￼James Havard, born in 1937, grew up on a forty-acre farm near Galveston, Texas that raised cattle, pigs, and chickens. Formally trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, he went on to win a number of awards, including the William Emlen Cresson Memorial Award and the J. Henry Schiedt Memorial Award. In the next decades Havard’s work appeared in some 40 exhibitions and museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Guggenheim, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During that period he spent much of his time traveling, living, and working in Europe, occasionally taking residence on a farm to paint. Currently, though, Harvard has settled in his beloved Santa Fe.
Along with fellow artists Peter Blake and David Lynch, Havard continually challenges the mores of the visual arts community. Considered to be one of the pioneers of the Abstract Illusionist Movement of the late 1970’s, Havard has since completely changed his style and his direction to a more singular figuration.