James Spitzer was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the year 1936. He studied at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earning BS, MA, and MFA degrees under the tutelage of a variety of well-known masters: Alfred Sessler, Dean Meeker and Warrington Colescott. Early in his career, he taught at Colleges and Universities in New York, Arizona, and Wisconsin, but turned to full-time drawing, painting, woodcut and sculpture.
Spitzer has shown extensively from coast to coast with solo shows at Carus gallery in New York City, New York University, Cornell College, Ithaca University, University of North Carolina, Southern Florida University, Sonoma State University, etc. Spitzer lives in Santa Rosa, California.
His works are varied. They include large murals in woodcut, wherein the woodblock itself becomes the final work, large muralistic paintings in acrylic, and large scale to tiny pen and ink drawings on paper. Woodcut on paper, an early favorite medium, occupied a recent period with 90 new works the result. Currently he is working in acrylic medium in a variety of transcendental themes that defy nomenclature. He completed several small works in bronze. Fifty of Spitzer’s drawings were featured with 50 of Michael Brenner’s sketches in a joint showing of 100 drawings. This catalog is available from J. C. Leissring Fine Arts Press.