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Jim Salem

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Biography

 

Jim Salem is an internationally recognized painter of the natural world. The subjects of his paintings are largely concentrated on his native Pennsylvania and the Florida Keys, where he now resides. Born in rural western Pennsylvania in 1948, Jim studied painting at the Pennsylvania State University as well as the Slade School in London. He received his BA from Penn State in 1970. There was never any question that Jim would be a painter. While still in college Jim won the prestigious Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh and had his work purchased for the permanent collection of Pittsburgh Plate Glass. He had a long list of commissions while still at school, and after graduation began selling at arts festivals and galleries throughout the northeast. This wider exposure quickly led to new commissions, gallery shows, and recognition as a world class painter.

Jim has a distinguished body of work ranging from non-representational to realism. All of his paintings are clearly based on his love of nature. He very early gravitated to the land, plants and birds where he grew up. After he began to winter in Key West, he expanded his incredible sympathy with the natural world to include the unique ecology, flora and bird life of the Keys. Salem achieves his subtle jewel tones by using "color on color", and layering his acrylics. His painting has an amazing, luminous quality that adds atmosphere and depth to his work. "I paint to express the emotions evoked within me in an attempt to record the relationship of man to earth, sky to land, plant to bird." says Salem. He frequently paints on site and feels that much in his paintings should be a " record of nature", however he uses a mesmerizing combination of detail, realism and fantasy to evoke the emotions of that reality. John Dawes, the curator of Jimís "Pennsylvania, The Unspoiled Landscape", at the University Museum in Indiana, PA , commented , " As a landscape painter , Jim Salem has not finished surprising and casting his spell on us." The same remains true today. Salem has had over 40 one-man shows, 15 invitational group shows and 17 juried shows. He has had major museum shows in Pennsylvania at the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg , and most recently at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Mr. Salem is represented by galleries in Florida, Indiana, Alabama, and Pennsylvania, and is widely seen in both private and corporate collections worldwide including: Disney, Hilton Hotels, and PPG. Jim also supports the arts and young artists as a past member of the Board of The Key West Museum Of Art And History and The Anne McKee Artist Fund.  

 

One Man Exhibitions

2013 Cocco & Salem Gallery, Key West, Florida
2012 Cocco & Salem Gallery, Key West, Florida
2011 Cocco & Salem Gallery, Key West, Florida
2009 Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West , Florida
2008 Salem Gallery, Zionsville, Indiana
2008 Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West , Florida
2007 Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West , Florida
2006 Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West , Florida
2005 Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West , Florida
2003 -2004 Southern Alleghenies Museum Of Art, Loretto, Pennsylvania
2002 Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West , Florida
2001 Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, Florida
2000 Hub-Robeson Gallery, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania
2000 Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, Florida
1999 Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, Florida
1998 Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, Florida
1997,1989 Northridge Art Gallery, Ridgefield, Connecticut
1997 The Wood Street Gallery,and the AIA Gallery, The Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania
1997 The Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
1996 The Baum School of Art, Allentown, Pennsylvania
1996 Washington and Jefferson University, Washington, Pennsylvania
1995 Westmoreland Museum of Fine Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania
1995 Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
1995 Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
1994 Indiana University, Indiana, Pennsylvania
1994 Cambrio County Center for the Arts, Greensburg, Pennsylvania
1992 The Grand Collection, Key West, Florida
1991 620 Louisa Street, Key West, Florida
1989 East Martello Museum of Art, Key West, Florida
1987 Mole Hole, Naples, Florida
1985-1988 Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, Florida
1983 Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
1980 Artworks, Alexandria, Virginia
1980-1984 Moira's Gallery, Key West, Florida
1980 Ligonier Valley Library Gallery, Ligonier, Pennsylvania
1979 Joslyn Gallery, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
1979 Elephant Walk Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania