James Chaffee

James Chaffee

James Chaffee’s images arrive out of the process of painting and are characterized by their sumptuous brushwork and use of color in support of his love for the properties of paint. His color and brushwork describe imagery and space as the figure becomes the willing tool in support of his energy and passion for painting. He respects the great tradition of Bay Area Figuration as well as the work of contemporaries Frank Auerbach, R.B. Kitaj and Jenny Saville. James Chaffee was born in Detroit and graduated from Michigan State University. He studied further at MSU, California State University, Long Beach and at the University of California, Davis.