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McVicker was born in 1951 in Fontana, California. At age 21, McVicker was "jolted to life by looking at landscape paintings." Moved by the sensitivity he saw in ninteenth century french landscapes, his perception of the world was changed. At 24, McVicker committed to becoming a full-time artist and moved from Southern California to the North where he found a wealth of inspiration in the diversity and beauty of the region. A long-time resident of Humbolt County, his plein-air landscapes combine his love of the painting process and his deep appreciation of the environment.
McVicker's style has been described as invigorating and effortless. Through paint he pursues atmosphere, form, light, and solid drawing. In his work McVicker seeks to express the "elusive spiritual energy, the mystery of nature and life, [and] the unknown." He believes that without this sensitivity to the land, his work would be "merely marks on a surface."
Awards: 1993 Silver Award, "Discovery 1993", Art of California painting competition; 1992 Second Place, The Artists Magazine national still life competition; 1989 Award of Excellence, "California Works", California State Fair, Sacramento, CA; 1986 Arts Council Award, Humbolt County, CA; 1983 First Place, National Juried Exhbition, Rock Springs, WY.
2005 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Cody-Pettit Gallery, Eureka, CA; 2004 Piante, Eureka, CA; 2003 Humbolt State University First Street Gallery, Arcata, CA; 2002 Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco; 2000 Morris Graves Museum of Art, Humbolt, CA.
2004 "Bay Area Realists", John Pence Gallery, San Francisco; 2000 "Hackett-Freedman Gallery Artists", Shast College Art Gallery, Redding, CA; "Still Lifes from Hackett-Freedman Gallery", Spainerman Gallery, NY; 1996 "Contemporary American Realist Painters", Hall Crown Center, Kansas City, MO; 1994 "Art for the Parks Top 100", National Wildlife Museum, Jackson, WY; 1993 "Landscapes of the West", Phippen Museum of Western Art, Prescott, AZ; 1990 "25/25: 25 Portraits of Artists by Jim McVicker and 25 Works by the Artist", Humbolt Cultural Center Gallery, Eureka, CA; 1986 "Humbolt County Artists", California State Capitol, Sacramento; "Twenty Humbolt Artists", California Museum of Art, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, CA.
Works Held: Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA; Exxon Corporation, Irving, TX; Glendale Federal Savings and Loan, Los Angeles, CA; Bank of Loleta, Eureka, CA; Nagaragawa Ramada Hotel, Gifu, Japan; Ritz Calton Hotel, Pasadena, CA; The Sutter Club, Sacramento, CA; State of Wyoming, Douglas, WY
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.