james denmark


James Denmark was born in Winter Haven, Florida in 1936 into a family of artists. He was exposed to color and form at an early age by his grandmother, a wire sculptor and quilt artist, by his grandfather, a bricklayer noted for his unique custom designed molds, and his mother who had an intuitive feeling for design and a fastidiousness which she expressed in everything she did.

He entered Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) on a sports scholarship. While pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at FAMU, Denmark came under the tutelage of the artist and acclaimed African American Art historian, Dr. Samella Lewis who exposed him to the great traditions and accomplishments of the African American art movement. After graduating from FAMU, Denmark moved to Brooklyn, New York and began a career as an art teacher in the public school system and, in 1976, earned his Master of Fine Art degree from Pratt Institute of Fine Arts in New York. During this period Denmark met and was nurtured by an immensely talented community of artists which included Norman Lewis, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Ernest Crichlow. He was also influenced by the abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock, William deKooning and Clifford Still.

Denmark discovered a natural affinity for the largely improvisational medium of collage and quickly developed his own unique and easily identifiable style. He has come to be recognized as a master of the medium and is considered by many to be heir apparent to the great collagist Romare Bearden.

Denmark has had over 60 solo exhibitions and has participated in a number of group shows. His work is represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, as well as in many private and corporate collections in the U.S, Japan, South America and Africa.

He recently moved from Brooklyn, New York to settle in Yemassee, South Carolina.

Prints by James Denmark

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