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Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1973 from Polish descent, James Verbicky lived the majority of his early life between Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. As an adult, Verbicky moved to the U.S., and after struggling with legitimacy for many years, was awarded the rarely bestowed "Extraordinary Ability" green card from the U.S. government due to his extensive involvement with a myriad of museums, galleries, charity organizations, and publications across America. Verbicky has developed a strong presence in the contemporary art market in the U.S. and abroad. He is widely known for his atmospheric abstract expressionist work; his use of light and color described by critics as "suggesting impossible, intangible places." (Peter Frank, Critic, 2009). In 2008, his work was selected for a 110 year-old juried exhibition at the Louvre, in Paris, France, with the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts. In 2009, Verbicky debuted a new series of mixed media works that bring an entirely new, sculptural element to his oeuvre, utilizing foreign vintage paper and abstract form. Combined with his broad catalogue of expressionistic paintings, Verbicky works are counted in hundreds of private, public, celebrity and museum collections in countries all over the world.
James Verbicky’s striking multimedia works defy easy description, deftly combining elements of collage with layers of resin and dye to form panels that burst with color and texture. Verbicky’s appropriation of vintage advertising imagery invites viewers to contemplate a culture of media bombardment, while his masterful sense of proportion and color stimulate the senses.
"The media paintings bridge the gap between sculpture and painting by binding fragments of vintage media to one another, double-exposing language and image and melting them in upon themselves. By unearthing and layering the remnants of dozens of decades of disparate generations, the media paintings transcend simple words and images and become objects containing the essence of human culture." - James Verbicky