James Verbicky

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Biography

Canada, b.1973
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from Polish descent, James Verbicky lived the majority of his early life between Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. As an adult, Verbicky moved to the U.S., and after struggling with legitimacy for many years, he was awarded the rarely bestowed ‘Extraordinary Ability’ green card from U.S. government due to his extensive involvement with a myriad of museums, galleries, charity organizations, and publications across America. In 2008, his work was selected for a 110 year-old juried exhibition at the Louvre, in Paris, France, with the Societie Nationale des Beaux-Arts.

In 2010, Verbicky debuted the media paintings, mixed media works that stimulate the viewer with both content and texture. The three dimensional surfaces transcend traditional painting and venture into the realm of sculpture, and by utilizing vintage media and graphics, advertisements, and obsolete branding materials, Verbicky presents us with the result of decades of attempts to persuade, manipulate, and coerce through subtle and suggestive imagery. His works are at once deeply conceptual and hauntingly beautiful and abstract, capturing both forgotten and persisting icons of media and reminding us that we are constantly being influenced.

Verbicky original works are counted in thousands of important private, public, celebrity, and museum collections in countries all over the world. He collaborates frequently with philanthropic organizations, using his artwork to raise thousands for nonprofits like Waterkeeper Alliance and the Art of Elysium. His works have been the focus of international exhibitions, from Berlin, to New York City, to Boston, Los Angeles, and San Diego, and have been auctioned by Sotheby’s & Christie’s.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

“Semiotics” Featuring James Verbicky, Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
“James Verbicky ~ Omniscience”, Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, ID
Quinientos Cincuenta, Mexico City, Mexico

2015

Coral Springs Museum, Coral Springs, FL
Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA

2014

“Divisonaire”, Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
“Mode Selector” Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Laguna Art Museum Fundraising Auction, Laguna Beach, CA

2013

“Era” Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2012

Art Houston, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, Houston, TX,
“ICONICITY” Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Laguna Art Museum, Palette to Palate Charity Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA
Sothebys Charity Auction to Benefit the Waterkeeper Alliance, Art for Water, New York, NY
Laguna Art Museum, Charity Fundraising Live Auction, Laguna Beach, CA
Joanne Artman Gallery, Force Bloom, Laguna Beach, CA
“Blitz”, Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA

2011

“Diffusion”, Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2010

“The Borderlands of Atmosphere “, Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA

2009

“Sheeple”, Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA

2008

Karen Lynne West Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Emmy Awards, Beverly Hills, CA

2007

Karen Lynne West Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

2005

The West End Gallery,Greenville, SC

2004

Karen Lynne Gallery,Boca Raton, FL

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

Laura Rathe Rine Art, Dallas, TX, 2-Man Show
Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum/Sun Valley, ID, 3-Man Show
DTR Modern, Boston, MA, 2-Man Show

2014

Art Silicon Valley, Joanne Artman Gallery ArtAspen, Forre Fine Art
DTR MODERN, Washington D.C., 2-Man Show
DTR MODERN, Boston, MA, 2-Man Show
Dallas Art Fair, Madison Gallery, Dallas, TX
Scope & Art Basel, Forre Fine Art, Miami, FL
Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Laura Rathe Fine Art, TX
Houston Fine Art Fair, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, TX

2013

DTR Modern, Boston, MA, 2-Man Show
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair , Madison Gallery

2012

DTR Modern, Pop Art: Today + Yesterday, Group Show, Boston, MA
Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, Mark My Words, Group Show, New York, NY
Fellini Gallery, Amarcord, Group Show, Berlin, Germany
“The Red Show”, Group Show, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary, New York, NY
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA
San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Los Angeles Art Show, Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Felini Gallery, Group Show, Berlin, Germany
Houston Fine Art Fair, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York, NY

2011

Felini Gallery, Group Show, Berlin, Germany
“Fresh Blood”, Madison Gallery, Group Show, La Jolla, CA
Cheryl Hazan Contemporary, The Red Show, Group Show, New York, NY
Cheryl Hazan Contemporary, The Writings on the Wall, Group Show, New York, NY
PhotoLA Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA
Art Santa Fe, Art Fair, Santa Fe, NM

2010

Design for Humanity, Billabong, Los Angeles, CA
Laguna Art Museum, Oscene, Group Show, Laguna Beach, CA
LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

2009

Joanne Artman Gallery, Group Show, Laguna Beach, CA

2008

Lourve Museum, Societie Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Group Show, Paris, France

2006

Karen Lynne West Gallery, Group Show, Beverly Hills, CA

2004

Frank Gehry Art Sphere Project – Track 16 Gallery, Group Show, Bergamot Station

AWARDS

Invitation, Societie Nationale des Beaux-Arts, the Louvre, Paris, France ‘Extraordinary Ablity’ Green card / Residency

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS

2015

Art of Elysium Fundraising Auction, Sothebys Auction House

2013

Art of Elysium Charity Auction, Christie’s Auction House

2012

Sothebys Charity Auction to Benefit the Waterkeep Alliance, New York, NY
Houston Ballet Charity Fundraising Auction, Houston, TX
Laguna Art Museum, Annual Fundraising Charity Live Auction, CA
Laguna Art Museum, Palette to Palate Charity Fundraiser

2011

Laguna Art Museum, Fundraising Auction, original work donated, CA
LA ARTSEEN Charity Launch, To Benefit the ‘Identify’ Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

2010

Billabong’s Design for Humanity’, original work donated
Cool Globes Project, original work donated
‘The Collective Sound’, original works donated
‘Schoolpower’ Annual Fundraising Auction, original works donated

2009

Rady’s Children’s Hospital Annual Fundraising Auction, original work donated

2008

‘Teen with a Dream’ Foundation, original works donated

2007

Boys & Girls Club, Annual Art Judge (2007-2009)
One.org, Combating Extreme Poverty, original works donated

2006

Zimmerman Children’s Museum of Los Angeles, original works donated