jim hubbman - painter/printmaker
    Artist's Biography

Artist's Statement

I spend quite a bit of time setting up a still life as subject for painting or printmaking, probably more time than I spend doing the initial line drawing. Usually I start with some item that is visually interesting, quirky or even a bit obscure, often an older item that is no longer in common use. Then I start trying to match the item with other objects, adding on, taking away if something doesn’t work or if I think of something better or more intriguing. As the pieces come together, usually something starts to gel in the relationships between items, both visually and in the suggestions of intellectual, emotional or spiritual connections they evoke. Often the dynamic that presents itself will get me thinking about aspects of human relationships, or the characters of people I know or see. Each work is an open-ended narrative, exploring questions regarding human nature.

Academic history:

Bachelor of Fine Arts,
Maryville University, Saint Louis

Recent Exhibitions:

Context is Everything,
My half of a Two-person show at The Arts Company in Nashville, TN, showing new watercolors and mezzotints.
Dirty Fingernails Say a Lot,
Juried printimaking exhibition at the Foundry Arts Centre, St. Charles, Missouri. Juried by Chad Andrews, director of visual arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts
National Print Show 2006, Juried printimaking exhibition at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center. Juried by Kathleen Caraccio

Emerging Artists, Near and Far,
Three person show at The Arts Company, Nashville, Tennessee
Honors Awards 2005,
Art Saint Louis, a group exhibit juried and curated by Tim Liddy, Professor of Art at Fontbonne University, Saint Louis, MO


Chesterfield Arts, Gallery Grand Opening, 4-person exhibition
Watercolor USA, annual national juried exhibition. Juror: Joseph Jacobs, Curator of American Art, Newark Museum, N.J.
Awash in Color, juried exhibit of the St. Louis Watercolor Society, award winner. Juror: Don Getz, AWS
Big Splash, St. Louis Watercolor Society members exhibit, award winner. Juror of Awards: John Troy, Professor of Art, Lindenwood University
Validating the Object, Art St. Louis juried exhibition, award winner. Jurors: Kent Addison, Professor of Art Emeritus, Maryville University, and David East, Asst. Professor of Art, University of Missouri Columbia
Foundry Artists Exhibition, Foundry Art Centre

Watercolor USA, annual national juried exhibition, award winner. Juror: Shelley Langdale, Asst. Curator of Prints and Drawings, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Alumni exhibition, Morton May Gallery, Maryville University Saint Louis
Big Splash, St. Louis Watercolor Society members exhibit, award winner. Juror of Awards: Ted Wood, Professor of Art, Lindenwood University

Memberships and Associations

Foundry Art Centre, artist in residence
Saint Louis Watercolor Society, member
Art Saint Louis, member artist
Watercolor USA Honor Society, member