James Crandall OPAM

 After a long career as a concept illustrator in the advertising and motion-picture industry, James Crandall has shifted his focus to traditional easel painting. He finds subject matter in everyday life, and is always looking for an intriguing play of light, or the unstaged gestures of people at work and at play. An ongoing series of paintings depicts life in his maternal grandfather’s hometown of Lucca in northern Tuscany, where he regularly visits. Recent work also includes scenes from the rural backroads of California’s Gold Country, where he and his wife Nancy make their home. In 2020 he launched a YouTube channel where he shares insights and tips for fellow painters.

He is a Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society.

Website: jamescrandall.com

YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesCrandallPainting


Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California 1978-1981 (BFA, Awarded with Distinction)

University of California, Los Angeles, 1975-1977

Recent Exhibitions and Awards:

2020  ADI Top 5 Most Awarded Artist Rating (4th)

2020  American Impressionist Society 21st National Exhibition

2018  1st Place, Master Class, ArtMuse Contest, October (Judge: Carol Marine)

2018  Finalist, BoldBrush Art Competition, October (Juror: Robert Lemler)

2018  2nd Annual American Impression Society Small Work Showcase, Cincinnati, OH

2018  40th Annual Crocker Museum Art Auction, Sacramento, CA

2017  Award of Excellence, Master Division, OPA Eastern Regional, St. Simons Island, GA

2017  President’s Choice Award, American Impressionist Society’s National Exhibition

2017  Awarded Signature Member status, American Impressionist Society

2017  Finalist, BoldBrush Art Competition, June (Juror: David Kassan)

2017  2nd Prize, BoldBrush Art Competition, May

2017  1st Place, Master Class, ArtMuse Contest, April 

2017  California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Los Angeles

2017  Finalist, Master Class, ArtMuse Contest, February 

2016  1st Place, Master Class, ArtMuse Contest, October 

2016  Award of Excellence, Masters Division, OPA Western Regional, Scottsdale, AZ

2016  Gold Medal, Masters Division, Oil Painters of America’s Salon, Fort Wayne, IN

2016  Award of Merit, American Impressionist Society National, Kirkland, WA

2016  Finalist, Boldbrush Art Competition, January & December

2015  Awarded Master Signature status, Oil Painters of America, December 2015

2015  2nd Prize, Signature division, Oil Painters of America Online Showcase, Fall 2015

2015  Judge, BoldBrush Art Competition, July 2015

2015  Finalist, RayMar Art Competition (January & February)

2014  Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of American Western Regional

2014  Finalist, RayMar Art Competition (July and October) 

2014  Award of Excellence, Paso Artsfest, Paso Robles, California (Juror: Quang Ho) 

2014  Finalist, Boldbrush Competition (April)

2013  1st Place, Signature division, Oil Painters of America Fall Online Showcase 

2013  Solo Exhibition, Lee Youngman Galleries, Calistoga, CA

2013  Finalist, RayMar Art Competition (February, August)

2013  California Art Club’s Gold Medal Exhibition

2013  2nd Place, Boldbrush Painting Competition (June)

2013  2nd Place, Boldbrush Painting Competition (May)

2013  Finalist, RayMar Fine Art Competition, February 2013 (Juror: Nancy Guzik)

2012  3rd Prize, Oil Painters of America Spring Online Showcase 

2012  Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas (Jury’s Top 50)

2012  Finalist, RayMar Art Fine Competition (January, March, September, November)

2012  Finalist, Bold Brush Art Competition, (January, September)

2012  Judge, BoldBrush Art Competition, December 2011

2011  BoldBrush Art Competiton, August 2011, (Best of Show Award)

2011  RayMar Art Fine Art Competition, 2010-2011, (Finalist [Top 12 of the Year] Award)

2011  Oil Painters of America’s 20th Annual National, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (Portraiture Award of Excellence)

2011  Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas (Jury’s Top Fifty)

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