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May Issue 2006
SOLO Art Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC, Features Works by James Emerson Crompton
New Work: James Emerson Crompton, a solo exhibition featuring his recent oil paintings, is on view through June 10, 2006, at SOLO Art Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC. Brilliantly colored, emotionally evocative Carolina landscapes, figurative work including blues musicians, European street scenes and stirring maritime vistas will be on exhibit at the gallery.
Born to a family of professional musicians, Crompton chose art as his vocation. After attending Florida Southern College, he then pursued his career in art full-time at the Art Students League in New York City. Crompton later drew cartoons for Stars and Stripes after joining the Army. He continued his art education in Europe, where he spent two years attending ecoles in La Rochelle, France and Madrid, Spain. Upon returning to the United States, Crompton was admitted to the Art Center School in Los Angeles, one of the most prestigious and competitive centers for the study of art in the United States.
Crompton has participated in juried art exhibits and has won numerous awards. While living in Florida, he taught at various art schools and through his own studio, The Crompton Art Academy. Now living in the mountains of North Carolina, he continues to conduct workshops for artists and is a well-respected and very popular teacher among students of art. While in Florida, Crompton was a member of Art in Public Places. He was commissioned to do many murals and oil paintings for public places, including the Department of Veterans' Affairs and the University of Florida.
Crompton's love for the outdoors leads him to paint the magnificent scenery of the Carolina mountains as one of his favorite subjects. From broad mountain vistas and river gorges, to cows grazing peacefully on farmland, his paintings evoke a warm emotional response from viewers. A great strength lies in the care with which Crompton organizes his paintings and his use of color. He first determines the mood and composition of the painting abstractly through the use of strong color. Overpainting and highlighting with fine brushwork give his work an impressionistic quality. Then, using the techniques of glazing learned during his years of training, Crompton enhances the primary colors of his basic composition to complete the painting.
Crompton's classical training shows through in every one of his paintings, as individuals and landscapes are portrayed with vivid colors and romantic expression.
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