicopter Eyeballs My Wife

14" x 13"

Oil On Canvas

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Anushka  17" x 15"  Oil On Canvas

Anushka

17" x 15"

Oil On Canvas

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Boy, Sergeant, And Puppet  16" x 17"  Terracotta

Boy, Sergeant And Puppet

16" x 17"

Terracotta

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But With Whom Can You Sit In Water  41" x 46"  Oil On Canvas

But With Whom Can You Sit In Water (SOLD)

41" x 46"

Oil On Canvas

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Denigrating A Father  18" x 28"  Terracotta

Denigrating A Father

18" x 28"

Terracotta

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Embrace-After Felixmuller  53" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

Embrace-After Felixmuller

53" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

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Family Refuge  58" x 58"  Oil On Canvas

Family Refuge

58" x 58"

Oil On Canvas

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From Behind Curtains  13" x 9"  Oil On Canvas

From Behind Curtains

13" x 9"

Oil On Canvas

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Hanging  22" x 14"  Terracotta

Hanging

22" x 14"

Terracotta

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In A Time Of Peace  40" x 56"  Oil On Canvas

In A Time Of Peace

40" x 56"

Oil On Canvas

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Large Overtune  48" x 70"  Oil On Canvas

Large Overture

48" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

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Large Overture II  53" x 76"  Oil On Canvas

Large Overture II

53" x 76"

Oil On Canvas

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Lord, Such Fire From A Match You Never Lit  8" x 8.5"  Oil On Board

Lord, Such Fire From A Match You Never Lit

8" x 8.5"

Oil On Board

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Mocking Boy  15" x 15" x 13"  Wax And Wood

Mocking Boy

15" x 15" x 13"

Wax And Wood

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Mourning The Murder Of Sonja  16" x 25" x 16"  Wax And Wood

Mourning The Murder Of Sonja

16" x 25" x 16"

Wax And Wood

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Murder  12" x 15"  Oil On Canvas

Murder (SOLD)

12" x 15"

Oil On Canvas

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Murder, After Giovanni Bellini  40" x 70"  Oil On Canvas

Murder, After Giovanni Bellini

40" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

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Of Weddings Before The War  47" x 62"  Oil On Canvas

Of Weddings Before The War

47" x 62"

Oil On Canvas

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Overcoat Over Pajamas  43" x 23"  Oil On Canvas

Overcoat Over Pajamas

43" x 23"

Oil On Canvas

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Overture  30" x 22"  Oil On Canvas

Overture

30" x 22"

Oil On Canvas

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Overture Study #1  30" x 22"  Pastel

Overture, Study #1

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

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Overture Study #2  30" x 22"  Pastel

Overture, Study #2

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

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Overture Study #3  30" x 22"  Pastel

Overture, Study #3

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

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Overture Study #4  14" x 22"  Pencil On Paper

Overture, Study #4

14" x 22"

Pencil On Paper

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Overture Study #5  14" x 22"  Pencil On Paper

Overture, Study #5

14" x 22"

Pencil On Paper

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People Live Here  5" x 8"   Oil On Canvas

People Live Here

5" x 8" 

Oil On Canvas

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Red Chair  22" x 14"  Oil On Canvas

Red Chair

22" x 14"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal  21" x 35"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal

21" x 35"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal II  24" x 33"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal II

24" x 33"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal III  24" x 34"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal III

24" x 34"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal III Study #1  18" x 24"  Pastel

Rehearsal III, Study #1

18" x 24"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal III Study #2  18" x 24"  Pastel

Rehearsal III, Study #2

18" x 24"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal VI  55" x 44"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal IV

55" x 44"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal V  34" x 32"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal V

34" x 32"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal V Study #1  20" x 20"  Pencil On Paper

Rehearsal V, Study #1

20" x 20"

Pencil On Paper

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Rehearsal VI  16" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal VI

16" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal VI Study #1  12" x 8"  Pastel

Rehearsal VI, Study #1

12" x 8"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal VI Study #2  12" x 8"  Pastel

Rehearsal VI, Study #2

12" x 8"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal VI Study #3  12" x 8"  Pastel

Rehearsal VI, Study #3

12" x 8"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal VII  16" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal VII

16" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal VII Study #1  16" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal VII, Study #1

16" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

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She Flies Over The Country  32" x 54"  Oil On Canvas

She Flies Over The Country (SOLD)

32" x 54"

Oil On Canvas

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Sitting In The Audience  18" x 69"  Oil On Canvas

Sitting In The Audience (SOLD)

18" x 69"

Oil On Canvas

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Something Of The Sky In Us  58" x 28"  Oil On Canvas

Something Of The Sky In Us (SOLD)

58" x 28"

Oil On Canvas

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Something Of The Sky In Us  58" x 28"  Oil On Canvas

Something Of The Sky In Us, Study #1 (SOLD)

20" x 12"

Charcoal On Paper

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Something Of The Sky In Us Study #2  24" x 16"  Ink

Something Of The Sky In Us, Study #2

24" x 16"

Ink On Paper

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Tap Tap  49" x 16" x 5"  Wood

Tap Tap

49" x 16" x 5"

Wood

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They Shot 50 Women  18" x 16"  Terracotta

They Shot 50 Women

18" x 16"

Terracotta

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The Children Are Watching  35" x 22"  Ink And Pastel On Paper

The Children Are Watching

35" x 22"

Ink And Pastel On Paper

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The Children Watch Us Watch  47" x 42"  Oil On Canvas

The Children Watch Us Watch

47" x 42"

Oil On Canvas

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The Sound We Do Not Hear Lifts The Gulls Off The Water  35" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

The Sound We Do Not Hear Lifts The Gulls Off The Water

35" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

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We Lived Happily During The War  46" x 56"  Oil On Canvas

We Lived Happily During The War (SOLD)

46" x 56"

Oil On Canvas

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Until You Speak, Until You Speak Right  18" x 21" x 20"  Wood And Plaster

Until You Speak, Until You Speak Right

18" x 21" x 20"

Wood And Plaster

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Wife's Dress  31" x 14"  Oil On Canvas

Wife's Dress

31" x 14"

Oil On Canvas

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A Helicopter Eyeballs My Wife  14" x 13"  Oil On Canvas

A Helicopter Eyeballs My Wife

14" x 13"

Oil On Canvas

Anushka  17" x 15"  Oil On Canvas

Anushka

17" x 15"

Oil On Canvas

Boy, Sergeant, And Puppet  16" x 17"  Terracotta

Boy, Sergeant And Puppet

16" x 17"

Terracotta

But With Whom Can You Sit In Water  41" x 46"  Oil On Canvas

But With Whom Can You Sit In Water (SOLD)

41" x 46"

Oil On Canvas

Denigrating A Father  18" x 28"  Terracotta

Denigrating A Father

18" x 28"

Terracotta

Embrace-After Felixmuller  53" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

Embrace-After Felixmuller

53" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

Family Refuge  58" x 58"  Oil On Canvas

Family Refuge

58" x 58"

Oil On Canvas

From Behind Curtains  13" x 9"  Oil On Canvas

From Behind Curtains

13" x 9"

Oil On Canvas

Hanging  22" x 14"  Terracotta

Hanging

22" x 14"

Terracotta

In A Time Of Peace  40" x 56"  Oil On Canvas

In A Time Of Peace

40" x 56"

Oil On Canvas

Large Overtune  48" x 70"  Oil On Canvas

Large Overture

48" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

Large Overture II  53" x 76"  Oil On Canvas

Large Overture II

53" x 76"

Oil On Canvas

Lord, Such Fire From A Match You Never Lit  8" x 8.5"  Oil On Board

Lord, Such Fire From A Match You Never Lit

8" x 8.5"

Oil On Board

Mocking Boy  15" x 15" x 13"  Wax And Wood

Mocking Boy

15" x 15" x 13"

Wax And Wood

Mourning The Murder Of Sonja  16" x 25" x 16"  Wax And Wood

Mourning The Murder Of Sonja

16" x 25" x 16"

Wax And Wood

Murder  12" x 15"  Oil On Canvas

Murder (SOLD)

12" x 15"

Oil On Canvas

Murder, After Giovanni Bellini  40" x 70"  Oil On Canvas

Murder, After Giovanni Bellini

40" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

Of Weddings Before The War  47" x 62"  Oil On Canvas

Of Weddings Before The War

47" x 62"

Oil On Canvas

Overcoat Over Pajamas  43" x 23"  Oil On Canvas

Overcoat Over Pajamas

43" x 23"

Oil On Canvas

Overture  30" x 22"  Oil On Canvas

Overture

30" x 22"

Oil On Canvas

Overture Study #1  30" x 22"  Pastel

Overture, Study #1

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

Overture Study #2  30" x 22"  Pastel

Overture, Study #2

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

Overture Study #3  30" x 22"  Pastel

Overture, Study #3

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

Overture Study #4  14" x 22"  Pencil On Paper

Overture, Study #4

14" x 22"

Pencil On Paper

Overture Study #5  14" x 22"  Pencil On Paper

Overture, Study #5

14" x 22"

Pencil On Paper

People Live Here  5" x 8"   Oil On Canvas

People Live Here

5" x 8" 

Oil On Canvas

Red Chair  22" x 14"  Oil On Canvas

Red Chair

22" x 14"

Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal  21" x 35"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal

21" x 35"

Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal II  24" x 33"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal II

24" x 33"

Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal III  24" x 34"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal III

24" x 34"

Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal III Study #1  18" x 24"  Pastel

Rehearsal III, Study #1

18" x 24"

Pastel On Paper

Rehearsal III Study #2  18" x 24"  Pastel

Rehearsal III, Study #2

18" x 24"

Pastel On Paper

Rehearsal VI  55" x 44"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal IV

55" x 44"

Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal V  34" x 32"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal V

34" x 32"

Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal V Study #1  20" x 20"  Pencil On Paper

Rehearsal V, Study #1

20" x 20"

Pencil On Paper

Rehearsal VI  16" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal VI

16" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal VI Study #1  12" x 8"  Pastel

Rehearsal VI, Study #1

12" x 8"

Pastel On Paper

Rehearsal VI Study #2  12" x 8"  Pastel

Rehearsal VI, Study #2

12" x 8"

Pastel On Paper

Rehearsal VI Study #3  12" x 8"  Pastel

Rehearsal VI, Study #3

12" x 8"

Pastel On Paper

Rehearsal VII  16" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal VII

16" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal VII Study #1  16" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal VII, Study #1

16" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

She Flies Over The Country  32" x 54"  Oil On Canvas

She Flies Over The Country (SOLD)

32" x 54"

Oil On Canvas

Sitting In The Audience  18" x 69"  Oil On Canvas

Sitting In The Audience (SOLD)

18" x 69"

Oil On Canvas

Something Of The Sky In Us  58" x 28"  Oil On Canvas

Something Of The Sky In Us (SOLD)

58" x 28"

Oil On Canvas

Something Of The Sky In Us  58" x 28"  Oil On Canvas

Something Of The Sky In Us, Study #1 (SOLD)

20" x 12"

Charcoal On Paper

Something Of The Sky In Us Study #2  24" x 16"  Ink

Something Of The Sky In Us, Study #2

24" x 16"

Ink On Paper

Tap Tap  49" x 16" x 5"  Wood

Tap Tap

49" x 16" x 5"

Wood

They Shot 50 Women  18" x 16"  Terracotta

They Shot 50 Women

18" x 16"

Terracotta

The Children Are Watching  35" x 22"  Ink And Pastel On Paper

The Children Are Watching

35" x 22"

Ink And Pastel On Paper

The Children Watch Us Watch  47" x 42"  Oil On Canvas

The Children Watch Us Watch

47" x 42"

Oil On Canvas

The Sound We Do Not Hear Lifts The Gulls Off The Water  35" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

The Sound We Do Not Hear Lifts The Gulls Off The Water

35" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

We Lived Happily During The War  46" x 56"  Oil On Canvas

We Lived Happily During The War (SOLD)

46" x 56"

Oil On Canvas

Until You Speak, Until You Speak Right  18" x 21" x 20"  Wood And Plaster

Until You Speak, Until You Speak Right

18" x 21" x 20"

Wood And Plaster

Wife's Dress  31" x 14"  Oil On Canvas

Wife's Dress

31" x 14"

Oil On Canvas

Gross McCleaf Gallery is pleased to feature an exhibition of paintings, drawings, and sculptures by James Stewart, influenced by poet Ilya Kaminsky’s "Deaf Republic".

Embrace-After Felixmuller, 53" x 36", Oil On Canvas

Embrace-After Felixmuller, 53" x 36", Oil On Canvas

James Stewart is captivated by the human condition in times of major socio-political events. For many years, Stewart painted imagined scenes of cafes and nightlife in Berlin between the World Wars. He considered this to be, “…a turbulent but hopeful time that eventually turned tragic” and painted large groups of people cheerfully unaware of the impending rise of Nazism. 

Recently, a friend introduced the artist to poet Ilya Kaminsky, and Stewart was struck by the similarities between their projects. Kaminsky’s 2019 work, Deaf Republic, follows the personal lives of characters living in a time of political unrest in an occupied country and details the uncomfortable realities of their behavior given the desperate circumstances.

As a result of Stewart and Kaminsky’s fateful encounter, Stewart has reworked and retitled oil paintings to directly reference Deaf Republic and has painted many new scenes that are strongly influenced by Kaminsky’s words, stories, and characters. Indeed, like Kaminsky’s poetry, Stewart’s work now also features detailed and intimate relationships between characters and the difficulties of their surroundings.

But With Whom Can You Sit In Water, 41" x 46", Oil On Canvas

But With Whom Can You Sit In Water, 41" x 46", Oil On Canvas

A range of human emotions and connections can be found in this exhibition. In “Of Weddings Before The War”, a festive group gathers for a celebration to enjoy dancing, refreshments, and music. A ferris wheel can be seen sparkling in the distance. In another painting, “But With Whom Can You Sit In Water”, the world stands still for two lovers in a bathtub. The two figures face each other in a tender embrace, their noses nearly touching. 

Other works display tensions, uncertainty, and death. In a complex painting titled, “Large Overture”, a man glares out of a cafe window toward a laughing child, while a reflection in the window depicts a hanged man and an armed group of soldiers. In the far-left corner of the canvas, the tangled body of a dead child is held by distraught adults. In the background, a shadowy group of men is coordinating in a clandestine effort. Stewart brilliantly depicts a sensitivity and attention to detail that envelopes the viewer within the emotions of the scene. While following this fictional story, one may also find connections that resonate with their own life.

Mocking Boy, 15" x 15" x 13", Wax And Wood

James Stewart has been painting full-time since his graduation from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Since then, he has had solo exhibitions with Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, Gallery 71 in New York City, Hoyt Institute of Fine Art and The List Gallery at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, Washington County Museum of Art in Maryland, Carspecken-Scott Gallery in Delaware, and The Butler Museum of American Art in Ohio. His work has also been included in numerous group shows across the Mid-Atlantic region.

Stewart is the recipient of several prestigious awards beginning with PAFA’s Cresson European Travel Scholarship in 1992. In 2007 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for travel and study in Europe. Stewart was awarded the Ballinglen Fellowship in 2009, which allowed him to travel and paint in Ireland and where he has returned many times. The artist lives and works in Western Pennsylvania and has been represented by Gross McCleaf Gallery since 1994.

This exhibition features a selection of works from a larger body that will travel to the Ross Museum at Ohio Wesleyan University this winter.

Family Refuge, 58" x 58", Oil On Canvas

Family Refuge, 58" x 58", Oil On Canvas