A native of the Carolinas, James Crowley is completely self-taught. Predominantly known as a portrait artist of extraordinary talent, he also creates exquisite still life and figurative works of art.
Crowley has immersed himself in the study of the Old Masters, specifically Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Velasquez, Titian, Piero Della Francesco, and other greats of painting. For more than four decades, he has scrutinized and studied hundreds of texts, thousands of paintings and sculptures, and traveled extensively to personally examine great works throughout the world.
The influence of early Florentine mannerists, i.e. Pontormo, Bronzino, and particularly Andrea del Sarto, can be found in Crowley’s work. Combining the ingenious techniques of those artists with his own natural, innate talent, Crowley’s work is marked by the uncanny ability to not only capture the perfect physical likeness of his subject but also a more complicated reflection of the subject’s personality. Crowley’s list of commissions includes an NFL team owner and leading faculty members at some of the nation’s most prestigious universities. Georgetown University is the single largest holder of Crowley’s paintings. On their campus, seventeen portraits of some of the nation’s leading physicians, businessmen and women, and spiritual leaders may be found.
In 1984, Crowley accepted President Ronald Reagan’s invitation to serve on the inaugural Cultural Property Advisory Committee. The committee was given this charge: investigate and protect the world’s most endangered art and artifacts. This experience allowed Crowley to work alongside some of the most prominent archeologists and museum curators in the world. In 1988, when President George H.W. Bush was elected to office, he asked Crowley to serve an additional term.
Horses are also a passion of Crowley’s. Growing up on the backs of hunters and jumpers, he spent the summers of his youth working in barns, and his weekends on the show circuit. He helped break racehorses in Tryon, North Carolina, and when the leaves turned; Crowley was often found fox hunting in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. His personal expertise with horses is clearly evident in his equestrian paintings.
We encourage you to contact the gallery if you are considering commissioning a portrait. We will be glad to provide you with information about the process and pricing. We will have Crowley’s still life and other figurative works in the gallery also and hope you will visit the gallery and our website to view his work.