I am a visual artist from Brooklyn, New York, currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. I attended the School of the Worcester Art Museum and Clark University where I earned my undergraduate fine arts degree in painting and sculpture. For a number of years I worked as a printmaker and my works are found in numerous private and corporate collections. I was represented by Orion Editions. My latest solo shows were at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia and with OnoEditions, a print group I founded in Vancouver, British Columbia. My work has also appeared on the New Landscape Photography blog.
My artistic influences include the Boston School of the 1980s, artists like Katherine Porter, Robert Cronin, Todd McKie, as well as Elizabeth Murray, Jules Olitski (whose studio was across the street from my loft in Brooklyn), Gene Davis, Anthony Caro, Bruce Nauman, Larry Smith, Tony Smith, Richard Tuttle, Richard Serra, Donald Judd, Mark di Suvero, Isaac Witkin, Robert Morris and a few others. I like to keep this list around and look it over from time to time. Color field painting was most influential. Many of my current photos are influenced by these aesthetics. When I take out my list of influential artists the names remind me of particular lines, spatial arrangements and the life found in a lyrical mark or considered surface.
Important photographers and writers: Martin Parr, Alex Soth, Robert Adams and a few others guide my camera. Robert Adams most of all. Writers include Yi Fu Tuan, John Brickerhoff Jackson, and others in the field of human geography.
Most of my work focuses on issues of people relating to the landscape, including structures they build, gardens they tend and what they leave behind. Often there are no people present, or identifiable, as my interest is in the traces they leave.
My work can also be found on Tumblr at jimroche.tumblr.com and at google+: https://plus.google.com/+JimRochePhotography and at Ello: https://ello.co/jimroche1 There I often put up test shots taken with my iPhone, sometimes photos by other artist that interest me, and whenever I run across a good video of an artist talk or interview, I post it there.
Works are available in limited editions of three to five. Sizes depend upon the individual work ranging from 10x15 and 26x39 inches. Occasionally there are larger pieces, and pieces of unusual ratios. Please contact me directly about prints.