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James Harvey

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Birth year

Lives in
San Miguel de Allende

Works in
San Miguel de Allende


RISD (Rhode Island School of Design)

Representing galleries
Lyman/Eyer Gallery Provincetown, MA.

sculpture, figurative, exhibition/performance, installation, mixed-media


James Harvey is an American visual artist living and working in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  He received a BA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987.  His work is included in numerous collections around the world.



Artist Statement

I am an American visual artist living and working in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I received a BA in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987. My work can be seen in numerous collections around the world.

Working in multiple layers of transparent organdy, and using ink and brush, I create an illusion of moments of time suspended; ghost-like images that appear to float on air.  Compositions that hover between figurative and abstraction; Limps and faces come into sharp focus while others disappear into the background. A sense of mystery creeps in. 

  Some pieces are connected only at the top, leaving the rest of the fabric to flow freely with the natural breezes in the room while other pieces are displayed in boxes that are open on either end.  I have experimented with many formats including tracing paper, glass, and plexiglass over the past few years, and have instead come up with my own unique method of using fabrics and my own inks to create something totally new that depicts in an exciting way my view of the world.



Please go to my Facebook page to see video on my work, the transparent organdy moves and creates an ethereal quality.










September 11th installlation project  10th Anniversay

My own nightmares of September 11th have resulted in these images of the Twin Towers, airplanes,  helpless falling victums, faces peering through slits of  windows silently watching,  an American flag empty of color over which floats sheer fabric written with the names of those who perished in the disaster.  Using needle, thread and paint  I construct my images, combining two dimensional painting with sculpting the canvas or organdy into a free standing 3D sculpture.

The installation results in a powerful emotional statement when one walks into the room, the two ghostly shapes that descend from  the ceiling with their trailing tendrils brushing ashes on the floor sets the tone with its almost other-worldly recalling of the ghosts of the tragedy.  The walls are graced with eerily transparent airplanes drawn on organdy  sewn on overlapping stretchers that are covered with bare canvas, giving an unearthly yet mesmerizing effect. The second room's central piece cascades from the ceiling in an undulating cylinder of transparent organdy filled with blackened falling figures made of canvas. The walls depict watching figures peeking through windows, a man crushed by debris, and finally an American flag painted with heavily textured black paint  dripping no color, floating over the flag are all the names of the victums written on transparent organdy revealing the stars and stripes underneath. The amount of names packs a gut wrenching wallop when one sees the amount of fabric on the floor.

Hopefully my nightmares will decrease by executing this work and I can move on to my next project, but I know it will always be with me and be with us.






1987 B.A. Painting, Rhode Island School of Design

2012 "Spring Show" Lyman-Eyer Gallery
Provincetown, MA

2011 “September 11  10th Memorial Installation”
Fabrica la Aurora
San Miguel de Allende,  Mexico

2011 “New Modes of Seeing” Exhibition,
Experiments in Transparencies
San Miguel de Allende,  Mexico

2010 “Malintzin Society “The Other”
Invitational Show
Santa Barbara, CA.

2009 “Solo Show” 
Galeria Juarez
Mineral del Pozos,  Mexico

2008 "Sin Compromiso" Two Person Show
Galeria de Casa del Diezmo
Celaya,  Mexico 

2007 "Through the Looking Glass" Two Person Show”
Wheeler Gallery
Providence, RI

2006 “Two Person Show”
Narrows Gallery
Fall River, MA

1996 “Art of the Northeast Exhibition”
Silvermine Guild
New Cannan, CT

1994 “Art of the Northeast Exhibition”
Silvermine Guild
New Cannan, CT

1987 Virgina Lynch Gallery
Tiverton, RI

1987 Wood Gerry Gallery
Rhode Island School of Design
Senior Invitational

Recent Exhibits

James Harvey participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2014 "New Works" James Harvey
Fabrica la Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Exhibited at these venues
James Harvey has Exhibited at these venues:

Fabrica la Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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