About

James Drake was born in Lubbock, TX in 1946. He received his BFA in 1969 and MFA in 1970 from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, CA. Drake has presented his figurative narrative art internationally and has received critical praise for his dramatic steel sculptures, drawings and video installations. His vocabulary of images relates to art history, weaponry, the fine line between savagery and civilization, and life on the densely populated bilingual Juarez-El Paso border. His work is in the permanent collection of over 30 museums, including the Albright-Knox Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. In 2000 his work was included in the Whitney Biennial. Drake is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts grants.

Exhibition

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014 Pages, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2014 Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash), Moody Gallery, Houston, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in San Diego, CA; and Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX
2014 Can We Know the Sound of Forgiveness, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2012 Red Drawings and White Cut-Outs, Moody Gallery, Houston, TX
2011 Red Drawings and White Cut-Outs, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2010 When the Swan is in the Sky, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2009 White, Moody Gallery, Houston, TX
James Drake, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
2008 James Drake, Dwight Hackett Projects, Sante Fe, NM
James Drake, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas
2007 War in Heaven, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
War in Heaven, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX
Border of Desire, Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX
The Rain of Huitzilopochtli Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2006 City of Tells, Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown, San Diego, CA
Towards the Pandemonium of the Sun, Moody Gallery, Houston, TX
2005 City of Tells, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
City of Tells, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004 Drawings for City of Tells, Dwight Hackett Projects, Santa Fe, NM
City of Tells, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
City of Tells, With Signs Following, Moody Gallery, Houston, TX
2003 James Drake: Tongue-Cut Sparrows, Williams Center Art Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
The Hummingbird’s Equation, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
2002 The Hummingbird’s Equation, Esso Gallery, New York, NY
Zona Mariscal, Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy
The Hummingbird’s Equation, Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, TX
The Trophy Room and Other Interiors, Pillsbury & Peters Fine Art, Dallas, TX
2001 Tongue-Cut Sparrows. Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
Valley of the World, Sunyab, University of Buffalo Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2000 James Drake: Tongue-Cut Sparrows, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Que Linda La Brisa, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
A Thousand Tongues Burn and Sing, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Tongue-Cut Sparrows / A Thousand Tongues Burn and Sing, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA
1999 Conversation Inside-Outside, Australian Centre for Contemporary Photography, Sydney, Australia
A Thousand Tongues Burn and Sing, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
A Thousand Tongues Burn and Sing, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Civil Rights Memorial, Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, TX, Also 1994, 1993, 1990, 1987, 1985
1998 James Drake: Tongue-Cut Sparrows, Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
James Drake, Artpace, San Antonio, TX
Tongue-Cut Sparrows / A Thousand Tongues Burn and Sing, Pamela Auchincloss Project Space and Art Management, New York, NY
Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Also 1995, 1994, 1992, 1990, 1985
1997 Tongue-Cut Sparrows, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
Tongue-Cut Sparrows, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Valley of the World, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
1996 Tongue-Cut Sparrows, Diverse Works, Houston, TX
1994 Valley of the World, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
The Sky Was Swirling Like a Snake, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
1992 The Border of Desire, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX
Drawings, Patricia Shea Gallery, Santa Monica, California
1991 Force Fields / Voids, CRCA, The University of Texas, Arlington, TX
Heart of Gold, Shea / Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1990 Place and Passage, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
James Drake: The Border/La Frontera, Gardiner Art Gallery, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Barbara Fendrick Gallery, Washington D.C. Also 1988, 1987
1989 Juarez / El Paso, La Jolla Museum Downtown, La Jolla Museum Of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
James Drake: The Border / La Frontera, Anderson Gallery, VA
Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
The Border / La Frontera, Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
New lithographs, Tamarind Institute of Lithography, Albuquerque, NM
1988 James Drake, Border Incident, Alternative Museum, New York, NY
James Drake, The Border La Frontera, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
James Drake, Sculpture and Drawings, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
James Drake, Sculpture, Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
1983 James Drake, Sculpture, Brown-Lupton Gallery, Texas Christian University, Ft Worth, TX
1982 Sculpture, Galveston Arts center on the Strand, Galveston, TX
Robert Speaker Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
James Drake, Sculpture, University of Texas, El Paso, TX
1981 New Visions, Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Texas, Traveled To: Abilene Fine Arts Museum, Abilene, Texas, Wichita Falls Museum and Art center, Wichita Falls, Texas, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
1976 Museo De Arte Y Historia, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010 Desire, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
2009 Infinite Patience: James Drake, Kunie Sugiura, Stanley Whitney, Haunch of Venison, New York, NY
Attempt to Raise Hell, The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Talking Pictures, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Edge of Abstraction, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
Drawings Anyone? Recent Acquisitions for the Eleanor and Henry Hitchcock Foundation, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Dream Bodies, Kansas City Jewish Museum, Epsten Gallery, Overland, KS
Memories: Shadow + Light, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
2008 Visions, Selections from the James T. Dyke Collection of Contemporary Drawings, Naples Museum of Art, Naples Florida, Traveled to: Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK
Facing West, Landfall Press Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Complicated Dominion, Nature & New Political Narratives, San Francisco Arts Commision Gallery, San Francisco, California
30th Anniversary Exhibition, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Weighing and Wanting: Selections from the Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art-SD, La Jolla, California
Drawings by Sculptors, William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
2007 Think With the Senses – feel With the Mind. Art in the Present Tense 52nd International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
James Drake and Terry Allen, Dwight Hackett Projects, Santa Fe, NM
Commemorating 30 Years 1976 – 2007, Part Three, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Ulterior Motifs, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas, Traveled: Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, TX
Looking West, Regional Art, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
Drawings: Visions, Surfaces, and Beyond, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
The Eclectic Eye: Pop and Illusion – Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO
Amistad – Texas Art in Peru, Museo de Nacion, Lima, Peru
Birds, Dwight Hackett Projects, Santa Fe, NM
The Landscape of War, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
2006 Black White (& Gray), The University of Texas, Arlington, Texas “Texas 100,” Selections from the El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
2004 179th Annual National Academy Museum, New York, NY
Perspectives @ 25, A Quarter Century of New Art in Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
Landfall Press: A Singular Vision, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2003 The Ultimate Collection, La Galleria Alberto Peola, Torino, Italy
Game Over, Galerie Grimm / Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany
deNton, eL pAso, saN antOnio, Texas Trialogues, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX
2002 Lateral Thinking, Art of the 1990s, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA, Traveled: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO, 2003, Hood Museum, Dartmouth University, Hanover, NH, 2004, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH, 2004
2001 Double Vision, Photographs From the Strauss Collection, University Art Museum, CA State University, Long Beach, CA, Traveled: Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
Zona Mariscal, New Media Room, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
James Drake & Jeannette Louie, Esso Gallery & Books, New York, NY
2000 Whitney Biennial 2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Natural Deceits, Modern Art Museum of Ft Worth, Ft Worth, TX
New York Classicism Now, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY
Island Press: Innovation at Washington University, Washington University Art Gallery, St Louis, MO
Tamarind: 40 Years, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
Texans From the Whitney Biennial, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1999 Contemporary Narrative American Prints, Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, CT
Crossing Zones, De Paul University Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
Texas Draws, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
The Figure: Experiencing Views, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
23rd International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenija
1998 Photoimage; Printmaking 60’s to 90’s, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, Traveled; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Storylines, Colorado University Art Galleries, Sibell – Wolle Fine Arts Building, Boulder, CO
1998 New Orleans Triennial, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Recent Acquisitions: Contemporary Prints, National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.
Pushing Boundaries, Lithographs from 9 American Fine Art Presses, DAAP Galleries, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
1998 Art on Paper, The Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
1997 The Edge of Chaos, Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, New York, NY
Establishment & Revelation, Dallas Visual Art Center, Dallas, TX
Finders / Keepers, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
Drawings, James Drake, Nathan Olivera, Stephen Talasnik, William Wiley, Nancy Wolf, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington D.C.
Conceal / Reveal, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
1996 Limited Edition Artists Books, Since 1990, Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
Schemata: Drawings by Sculptors, Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX
Continuity & Contradiction, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
1995 Tamarind: Into the Nineties, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
Prints, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Made in Texas, Parchman Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, TX
1994 Private Identity and Public Conscience, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Poison Amor, James Drake & Terry Allen a Collaboration, Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, TX, Traveled: Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX
1993 Shot in El Paso, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
La frontera / The Border, Art About the Mexico / United States Border Experience, Centro Cultural De La Raza, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Traveled: Centro Cultural Tijuana, 1993, Tacoma Art Museum 1993, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 1994, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase, 1994, San Jose Museum of Art, 1994
Ida Applebroog and James Drake, Gallerie Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
1993 Darkness + Light, Twentieth – Century Works from Texas, Collection Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX
Texas Contemporary Acquisitions of the 90s, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
Daylight Fantasy, The Night’s Dark Side, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
Dark Suburban Fantasies, Art Institute of Southern California, Laguna Beach, CA
Pomona College Invitational Exhibition, Montgomery Gallery, Claremont, CA
Like a Body Without a Shadow, Marshsa Mateyka Gallery, Washington D.C.
1992 Silhouettes of the Southwest, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY
Who Discovered Whom, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY
Artists Do Dance, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
Drawings: An Invitational, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
The Passionate Eye, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX
1991 The Perfect World, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Roswell Invitational – James drake, Luis Jimenez, Ken Little, Roswell Museum of Art, Roswell, NM
On Paper, Adair Margo gallery, El Paso, Texas, Traveled; Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, Arlington Museum, Arlington, TX
Caporitida Eight El Paso Artists, El Paso museum of Art, El Paso, TX
The Fourth International Shoebox Exhibition, University of Hawaii, Manoa, HI
Graphica Creative 90, The Sixth International Print Triennial, Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyvaskyla, Finland
1990 Tradition and Innovation; A Museum Celebration of Texas Art, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
Texas Figurative Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
West Art and the Law, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
Center for Contemporary Arts Invitational, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
Gender / Gender, Barbara Fendrick Gallery, New York, NY
Sculpture 90, Fendrick Gallery, Washington D.C.
Fendrick at Foster, Foster Gallery University of Wisconsin, Eau, WI
Border Issues / La Frontera, The Bridge Center for Contemporary Art, El Paso, TX
1989 Awards in the Visual Arts, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, Traveled: La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, Ca, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
James Drake, Derek Boshier, John Torreano, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
A Century of Sculpture in Texas, Archer M. Huntington Gallery, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Painted Stories and Other Narrative Art, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX
Tracking Information, Drawings by Texas Sculptors, Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, TX
Legacy II, Texas Realism, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX
Traveling III, Myths and Motorcycles, Althea Viafora Gallery,New York, NY
Lannan Acquisitions, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California
1988 Selections from the Permanent Collection, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
The Wall as Ground, The Bridge Center for Contemporary Art, El Paso, TX
The Mayor’s invitational, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
Memory, University of Texas, Arlington, TX
Texas Narrations, Connecticut College, Cummings Art Center, New London, CT
Horoscopes for the Damned, Contemporary Art for San Antonio, at Blue Star, San Antonio, TX
The Mid – America Biennial, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
1987 Third Coast Review: A look at Art in Texas, The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Contemporary Texas Figurative Drawing, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
1986 Texas Group Show, Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
New Orleans Triennial, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Western States Biennial, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Traveled: New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO, Yellowstone Fine Arts Center, Billings, Montana, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Personal Environments, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
1985 Southwest 85, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
1984 Three Dimensions, University of Texas, El Paso, TX
Texas on My Mind, Art Train, Austin, TX
1983 Southern Fictions, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1982 International 1982, Longview Museum and Art Center, Longview, TX
Fun and Games, The Art center, Waco, TX
Fabric / Fiber, Texas Christian University, Ft Worth, TX
1981 500 Exhibition Gallery, Dallas, Texas, Lawndale Annex, Houston, TX
1980 Copper II, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Print Invitational, University Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
Southwest Sculpture, Galveston Art Center on the Strand, Galveston, TX
1979 Made in Texas, Archer M. Hunting Gallery, The University of Texas, Austin, TX
International Designer Craftsman, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
1978 Visual arts Center of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska
1977 7th Annual Print and Drawing Exhibition, Minot State College, Minot, ND
1976 Art Exhibition Peace, Slovenj Gradec, Yugoslavia
Primo Internazionale Biella Per L’Incisione, Biella, Italy
Midwestern Graphics 4th Competition, Tulsa, OK
21st Sun Carnival Exhibition, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
1975 International Biennial of Graphic Art, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
1974 16th Annual Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK
5th Annual Colorprint USA, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
33rd Annual Print Exhibition, Jersey City Art Museum, Jersey City, NJ
1973 2nd New Hampshire International Graphics Annual, Hollis, NH
Society of Art Center Alumni, Art center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA
1971 Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
1970 Cerritos College Annual Exhibition, Cerritos, CA
1968 Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, OH
1967 Annual Sun Carnival Exhibition, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX

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Reclining Female, 2012