My work is about capturing sensations and snippets within the confines of memory. Without the aid of photographs, I am interested in capturing fleeting gestures and colors. This approach leads to a world not codified by conventions. Consider for a moment that the air around us is just as visible as water in a glass, or a mountain viewed in the distance is actually a small pyramid sitting on a window sill.

I want to open doors with my artwork to new ways of seeing. Inventing scenes made up of playful shapes and vivid colors, I mimic sensations: the moment before it rains, the sound of a book page turning, the feeling one gets sitting in of a group of friends, or a crowd of silence.  I approach painting our world with curiosity. A world of things that remain placeable, but for each viewer in a different way: A humid sky, a bird in flight, a house on the horizon, a plant on the sill, when turned on an oblique angle appear from another dimension, or could suddenly appear to contain a slight lift, a vibration, a change in gravity, lit, perhaps, from a different sun.


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James Lipovac is an artist based in New York City, with work exhibited internationally in the 2015 Venice Biennale at the ArtVenice 3 exhibition, the NES Foundation in Iceland, the Léhon Abbaye in Brittany, France.

Originally from Iowa, James is currently an artist in residence at the Chashama Workspace program. He was a recent receipt of a FDF grant from the Pratt institute. He had a solo exhibition at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art and recently had work at the Noyes Museum. He has shown extensively in New York City, at the Ethan Cohen Gallery, Loft 594, Scope Art Fair, BRICarts, Pit Gallery, and at the Conde Nast building, among others. 

James received a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art where he studied with Barry Nemett, Raoul Middleman, Mark Karnes, and James Hennessey. He went on to earn his MFA from Indiana University, where he worked with Eve Mansdorf and Barry Gealt. His work is in numerous collections including Vice President Joe Biden, the Sprint Corporation, and the city of Léhon, France. 

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