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james perrin

Artist Statement

My paintings are translations of visual and non-visual influences synthesized into images that take form from various aspects of nature, contemporary art and art history, music, literature, science, religion, personal relationships, and anything that affects me directly and indirectly consciously and unconsciously.

I paint with the intent to bring into existence images which I only could make through a process of intuitive technical and formal choices. I draw from previous paintings and drawings, combine them with current influences, and strive to communicate aspects of my experiences that go beyond the possibility of verbal communication. I seek to make images that validate themselves in the context of contemporary culture and art history.

I let intuitive impulses guide me through the painting process. I listen to marks I put down rather than dictate an idea onto the canvas. I see ideas as a catapult for images not the momentum. I don't chain my paintings to specific ideas anymore than I would chain myself to a springboard, but draw from anything I believe will benefit and aid in the completion of a powerful image.


James Perrin [b. 1975, Kenton, TN] a Nashville resident, received his BFA in Painting from Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA in painting from Boston University.  His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Nashville and Memphis, as well as nationally in Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Boston, Massachusetts; Kansas City, Missouri.  In 2014 his work was in included in the exhibition Abstractometry at the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee.  Perrin has also had a solo exhibition in Venice Italy.  Perrin's work is included in collections in Nashville, Boston, and Rome Italy.  From 2004-2006, he was Artist in Residence at Freed-Hardeman Univestity, Henderson, Tennessee.  


Boston University, Boston, MA 1999-2001
Master of Fine Arts in painting

American University, Washington, D.C. Fall 1998
Study for MFA in Perugia, Italy

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO 1993-1997 Bachelor of Fine Arts in PaintingSelected Exhibitions



Group Exhibition: Annual Retrospective

Tinny Contemporary, Nashville, TN


Group Exhibition: The Shadow's Body: Painting's Allegorical Impulse

Watkins College of Art, Nashville TN

September 2017


Group Exhibition: 60th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art

Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY


Palm Beach Art and Antiques, Palm Beach, FL

Presented by Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel IN



Group Exhibition: From Dawn to Dust

The Fortress, Nashville, TN


Group Exhibition: A Decade in the Making

Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN


Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY

Presented by Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel, IN


Art Boca Raton, Boca Raton, FL

Presented by Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel IN



Solo Exhibition: Observations, Integrations, Pareidolia, and Polysemy.

Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN



Solo Exhibition

University of Tennessee Knoxville Library, Knoxville TN



September - February 2014

Group Exhibition: Abstractometry

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN


Solo Exhibition: Recent Work

Gallery Forty AU, Nashville, TN



Group Exhibition: Scientists and Artists Picture the Intangible

Gallery F, Scarritt Bennett, Nashville, TN



Solo Exhibition: Conglomerate, New Paintings...

Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN



Group Exhibition

Perry Nicole Fine Art, Memphis, TN


Group Exhibition: Biblical Proportions

Blue Genie, Austin, TX


Group Exhibition Curated by Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN

Terrazzo, Nashville, TN



Group Exhibition

Perry Nicole Fine Art, Memphis, TN


Group Exhibition: Dialogue 1: Painting

Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville ,TN


Group Exhibition: Dialogue: Painting

Curated by Zeitgeist Gallery

L & C Tower, Nashville, TN


Group Exhibition: Dialogue: Painting & Photography

Curated by Zeitgeist Gallery,

L & C Tower, Nashville, TN


Group Exhibition

Curated by Zeitgeist Gallery

Radius 10, Nashville, TN




4 Person Group Exhibition: Field Guide

Curated by Zeitgeist Gallery

Vanderbilt University Law School , Nashville, TN



Central South Art Exhibition, Group Exhibition

Tennessee Art League, Nashville, TN


Perry Nicole Fine Art, Memphis, TN

Group Exhibition: The Red Show



Juried Group Exhibition: National Compact Competition

LSU Union Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA



Solo Exhibition

Freed-Hardeman University Art Gallery, Henderson, TN


Juried Group Exhibition: Scene/Unseen

Runnels Gallery, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM


Invitational Group Exhibition

Blue Genie Art Industries, Austin, TX


Group Exhibition: Will's Creek Art Survey

Saville Gallery, Cumberland, MD


Juried Group Exhibition: Central South Art Exhibition

Leu Gallery, Belmont University, Nashville, TN


Invitational Group Exhibition: 9 Ingredients

Edgewater Art Gallery, Orlando, FL



Solo Exhibition

Galleria Perela`, Venice, Italy



MFA Thesis Exhibition

Boston University, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA


Solo Exhibition

Boston University, Open Court Gallery, Boston, MA

Invitational Group Exhibition for Summer Concert Series

Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA



Creative Artists Agency, Nashville TN

Pennacle Bank, Nashville TN

Tennessee Arts Commission

Boston University

Grimaldi Collection, Rome, Italy

-Numerous private collections

Fellowships and Residencies

Artist in Residence

Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson TN, 2004-2006


Awards and Grants

Joan Mitchell Award Recipient 2015

Joan Mitchell Award Nominee 2014

Rolf Singerman Award, Allegany Arts Council, Cumberland, MD

Herman Davis Bradely Memorial Award, Tennessee Art League

Joan Mitchell MFA Award Nominee 2001

Constatin Alajavov Scholarship

Boston University Merit Scholarship

Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship