James Reynolds was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1968. He is a photographer and draftsman, primarily working with the human figure. He has been an artist in resident at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City, A teaching artist at Studio in a School and has worked in the education department at the Guggenheim Museum for the last decade. He has received a New York Foundation of the Arts grant for his ELDER drawings and has been featured in an article for Art News, February 2013. James Reynolds was photographed for Zun Lee’s book Father Figure, 2014 and Joy Thomas’ The Art of Portrait Drawing. He has illustrated two Children’s books for Henry Holt and Company, A Treasury of African American Christmas Stories. He has had solo shows at Parsons, The New School, NYU, and exhibited works in group shows at the Jamaica Center for arts and Learning, Montclair Museum in Montclair, New Jersey, and Art in Harlem Artist collective.

James was chosen to participate in Harvard University’s, Passion and Arts Driven Learning Summer Institute in 2013. His current photographic project is entitled, “Finding One Two Fifth” focusing on photographs across the human Diaspora.

His works are included in the collections of Oprah Winfrey, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Carver Federal Savings Bank, Maxine Roach, daughter of jazz great Max Roach, Vernon Reid of the band “In Living Color”, Reverend Dr. Calvin Otis Butts of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Ms. Lana Turner, and private collections in the US, Caribbean, Africa, and the Philippines.


He lives and works in Harlem, New York.

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