About

James Shilaimon is an embodiment of the self-taught artist who is continually searching for ways to express the artistic voice that has been with him his entire life. This inner voice has lead James to develop his artistry in several different mediums. Whether painting in oils or watercolor or sculpting in stone, James is always exploring ways to convey his stylized expression.

Growing up in Greece, the cradle of the Masters, you begin to understand this passion and some of the influence that has shaped as well as guided James and his creations. James is driven by a need to be honest with his creative voice and also to be recognized by his artistic peers for his artistry and his respect for those that came before him. James has spent a considerable amount of his artistic life pursuing commission work while developing his craft.

With each new series from James, we see touches of the masters he has studied as well as the influence of Modern Day expressionist like Paul Ecke and Don Treadway.

 

Exhibitions / Recognition

Blue Contemporary, Cambridge, England, Group Show 2013
Transformation At Gallery 1951, Laguna Beach, Solo Show 2013
PI Gallery, LA, Group Show 2013
McNabb Martin Contemporary, San Diego, Group Show 2012
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, Group Show 2012
Gallery H, Santa Ana, CA, Group Show, 2012
PI Gallery, LA, CA, Group Show 2012
McNabb Martin Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, Group Show 2012
Gallery H, Santa Ana, CA, Solo Show 2011
PI Gallery, LA, CA, Group Show, 2011
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, Group Show, 2011
Japan Relief- Art Show Santa Ana, CA, Solo Show May, 2011
McNabb Martin Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, Group Show 2011
John Lewis Gallery, Santa Ana CA, Solo Show 2010
Gallery H, Santa Ana Solo Show 2010
PI Gallery, LA, CA, Group Show, August 2010
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA Solo Show 2010
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA Group Show March 2010
PI Gallery, LA, CA, Group Show 2010
The Steelcase Partnership Companies Auction Show, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
Pink Art Show, Dana Point, CA – Group Show, 2010
PI Gallery, Los Angeles, CA – Solo Show, 2010
John Lewis Gallery, Orange County, CA – Group Show, 2010
John Lewis Gallery, Orange County, CA – Solo Show, 2010
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA – Group Show, 2010
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA – Solo Show, 2010
Art Guilt, Huntington Beach, Ca, Group Show 2009
Corner Glass Gallery, Huntington Beach, Ca, Group Show 2009
Continuum Gallery, Palm Spring, Group Show 2009
Continuum Gallery, Palm Spring, Solo Show 2009
Gallery H Gallery, Santa Ana , Solo Show, 2009
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, Group Show, 2009
Huntington Beach Art League, CA – Recipient “First Place”, six times, 2009
Huntington Beach Art League, CA – Recipient “Best of Show” award, 2009
Huntington Beach Library, CA – Group Show, 2009
Continuum Gallery, Group Show, 2009
Continuum Gallery, Solo and Group Show, 2008
Art Guru Love Exhibit, The Artbar Gallery, Santa Ana, 2008 Auction
Continuum Gallery, Solo Show, 2007
William Merrill Gallery, Dual Exhibition “Transformation of the Real” Laguna Beach 2006
William Merrill Gallery, Group Exhibition “Small Treasures” Laguna Beach, CA 2005
Auction Show, Group Exhibit, Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing, LA, CA 2005
Mark’s, Private Collectors Show, Solo Exhibition, West Hollywood, CA 2005
Private Collectors Show, Solo Show, Beverly Hills, CA 2005
William Merrill Gallery, Group Exhibition “Landscapes” Laguna Beach, CA 2005
Auction Show, Chabad Jewish School, Laguna Beach, CA 2004
Auction Show, Group Exhibit, Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing, LA, CA 2004
Award, Orange County Fair, Wine label competition, Wild Coyote Vineyard, CA 2003
Auction Show, Group Exhibit, Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing, LA, CA 2003
William Merrill Gallery, Solo Exhibit of “Simple Pleasures” Laguna Beach, CA 2002
Private Collectors Show, Group Show, Laguna Beach, CA 1999
Private Collectors Show, Group Show, Los Angeles, CA 1997
Private Collectors Show, Group Show, Pasadena, CA 1994
Private Collectors Show, Group Show, Salt lake City, UT 1993
Cypress Guild Art Show, Group Show Awarded “Best new Artist” 1991
Cypress College, Group Show Awarded “Best In Show, Mixed Media” 1991
Buena Park Artist Guild, Group Show Awarded “Best New Artist” 1991
Buena Park City Hall, Group Show Awarded “Best Painting” 1991
Fullerton College, Group Show, Fullerton, CA 1990
Fullerton College, Group Show, Fullerton, CA 1989
Fullerton College, Solo Show, Fullerton, CA 1989
Fullerton Art Guild “Best Watercolor”, Fullerton, CA 1989
Fullerton Art Guild “Best Painting”, Fullerton, CA 1989
Fullerton Art Guild “Best New Artist”, Fullerton, CA 1989
Awarded College Scholarship for Artistic Achievement 1984
Won Three Student Art Awards, Buena Park High School 1980-84
Honored with Bank of America Fine Arts Council Award 1982
 

Articles & Entertainment

Laguna Beach Gazzette Article “Majesty of Light” 2013
Coast Magazine, Front Cover, May 2013 Issue
Southwest Art Magazine, Feature Artist, August 2012
Light House Japanese Magazine, March 2011
California Magazine, Feature Artist, 2009
Palm Spring Life Magazine December 2008 Issue
Coast Magazine, Front Cover January 2011issue
Coast Magazine, Front Cover, May 2005 Issue
Coast Magazine, Front Cover, Fall 2003 Issue
NBC Television Museum, permanent collection for the “Will & Grace” set – 2006
NBC Television Comedy Sitcom ” Will & Grace” – 2003, 2004, and 2005
Pilot Newspaper, front page write up – Laguna Beach, 2005
Coast Magazine – Orange County, December 2011
The Californian Newspaper/Arts and Entertainment, Temecula, 2009
The Art Issue Palm Springs Life, December 2008
The Bottomline Magazine February & March, 2008
Coast Magazine Cover – Coast Kids, October issue, Orange County, CA 2005
Orange Coast Magazine (cover page), Orange County, 2005
Coast Magazine Cover, May issue, Orange County, CA 2003
Winter Park Anchor Newspaper – August, San Diego, CA 1994
Alternative Newspaper – Article: “Faces of the Arts” February, Buena Park, CA 1994

Chronology

Fullerton Art College, Fine Art Major 1985-90
Cypress College, Fine Arts Program 1991-92
Masters University- Florence, Italy Focus on masters painting & sculpture 2000-01
Don Treadway Sculpture, Private Studies with noted sculptor 2000-02
Paul Ecke, Mentored with noted abstractionist for new body of work – “Simple Pleasures” 2002

 

Philanthropic Contributions

Mural – Saint Mary Church, San Jose, CA – 2011
Mural – Saint Barbara Church, Las Vegas, NV – 2009
Mural – Saint Matthew Church, Modesto, CA – 2007
Mural – Saint George Church (or is it Jorge or is it Jorge), Santa Ana, CA – 2007