ArtistCrystal JamesResidesUnited States
Mixed Media
Art Works Inc.
Richmond, VA. USA

Nanny Goat Gallery
Petaluma, CA. USA
Follow the ArtistInstagramThemesYouth and Beauty

About the artist

Crystal James was classically trained in painting and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Denver in 2007.  At the end of 2019 through 2022 she suffered a series of personal losses and a massive amount of change. 

Artwork Themes & Subject Matter

Crystal James’ art delves into the themes of youth and beauty, and food and death.

Youth and beauty are often seen as synonymous, but she believes that beauty goes beyond the surface level. As she depicts youthful subjects in my art, crystal aims to capture the essence of their innocence, curiosity, and wonder. She wants to celebrate the beauty that comes from living in the present moment, unencumbered by the weight of past experiences.

But as we grow older, we become more aware of our own mortality, and the concept of death becomes a more prominent theme in our lives. Food is a reminder of this reality, life is sweet but short. Through my art, she seeks to explore the bittersweet nature of this cycle, celebrating the joy of food while acknowledging that we will not live forever.

Ultimately, crystal’s art is a meditation on the impermanence of life, and the beauty that can be found in every stage of our journey. Through her depictions of youth, beauty, food, and death, she hope to inspire viewers to be present in the moment, and to appreciate the beauty and complexity of the world around them.


Crystal James’ work has been shown in Marvelous Art Magazine.

Upcoming Exhibitions

June 2024Group exhibition: “Myth”Modern Eden Gallery
San Francisco, CA. USA
June 2024Group exhibition: “Ephemeral”Nanny Goat Gallery
San Francisco, CA. USA
August 2024Group exhibition: “Carnival Fabulon”Brassworks Gallery
Portland, OR. USA
August 2024Group exhibition: “Group Show”Brassworks Gallery
Portland, OR. USA
September 2024Solo exhibition: “Everything falls apart, even the Mona Lisa”ArtWorks
Richmond, VA. USA



Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts


University of Denver Bachelor of Fine Arts

Internship at Denver Art Museum Conservation

Selected Group Exhibitions


Such and Such, BrassWorks Gallery, Portland, OR. United States

Bloom, RW Norton Gallery, Juried Show Shreveport, Louisiana, United States


Art Works: Group Showing Winter 2023, Richmond, VA. United States

Black and White Group Show, Metamorphosis Art Gallery, Perth Western Australia 

Middle Earth Group Show, “&” Gallery, Tucson, Arizona United States

WILD, Ann Marie Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Solomons, Maryland, United States

Group Show, Nanny Goat Gallery, San Francisco, CA. United States

Postcard Show, BrassWorks Gallery, Portland, OR. United States


Grtists Gallery: Group Show Open Call, Ellicott City, MD. United States


Virginia Commonwealth University Health, Richmond, VA. United States


Gallery 9, Phoenix, AR. United States

Las Vegas Museum Gallery of Fine Art, Las Vegas, NV. United States


Gallery 9, Phoenix, AR. United States

Wildlife, Las Lagones Gallery, Monterey, CA. United States

2018 Oceans, Las Vegas Museum Gallery of Fine Art, Las Vegas, NV. United States

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Crystal James - Skull Painting - 5

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