James Seffens

The Port Authority Bus Terminal, Chashama and the Hell’s Kitchen Foundation will present a selection of paintings by James Seffens at the Port Authority Bus Terminal’s “Project Find” space on 9th Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. The work will be viewable starting the evening of September 7 and will run through November 5th, 2018.

James Seffens’s painting are rendered in rust-proofing enamels combined with Japan Colors, a type of oil-based paint often used in sign-making. The works represent some of the artist’s life experiences, such as growing up on the rural edge of a village; fishing; road trips; and moving to New York City. The artist began to explore the idea of experience in his paintings in 2011, and continues to do so to this day. The selection on view was curated by artist and Local Project Gallery Space (LIC, Queens) director June Kosloff.

James Seffens was the recipient of the 2016 Artist Grant from the Hell’s Kitchen Foundation; he worked out of a Hell’s Kitchen storefront studio from 1980-2011, and met a lot of the neighborhood that way. Seffens is largely self-taught as an artist, but learned a great deal while working with Nicolás Cortés in his Hell’s Kitchen studio from 1980-1994, primarily sculpting and constructing pieces for store displays.

Seffens’s current studio is in Long Island City, where he has exhibited with Local Project Gallery Space, Plaxall Gallery, and the de Ford/Citibank Gallery. “Project Find” is an opportunity to bring his paintings back on view in the neighborhood where he has lived for 40 years.

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