About

James von Minor is a Maryland-based artist who is internationally known for his paintings, drawings, constructions, and sculptural installations. In his work, abstract, organic forms integrate into geometric patterns and shapes. These seemingly opposite styles depend on a delicate juggling act of balance, shape, color, and pattern. Humans are predisposed to look for dualities as an organizing principle; for every idea there is a counter idea. But Von Minor suggests that this is an artificial concept in need of deconstructing. He has dedicated his lengthy career to uncovering ways to move beyond the limitations of that duality-based thinking. The inspiration for this body of work is the Islamic architecture of southern Spain in which strict, rational, logical geometries are coupled with decorative, organic calligraphy and plant forms. In his work, Von Minor unifies concept and experience, as well as the geometric and organic. In addition, the artist questions the nature of painting, drawing, and sculpture. Most of his work merges qualities of all these classical approaches: the paintings are sculptural, sculptures are painterly, etc. Von Minor blurs these boundaries to construct a new union of pattern and organic abstraction.

Von Minor earned his BA from the Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and an MFA from the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Works by the artist may be found in numerous private collections as well as the collections of the American Society of Nephrology, Washington, D.C.; Baltimore–Washington International Airport, Anne Arundel County, Maryland; Beard, Warwick and Cornell, Washington, D.C.; College of American Pathologists, Washington, D.C.; DAI: Development Alternatives, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland; Derouin Foundation, Quebec, Canada; DLA Piper, Baltimore, Maryland; El Centro de Arte de Maracaibo Lia Bermudez, Maracaibo, Venezuela; Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa; Lockheed Martin, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland; Lukas, McGowan, Nace & Gutierrez, Washington, D.C.; Merck & Company Inc., Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela; Peat Marwick Agency, Baltimore, Maryland; St. James Place Condominium, Baltimore, Maryland; Stevenson University, Stevenson, Maryland; and T. Rowe Price, Baltimore, Maryland.