James Verbicky, ‘Bhavanga 6’, Joanne Artman Gallery
James Verbicky, ‘Bhavanga 6’, Joanne Artman Gallery
James Verbicky, ‘Bhavanga 6’, Joanne Artman Gallery

James Verbicky was born in Canada in 1973 and began painting with oils and acrylics at the age of four. His works have evolved along a continuum that marks the transient moments of contemporary life with embedded objects, symbols and movement in layers of color. After struggling with legitimacy for many years, Verbicky finally attained the rarely bestowed “Extraordinary Ability Greencard” from the United States government due to his involvement with a myriad of galleries, prominent art collectors, publications, museums, and charity organizations across America.
In 2008, Verbicky was invited to join the juried exhibition of the Societie Nationale des Beaux-Arts (SNBA) at the Carrousel du Louvre in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Verbicky was among only twelve American-based artists invited to join the SNBA show, which had been in existence for over a hundred years but had only the year before begin accepting any American delegates.
Verbicky was first recognized in California for a commissioned piece done on one of the Frank Gehry Spheres displayed at the Hollywood Bowl. Today he shows widely in galleries as well as fine and famous homes across North America, including the Frank Sinatra Estate in Northridge. Current collectors include the new face of Calvin Klein, Lara Stone, actor Cameron Mathison, and the Chicago Art Museum. His work has most recently been featured in Riviera Magazine Orange County, Luxe Magazine, Kontact Magazine, Bespoke Magazine, and as part of the 2008 Emmy Awards Celebration.

August 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017 - "New Works." Featuring James Verbicky
July 1, 2016 – October 1, 2016 - "Semiotics." Featuring James Verbicky
July 1, 2015 – September 30, 2015 - “The Boys are Back in Town.” Featuring James Verbicky & Robert Mars

About James Verbicky

James Verbicky is renowned for what he calls “media paintings”, large sculptural assemblages of Baltic birch wood covered in vintage advertisements for popular brands and imagery from foreign magazines bought along the Seine in Paris. He arranges the layers of paper in a horizontal grid, paying homage to pioneering Modernists and Minimalists such as Piet Mondrian, Kenneth Noland, and Morris Louis. A resin topcoat renders the surface shiny and the paper transparent, so that the images on the backsides bleed through to the front, creating a sense of depth. Paying attention to what is behind each piece of paper “makes the collage more interesting and creates a certain mood,” he says. Verbicky’s collages, which can be “read” in any direction, evoke familiar scenes and subjects, from flowers in bloom, to a racetrack blurred in action, to stock tickers scrolling across a television screen.

Canadian, b. 1973