George James Biography

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George James (1932- ) Born: Detroit, MI; Studied: Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles), Long Beach State College; Member: California Water Color Society. George James grew up in Southern California. During his teenage years he attended the Brandt-Dike Summer School of Painting in Corona del Mar and studied watercolor painting with Rex Brandt, Phil Dike and George Post.

During the 1950s, he developed a geometric, abstractionist style of watercolor painting. Most of his works of this era were inspired by beach-city subjects in the Newport and Balboa area of Orange County. They were exhibited with the California Water Color Society and sold through local art galleries.

James has taught art since the 1960s and became an Associate Professor at California State University, Fullerton. In more recent years he has produced photorealist watercolors and is actively exhibiting.

Biographical information:

Interview with George James, 1983.

Biography courtesy of California Watercolors 1850-1970,

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