James LeFlore

About the Artist

Jimmy LeFlore graduated from Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in sculpture. In 1993 he returned to San Antonio and took on various jobs in the arts, including with gallerist Dorothy Katz at the former Sol Del Rio Gallery (across from Cambridge Elementary), creating a start-up business called Michael & Gello Fine Art Services, working as wax/metalworker at Stevens Art Foundry, and as a preparator for the Witte Museum. Later on Jimmy worked under Carla Stellweg at Blue Start Art Space as Program Manager for three years. Throughout these years Jimmy continued to participate in various group exhibits submitting painting and sculpture, however his vocation became supporting artists. In 2000 Jimmy was hired by the City of San Antonio to work for Felix Padron with the Design Enhancement Program in the City Architect’s Office of the Public Works Department. In 2002 he took over the program when Padron became Director over the Office of Cultural Affairs. Over the next 18 years he developed the program’s staff and commissioned hundreds of permanent artworks, developed master plans, and established a collaborative relationship with many non-profits and institutions to advance public art throughout the city. In recent years his interest in returning to a studio art practice emerged. In 2018 he had his first solo exhibit at Lone Star Studios during Contemporary Art Month entitled “Late Bloomer” which featured paintings and drawings that were intricately cut painter’s blue tape, as well as cardboard and found materials. Since then he’s continued producing small scale new work that is based in free association, packaging culture, and exploring absence and materiality. His latest series of works are paintings and sculpture made from grocery bags that have been turned inside out to become something completely different but familiar, like an ancient object or masa ball. The inside out process begins by rolling the bag into itself – flipping the yin yang relationship between outer and inner, masculine to feminine, creating materiality from the void, manifesting a post-consumer reality that exponentially increases value beyond what was purchased or purchasable, and making art that’s fun.

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