James Hoston | 1963 | Freeport, Long Island
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Jim Hoston was born in Freeport, Long Island and is a graduate of S.U.N.Y. @ Farmingdale, Pratt
Institute, and the New York Academy of Art respectively. While at the Academy, he was an Andy
Warhol scholarship recipient both years that he attended. A few of the noted professors that Jim studied
with are Ted Schmidt, Walter Erlebacher, Xavier DeCallaty, and realist painter Jack Beal.

Jims diploma painting Universal Injustice was received with rave reviews and he was featured in
American Artist magazine for new emerging artist. In the same year Jim started working full-time at
Marvel Comics in the famous Bullpen. During this time he helped put together such comics as X-men,
Spiderman, Fantastic Four, The Avengers and many more. He painted comic covers and colored several
books monthly as well as the Marvel Annual Reports (1993-1995). Jim has also illustrated for Scholastic,
McElderry books, McGraw Hill Publishing, Macmillan Publishing, Precedence Entertainment,
Publications Ltd., Uniworld Group, Gray Advertising, the American Medical Association, the Sands
Casino, and Sony Music to list a few.

In 1996, he began assisting the world-renowned artist Jeff Koons on his recent Celebration series of
paintings. These new paintings were shown in the Venice Biennial, the Guggenheim museums in New
York and Bilbao, Spain, as well as private collections.During the years from 1998 to the summer of 2000 Jim had been painting murals with Evergreene Painting Studios in New York City. Several projects he assisted on were the new Venetian Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Saks Fifth Avenue (Chicago), the Womens Basketball Hall of Fame in Tennessee, the Flynn theatre in Vermont, the Allen County Courthouse in Indiana, as well as other venues throughout the United States. He also taught at Pratt Institute in the Illustration department and portrait painting at the New York Academy of Art during these years too.

In the year 2000 his work was included in the Classicism Now exhibition at the Hirschl & Adler Modern
Gallery in Manhattan, the Society of Illustrators Gallery of N.Y., the Rock Foundation Gallery in NC and
the Atlantic City Museum Gallery in NJ. In the April/May issue of International Artist Magazine Jims
work was show in the Master Painting Section for the United States and in 2001 he received a full-page
article on is work in the European edition of Arte magazine from Milan, Italy.

In June of 2002 Jim was included in the well-received Black Romantic Exhibition at the Studio Museum
in Harlem and in September had a Solo Exhibition in Newton, MA. In 2003 he has exhibited in Beverly
Hills, CA, East Hampton, NY, The African American Museum in Hempstead, NY, and the Salmagundi
Club in Manhattan for two different juried exhibitions respectively. In 2005, Jim illustrated the Childrens
book titled Shop Talk, for Scholastic, Inc., and in 2006 an early reader picture book titled John Henry. His
work will be included in the 60 Anniversary, USAF 1947-2007 at the Museum of American Illustration
as well as the You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby traveling exhibition beginning at the Museum of
American Illustration in Manhattan.

In 2007 he assisted in the installation and in-painted the ceiling installation for The Music Hall in
Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In 2008, he took part in the re-creation of the original Empire State
Building lobby murals for the 500 million dollar restoration initiative. Each panel created took 20 steps to
complete and included 24 Karat Gold trim in the art deco design. It took a team of 5 artists rotating day
and night shifts to complete the project in less than a year. Jim assisted in the installation and in-painting
of over a dozen murals for the 35,000 square foot private Mercer mansion in the Secret Room on the
north shore of Long Island.

In the spring of 2008, Jim lead a team of four artists to help restore the sky region for the Gettysburg
Cyclorama painting by French artist, Paul Dominique Philippoteaux, completed in 1882. The mural was
restored to its original dimensions of 50 x 397 by the National Parks department. Evergreene was in
charge of recreating over 6,400 square feet of new sky to the painting. We worked with a team from
Poland and Washington D.C. to complete the addition in less than 8 weeks. In July, Jim traveled to Dubai, Saudi Arabia to help install and in-paint several murals for the Atlantis Hotel main floor corridors, Royal Suites, Presidential Suites and Bridge Suites overlooking the Palm Jumeirah Island. (The eight wonder of the world) My work experience was that of a supervisor, painter and project manager between other departments while on-site. I worked on that project for almost 7 weeks.

Finally, during the summer of 2009, Jim assisted the world famous abstract painter Dorthea Rockburn in
managing a team of 4 artists to create a mural for the American Embassy to be installed in Jamaica, West
Indies. The painting was 45 high x 17 wide and housed and created at the Queens Museum of Art, in
New York.

Currently, he teaches part-time at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and the New York Academy of Art in
Manhattan. He maintains a studio in Brooklyn, New York.

 


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