About: James Gayles is committed to cultivating artists and sharing his work. His vision is to put beautiful, uplifting, and enlightening work out there in the world. He sees art as a vehicle to educate, by portraying ancestral icons who youth and all people can be proud of.
He attended Pratt Institute in New York where he studied under Jacob Lawrence and realist Audrey Flack. He simultaneously pursued careers in both fine art and commercial art. As a commercial artist, he established himself in New York as a graphic designer and illustrator, becoming
assistant Director of Graphics at News center 4, NBC-TV. For his work at NBC, he won a TV Emmy Award for design and illustration. James is also a two-time winner of Art Director magazines Creativity Award, one for the News Center 4 logo redesign, and the other for an editorial illustration for the New York Times. He won first place for illustration art at the California Newspaper Publishers Award. He has illustrated of McGraw-Hill, Random House, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise as well as several advertising agencies on both East and Wests Coasts.
As a Fine artist his paintings have been exhibited in galleries in the Bay Area, through out the U.S’. and abroad. He has won public art commissions from the City of Oakland, the City of Richmond, and the Alameda County Arts Commission. In addition he was three time recipient of the City of Oakland Individual Artist grant and has been selected twice to show at biennial California Watercolor Competition and Exhibition at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara. Most recently he designed a mural in west Oakland, the was honored to be one of four artists portrayed in West Oakland on Fourth street.
These are just a few of his accomplishments, as an Emmy Award winning artist of Oakland, now presiding in Reno Nevada.
More info: Photos for sale as prints: 18″x24″, $200 each, signed
Please call for further information (510) 207-6420