James Perrin

Artist Statement


My paintings are translations of visual and non-visual influences synthesized into images that take form from various aspects of nature, contemporary art and art history, music, literature, science, religion, personal relationships, and anything that affects me directly and indirectly consciously and unconsciously.

I paint with the intent to bring into existence images which I only could make through a process of intuitive technical and formal choices. I draw from previous paintings and drawings, combine them with current influences, and strive to communicate aspects of my experiences that go beyond the possibility of verbal communication. I seek to make images that validate themselves in the context of contemporary culture and art history.

I let intuitive impulses guide me through the painting process. I listen to marks I put down rather than dictate an idea onto the canvas. I see ideas as a catapult for images not the momentum. I don't chain my paintings to specific ideas anymore than I would chain myself to a springboard, but draw from anything I believe will benefit and aid in the completion of a powerful image.


James Perrin [b. 1975, Kenton, TN] a Nashville resident, received his BFA in Painting from Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA in painting from Boston University.  His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Nashville and Memphis, as well as nationally in Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Boston, Massachusetts; Kansas City, Missouri.  In 2014 his work was in included in the exhibition Abstractometry at the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee.  Perrin has also had a solo exhibition in Venice Italy.  Perrin's work is included in collections in Nashville, Boston, and Rome Italy.  From 2004-2006, he was Artist in Residence at Freed-Hardeman Univestity, Henderson, Tennessee.  


Boston University, Boston, MA 1999-2001 
Master of Fine Arts in painting

American University, Washington, D.C. Fall 1998 
Study for MFA in Perugia, Italy

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO 1993-1997 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting

Selected Exhibitions

2015   Upcoming Solo Exhibition, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN 

2014   University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (Solo Exhibition)

2013   Abstractometry, The Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, TN 

2013   Gallery Forty AU, Nashville, TN (Solo Exhibition)

2011   Scientists and Artists Picture the Intangible, Gallery F, Scarritt Bennett, Nashville, TN 

2010   Conglomerate, New Paintings..., Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN 

2009   Group Exhibition, Perry Nicole Fine Art, Memphis, TN

2009   Biblical Proportions Invitational Group Exhibition, Blue Genie, Austin, TX

2009   Group Exhibition Curated by Zeitgeist Gallery, Terrazzo, Nashville, TN 

2008   Group Exhibition, Perry Nicole Fine Art, Memphis, TN

2008   Dialogue 1: Painting, Group Exhibition, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN 

2008   Dialogue: Painting, Group Exhibition, Zeitgeist Gallery, L & C Tower, Nashville, TN 

2008   Dialogue: Painting and Photography, Group Exhibition, Zeitgeist Gallery, L & C Tower, Nashville, TN

2008   Radius 10, Curated by Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN 

2007   Field Guide, 4 Person Exhibition, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 

2006   Central South Art Exhibition, Tennessee Art League, Nashville, TN 

2006   The Red Show, Perry Nicole Fine Art, Memphis, TN 

2005   National Compact Competition, Juried Group Exhibition, LSU Union Gallery, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA

2003   Solo Exhibition, Freed-Hardeman University Art Gallery, Henderson, TN 

2003   Scene/Unseen, Juried Group Exhibition, Runnels Gallery, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM

2003   Invitational Group Exhibition, Blue Genie Art Industries, Austin TX

2003   Will's Creek Art Survey, Saville Gallery, Cumberland, MD

2003   Central South Art Exhibition, Juried Group Exhibition, Leu Gallery, Belmont University, Nashville, TN

2003   9 Ingredients, Invitational Group Exhibition, Edgewater Art Gallery, Orlando, FL

2002   Solo Exhibition, Galleria Perela, Venice, Italy

2001   MFA Thesis Exhibition, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA

2001   Solo Exhibition, Open Court Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA

2001   Invitational Group Exhibition for Summer Concert Series, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA

1997   Places in the Heart, 3 Person Exhibition, Guerrilla Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Selected Collections

Creative Artists Agency, Nashville, TN 

Tennessee Arts Commission 

Boston University 

Grimaldi Collection, Rome, Italy