James Biglan




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Master of Fine Arts, Cornell University, 1990

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Delaware, 1988    

Artist residencies  

Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy June/July 2016

TICA, School of Art Institute of Chicago, July 2012

Selected Professional Gallery Experience

Turning Red, Juried Exhibit,Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA, June-July 2017

Resist, Juried Exhibit, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, June-Aug 2017

The Woodmere Art Museum Annual Juried Exhibit, Juried Exhibit, Philadelphia, PA, June-Aug 2016

Change the World, Juried exhibit, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, June-July 2016

Summertime, Juried exhibit, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, June-July 2015

The Woodmere Art Museum Annual Juried Exhibit, Juried Exhibit, Philadelphia, PA, June-Sept 2015

Off the Grid, Juried exhibit, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Dec 2014

Feast your eyes, Juried exhibit, Annmarie Sculpture garden and Arts Center, Dowell, MD, Oct-Jan 2015

But is it art?, Juried exhibit, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, May-August 2014

Sin City Gallery, Juried Exhibit Le Salon de Refuses du Peches, Las Vegas, NV, April –May 2014

Abington Art Center, Annual Juried Art Show, Jenkintown, PA Dec/Jan 2013

Coupling Juried exhibit, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA Nov/Dec 2013

Childhood Memories, Juried Exhibition, Mills Pond House Gallery, LI, NY, Oct/Nov 2013

Autumn Invitational, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Oct/ Nov 2013

Inspiration, Juried exhibit, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, December 2012

215/610, Juried Sculpture Exhibition, The Gallery at DCCC, Media, PA, September 2012

Works on Paper, Juried Exhibition, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ, Oct-Dec 2011

Black and White Drawing Exhibition, Juried Exhibition, Impact Gallery, Buffalo, NY, October 2005

Mask, Another Skin, Juried Exhibition, Artempresa Gallery, Cordoba, Argentina, November 2004

Figure and Context, Juried Exhibition, Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA August 2004

Too Funny for Words, Juried Exhibition, Artforms Gallery, Philadelphia, PA February 2004

Manifestation 3:Form and Function, Juried Exhibition, Denise Bibro, New York, NY, December 2003

Peligro Gallery Representation, New Orleans LA, October 1995 to December 2002

Louisiana Open, Contemporary Arts Center, “Open Juried Exhibition” New Orleans, LA, March 1999

Works on Paper, Sylvia Schmidt Gallery New Orleans, LA, June 1996

Paul Edelstein Gallery Representation, Memphis TN, 1995 to 1996

Underexposed, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, February 1994

New Talent, Bienville Gallery, New Orleans, LA, June 1992 


Artist Statement. At a quick glance my artwork may seem silly, perverse or intense but after careful study joy, tenderness and humor is also revealed. This duality and contradiction interests me in art and life. I express these themes through the use of figurative expressionism and intimate symbols. Visually my artwork has a raw style that suits both the content of the work and my personality. I enjoy working quickly and directly because it helps release imagery in a simple, honest manner. My process often starts off very conceptual. I will write and sketch out a variety of ideas. I also like to explore many different materials and techniques within single works of art. I want my artwork to have both a strong narrative element combined with a visceral use of materials, mark making and surface quality.

    Though I try to avoid a tedious process this does not mean I want to present simple pictures. I hope the viewer will often discover double meanings, hidden details and surprising outcomes within each artwork. I am most interested in artists and artwork that that explores humor and existential angst in their work. Some of these would include Goya, Philip Guston, Jean Dubuffet, Kiki Smith and many more.

    My masks and sculptures allow me to explore characters from my paintings and doodles in a three-dimensional format. After spending a decade in New Orleans I developed a real love for wearing and building masks. These masks express similar themes as the paintings but tend to rely more on planning and craftsmanship. Most of my sculptures are now meant for wall hanging but some have actually been worn for celebrations like Mardi Gras and Halloween.