John Wells James, painting.  copyright 2008 James Family

A post-impressionist landscape painter of some renown, John Wells James was born February 22, 1873, in Brooklyn, NY and died on April 3, 1951, in Magagnosc, Alpes Maritimes, France.  Self-taught, painting almost exclusively in oils, he used a technique called "impasto."  This layering of paint allowed his brush strokes to be visible, creating a wonderful texture to his work.  John would often paint sketches of his subjects, then return to his studio in Brooklyn Heights, NY where he would turn them into finished pieces. He was also a skilled frame maker and enjoyed making  fine furniture.

He was a member of the Allied Artists of America, the Brooklyn Society of Art, the Salmagundi Club, the Brooklyn Painters Society, the Rockport Artists Society and the American Federation of Artists.

Painting in Spain, France and New England, he eventually made Solebury his home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

He has exhibited at the prestigious Cocoran Art Gallery, Verin Prise, the National Academy, Carnegie Institute, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and many others.


                                                                                                                                  John Wells James

                                                                                                                     Brooklyn Newspaper, 1950