About Jim Promessi
Jim is primarily a California landscape artist, although
he also does figurative and still life work. His favored
mediums are oil on canvas and soft pastel on paper. He
prefers working in a realist manner, and considers this
to be the ultimate challenge to an artist.
“I am a California Native who grew up loving its
landscape, especially in Spring. My favorite months are
March, April and May, when the California landscape is
a most spectacular sight to behold.
Precious images from my childhood are still with me.
I used to walk the East Bay foothills and remember the
cool, clear sunny days with bright blue skies, green grasses,
wildflowers and new green on the trees. Now, each Spring
I am fortunate to revisit those images, and as an artist
I seek to record California’s magnificence.”
Current & Recent Exhibitions
- Salon International 2009, a juried exhibition
of oil paintings hosted by the Greenhouse Gallery of Fine
Art, San Antonio, TX, April 11-May 1, 2009
- Oil Painters of America's 2008 Western Regional Juried
Devin Galleries, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Sept. 12 - Oct.11, 2008
- California Art Club's,
est. 1909 97th Annual Gold
Medal Juried Exhibition at the
Pasadena Museum of California
Art, Pasadena, CA, 2008
- 50th Anniversary Celebration, with members & alumni,
The Gallery House, Palo Alto, 2008
- Oil Painters of America's 2007 Western Regional
Juried Exhibiton of Traditional Oils Miniature Show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
- Bay Area Realists,
John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
in San Francisco, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco,
Jim's museum exhibitions include the California Palace of
the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the Triton Museum, the
Pioneer Museum and Haggin Art Gallery, Crocker Art Museum,
and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.
Jim's work was shown in the 1st and 2nd Annual California
Spring Salons curated by the Edenhurst and Morseburg Galleries
in Los Angeles. He has won many awards locally and nationally,
such as the 1997 Grand Prize for "American Artist Magazine's"
60th Anniversary National Competition.
Jim's paintings are held in private collections across the
United States, in particular in New York, Connecticut, Ohio,
Washington, Oregon, Nevada and California. Several collectors
have shared their thoughts with us on the joy of owning a
- "The Art of Pastel Portraiture" by Madlyn Woolwich,
published in 1996 by Watson Guptill features Jim's figurative
- "Pastel Highlights" and "American Artists"
magazine's "Collector's Edition" and "Pastel
Artist International" magazine have showcased other
award winning Promessi paintings.