James Brinsfield was born in Chicago and lived in Massachusetts and Germany as the son of a career military officer. He earned a BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MFA in painting.
Brinsfield has had many solo exhibitions thus far in his career including exhibitions in Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. His work has been critically reviewed nationally including in Art in America, Art News, Flash Art, and Contemporanea magazines; and in the Chicago Tribune, Kansas City Star, and Washington Post.
His paintings are in numerous public and private collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO. For many years, he was a lecturer in the Painting department of the Kansas City Art Institute.
In 2018, we exhibited a twenty year retrospective of Mr. Brinsfield's paintings. Read the essay by James Martin for the restrospective exhibition - link is below the resume at the right. See our Exhibitions page for more information on that exhibition.
See below on our News page for recent news on Mr. Brinsfield. In 2020, Mr. Brinsfield has been busy in the studio creating many new small scale paintings and now moving on to larger scaled paintings.
And finally see our YouTube channel for three interesting video interviews with Mr. Brinsfield on aspects of his work.
James Brinsfield (b. 1949, Chicago, IL) has developed a visual vernacular that draws from the art historical canon and the artist's personal history. Brinsfield continually reinvents his paintings and drawings with a profound fluency in iconic modes of art making that he employs to elegantly move through genres from Modernist Abstraction, to Minimalism, and the gestural mark-making of Abstract Expressionism. His conversance with these influences frees him to explore these concepts and make them his own. His production never seems to be rooted in certainty; rather, the works evolve, sometimes radically from the start of a work to its conclusion embracing the relational nature of the act of painting.
2018 James Brinsfield - a Twenty Year Retrospective, Joseph Nease Gallery, Duluth, MN
2014 Self-Titled, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO
2011 James Brinsfield 2007-2011, The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO
2010 Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2007 Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2005 Jan Weiner Gallery
2003 Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2002 Lovely Mover, Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2000 Post Abstraction, Joseph Nease Gallery
1998 True North, Joseph Nease Gallery
1994 David Levik Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
1992 Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
1990 Anton Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1988 Anton Gallery
1986 Anton Gallery
1985 Asperger-Bischof Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1983 Feature Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1982 Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1981 Nancy Lurie Gallery
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Anxious Abstraction, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS (see the New page)
2013 OPEN, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, Missouri
2013 Thanks for the Warning, the Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
2012 The Oppenheimer Collection @20, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas
2012 Abstraction Kansas City, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
2012 Liberty, the Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri.
2011 America Now + Here, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri
2011 What’s Up, the Dolphin Gallery
2010 New Digs, the Dolphin Gallery
2009 Interchange, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
2009 The Francis and Julia Spiezer Collection, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois.
2009 Resonate, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
2008 About Abstraction, Salina Center for the Arts, Salina, Kansas, curated by Heather Ferrell.
2008 Conversation Pieces, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by Chris Cook.
2008 5x7, Austin Arthouse, Austin, Texas
2008 Inman Gallery, Houston Texas, curated by Elizabeth Dunbar.
2007 Allusive Abstraction, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by Bruce Hartman.
2005 New Acquisitions, Gallery of Art, Johnson County Community College
2003 Is/Was, Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, MO.
2001 Space Oddity, Joseph Nease Gallery
1999 Perspective Kansas City, Gallery of Art, Johnson County Community College, curated by Raphael Rubinstein.
1997 Perspective Kansas City, Gallery of Art, Johnson County Community College, curated by Dan Cameron.
1995 50 Years of Chicago Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois.
1982 New Figuration in America, Milwaukee Art Museum, curated by Russel Bowman.
1978 Chicago and Vicinity Show, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Curated by Roberta Smith and James Speyer.