Ann James Massey

Ann James Massey SWA, CPSA, UKCPS, CLAWC
Email Address: ajmassey@annjamesmassey.com
Mailing Address:
4, rue Auguste Chabrières, 75015 Paris, France
Phone: (33) 1.75.51.72.45    Fax: (33) 1.40.43.90.38
Studio Address (by appointment only (33) 1.55.53.88.73):
La Fabrique Ateliers, Atelier 30,
2 rue Edouard Vasseur, 94200 Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Dial 011 first when calling from the States
Paris is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time
US Address
3100 Titanic Ave.
El Paso, Texas 79904-3021
Phone and Fax: 1 (915) 757-7880 Alt. Phone: 1 (915) 755-6979

 

Table of Contents:
Selected Writings by Ann and Related Articles
Recent and Upcoming Events
Printed Resume
Selected Exhibitions and Shows
Selected Honors and Awards
Selected Publications
Selected Memberships
Recommended Links

A passion for detail and a deep admiration for the artists of the past have guided International award winning artist Ann James Massey toward mastery in "realism."

After moving to Europe in 1994, and living among the masters' works she has emulated, her focus sharpened. Immediately her fascination with Europe's marriage of history and modernism became a primary factor in her subject matter with a juxtaposition of past and present. Always keeping in mind that premise, she then moved from recreating reality into creating composite scenarios that could be perceived as real. Now she is adding into that mix the element of homage for the influencing and precious factors in her life.

Since 1970, Massey has created images through twenty to forty layers of wax pencil, achieving depth and detail not associated with charcoal or graphite. These intricate drawings won awards starting from her initial art competition in 1972 and have gone on to win numerous awards in national and international competitions, as well as recognition in books and magazines.

In 1990, she began complementing her precise drawings with equally detailed paintings that immediately followed the same award winning and recognition path.

Despite the illusion of tight realism, Massey's work is drawn freehand and is not created through any mechanical or reproductive means. In most cases, it would be impossible to take a photograph to recreate her mature final compositions exactly, as she intentionally distorts reality (even perspective) to create a far more pleasing (and natural) composition, just as the Old Masters have done.

Recent and Upcoming Events
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Sorry this area has been so spare of late. An interview conducted by Monica Gomez on KTEP radio with Massey helps explain about her recent unfortunate hiatus from the art world. http://ktep.org/post/state-arts-artist-ann-james-massey

"The Blessing of the Animals" is progressing perforce a little slower than usual, but nonetheless amazingly well. The anticipated completion date will be in 2017.
Selected Writings by Ann and Related Articles (click on any entry to view)
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"But I Thought the French Were Rude...?" (article), Massey Fine Arts Newsletter
"Painting the rich and mighty" (letter), The International Herald Tribune
"The Leonardo code" (letter), The International Herald Tribune
"Art Profiteering" (letter), The International Herald Tribune
Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" (article) Massey Fine Arts Newsletter
David Hockney's "Secret Knowledge" (article) Massey Fine Arts Newsletter
David Hockney's "Secret Knowledge" (article) The Art Renewal Center
Articles by others on David Hockney's "Secret Knowledge" (article) The Art Renewal Center
Revisiting the book: "Secret Knowledge: rediscovering the lost techniques of the Old Masters" by David Hockney (article), Massey Fine Arts Newsletter
"Art in the Trash" (letter) The International Herald Tribune
"The Ebb and Flow of Art" (letter), Time Magazine (European Edition)
"The Nude in Art" (article) Massey Fine Arts Newsletter
"The Real Difference Between Men & Women" (article) Massey Fine Arts Newsletter

Full Resume including general information on Massey's techniques
Download PDF (in English) Updated December 2016
Télécharger le PDF (en français) Updated December 2016

Partial Resume
Download PDF (in English) Updated December 2016
Télécharger le PDF (en français) Updated December 2016

Biographical Info

Born:  November 9, 1951
Evanston, Illinois USA
Parents: Fred K. and Imogen Moore James
Worked under names: Ann James, until 1974
Ann James Zotz, 1974 - 1989
Ann James Massey, 1990 - present
Owned and operated: The Montwood Gallery, El Paso, Texas 1974-1978
Massey Fine Arts, Santa Teresa, New Mexico 1992-1994

Selected Exhibitions and Shows (Juried or Invitational)
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From Here to There
A retrospective in 1996 of 26 years of drawings and paintings by Ann James Massey,
Chamizal National Memorial, El Paso, Texas, USA
The Society of Women Artists 136-144th & 146-148th Annual Exhibitions visit website
Westminster Gallery, Westminster Central Hall, London, ENGLAND
American Artists Professional League
62nd, 63rd, 65th, 67-69th, 71st, 73rd, 74th, 78th & 80th Grand National Exhibitions
visit website
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY USA
The Third Worldwide Exhibition of Fine Arts in Miniature visit website
Smithsonian Institute, Arts and Industries Building, Washington, DC USA
5th World Federation of Miniaturists Exhibition
Gallery of Russian Academy of Art, Moscow, Russia
Knickerbocker Artists Annual 40th and 41st National Open Exhibitions
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY USA
Allied Artists of America 77th & 87th Annual Exhibitions
National Arts Club, New York, NY USA
Academic Artists Association 43rd National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism in Art
First Church Gallery, Springfield Mass USA
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 99th, 102-105th, 107th & 112nd Annual Exhibitions visit website
National Arts Club, New York USA
The Miniature Painters, Sculptors, & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.
61st, 63rd, 64th & 71st Annual International Exhibitions
visit website
Art Club of Washington, Washington, D.C. USA
The Miniature Art Society of Florida's 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 27th, 30th & 35th International Miniature Art Show visit website
Bellview Mido-Resort Hotel, Clearwater, FL (20-24th),
St. Petersburg Museum of Art, St. Petersburg, FL (25th)
Dunedin, FL (27th & 30th)
Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, Fl (35th)
8-10th UKCPS Open International Exhibitions visit website
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery, Birmingham, UK (8th)
Stamford Art Centre, Stamford, UK (9th)
Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, London UK (10th)
The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Prize Exhibition 2003
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery, Birmingham ENGLAND
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open Exhibition 2001
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery, Birmingham ENGLAND
The Royal Scottish Academy 176th Annual Exhibition
McLellan Galleries, Glasgow SCOTLAND
The UK Coloured Pencil Society 2nd & 3rd Annual Exhibition
Patchings Farm Art Centre, Calverton, Nottinghamshire ENGLAND
The Fourth Annual United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society's International Exhibition 2005
Kington, Herefordshire, UK
1993-1995 International Colored Pencil Exhibitions visit website
('93) Birmingham, MI, ('94) Portland, OR, & ('95) Cleveland, OH USA
Women Reflect, three woman exhibition
Carlsbad Museum of Art, Carlsbad, New Mexico USA
International Nexus '92
Trammell Crow Art Center, Dallas, Texas USA
Oil Painters of America
The Prince Gallery, Chicago, Illinois USA
Cercle des Arts de Paris Salon d'Exposition de Peinture, Sculpture et Gravure
Marie du 4ème arrondissement de Paris FRANCE
American Drawing Biennial III
Muscarell Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia USA

Selected Honors and Awards
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Inclusion in the Art Renewal Center online museum specializing in classical and realist art
Inclusion in the Art Renewal Center's Living Masters Gallery
Among the initial 36 artists chosen for the honor of being named a true living master
Barbara Tate Award for an Oil Painting
The Society of Women Artists 140th & 141st Annual Exhibitions, London ENGLAND
John R. Grabach Memorial for Oil
The American Artists Professional League 71st Grand National Exhibition, New York, NY USA
Silver Medal of Honor in the Graphics and Drawing Division
Knickerbocker Artists Annual 40th National Open Exhibition, New York NY USA
The President's Award for Pastels & Graphics
The American Arists Professional League 74th National Exhibition, New York, NY USA
The Derwent Award
The World of Coloured Pencil, Cumberland Pencil Museum, Greta Bridge, Keswick, England
Frank C. Wright Jr. Medal of Honor in Pastel and Graphics
The American Artists Professional League 78th Grand National Exhibition, New York, NY USA
The Derwent Award
The UK Coloured Pencil Society 3rd Annual Exhibition, Calverton, Nottinghamshire ENGLAND
The Allied Artists Award
The American Artists Professional League 73rd Grand National Exhibition, New York, NY USA
Katherine A. Lovell Memorial Award for Oil
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 102nd Annual Exhibition, New York, NY USA
American Artists Professional League Award for Graphics
The American Artists Professional League 62nd Grand National Exhibition, New York, NY USA
National Arts Club Award for Graphics
Allied Artists of America 77th Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York, NY USA
First Place in Drawing, Pastel, and Scrimshaw
The Miniature Art Society of Florida's 20th & 25th International Miniature Art Shows,
Clearwater, FL & St. Petersburg, FL USA
First Prize in Graphics
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Members Exhibition 2002,
The Broome Street Gallery, New York, NY USA
Director's Award
The American Artists Professional League 69th Grand National Exhibition, New York, NY USA
Best of Show $6,500.00 Purchase Award
1991 Sierra Medical Center's Annual El Paso Art Association Exhibitions,
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas USA
Huthsteiner $3,500.00 Purchase Award
1992 Sierra Medical Center's Annual El Paso Art Association Exhibitions,
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas USA
Frank B. and Mary Anderson Cassidy Memorial Award for a Human Family Theme
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 107th Annual Open Exhibition, New York, NY USA
Grand Prix du Salon (Best of Show)
33e Salon National d'Art de l'Automne, Société Régionale des Amis des Beaux Arts,
Issoudon, FRANCE
Finalist in the Portrait Category
The Artist's Magazine 1995 Art Competition (top 200 out of more than 9,500 entries) &
the 1993 Art Competition (top 200 out of more than 11,500 entries)
Exclusive Cover Art
The Colored Pencil Society's 1992 Membership Directory (only the 2nd artist to be so chosen) USA
Special recommendation "for uniqueness and originality"
The UK Coloured Pencil Society 2nd Annual Exhibition, Calverton, Nottinghamshire ENGLAND
The People's Choice Award, The Lyra Award, and a Special Commendation
The Fourth Annual United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society's International Exhibition 2005
Kington, Herefordshire, UK
Winner
Art Calendar Magazine Quarterly Natinal Juried Centerfold Competition (top 20 out of 368 entries) USA
Second Prize Oil or Acrylic in Oil Technique & the same painting was chosen for the show poster
Women Artists of the West Fourth International Juried Competition, Biloxi, Mississippi USA
Inducted into the El Paso Artists' Hall of Fame in 2001

Selected Publications (listing article or artwork included in)
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Books
Who's Who in American Art (since 1993); Strokes of Genius 2 (1 drawing included), Best of Colored Pencil 1 (5 drawings included); Best of Colored Pencil 2 (1 drawing included); Best of Colored Pencil 3 (1 drawing included); Portrait Inspirations (1 drawing included); Colored Pencil Basics (1 drawing included); Exploring Colored Pencil (2 drawings included); Getting the Word Out: The Artist's Guide to Self Promotion (1 drawing included); Dixonary (1 drawing included); From Shiloh to Durham: the 5th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at War (cover illustration)
Magazines
International Artist
International Showcase of Award Winners: UK Coloured Pencil Society (April/May 2005)
The Artists Magazine
("Pencil Perfect Renderings" by Ann James Massey with Sandra Angelo - May 93,
"New Titles to Expand Your Knowledge" book reviews by Ann James Massey - Sept 93)
Ventanas, Ann James Massey by Myrna Zanetell (Fall 2006)
American Artist Magazine (Mar 94)
Dog Fancy Magazine (Mar 94)
Business 94 (Dec/Jan)
Southwest Woman Magazine (Jan 93)
Mensa Bulletin, The Magazine of American Mensa (Apr 99 - cover, Apr/May 02 - cover)
The Art Calendar (Mar 99, Dec 99)
Time Magazine
(European Edition July 2000 "Ebb and Flow of Art" letter by Ann James Massey)
Manhattan Arts International (Mar - Apr 2000)
InformArt Magazine (Spring 2002)
El Paso Life (Mar/Apr, May/Jun 2002)

Selected Memberships
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The Society of Women Artists visit website
Invited Membership, ENGLAND
American Artists Professional League visit website
New York, Invited Membership, Fellow Maxima Cum Laude USA
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club visit website
New York, Invited Membership USA
Colored Pencil Society of America visit website
Signature Member
(1 of only 16 members granted signature membership status in the first year available)
Charter Member
United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society (UKCPS) visit website
Silver Signature Member
President and Honorary President from 2004 - 2010
Mensa USA visit website

 

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