"I create sculptures in an exacting personal fashion revealing the power of durable materials."

Photo of James Rosburg with J Nine Steel Sculpture

Shapes and forms are an expression of everyday life.

 

I stretch preconceived ideas of how geometric concepts fit together to spark an alternative perspective.

 

As a metal sculptor, I analyze and then simplify shapes, proving how intricate objects translate into fundamental elements.

 

Utilizing aluminum, steel, and found objects, I create sculptures in an exacting personal fashion revealing the power of durable materials.

 

Connecting with the observer is a combination of inspiration and intuition.  I invite the audience to walk around my sculpture and view everyday shapes and forms with a fresh point of view.

 BIOGRAPHY

 

James Rosburg was born in Sioux City, Iowa in 1957.  He received both a BFA and an Art Education degree in 1980 from the University of Iowa.

 

One of Rosburg’s many influences was his grandfather who was a civil engineer.  He encouraged his grandson to follow his path of designing bridges and building roads.  Rosburg said, “Although I did not pursue a civil engineering degree, it’s interesting that the tools I use for my art are some of the same ones he used.”  Many of Rosburg’s abstract metal sculptures incorporate similar angles and arches visible in bridges and architecture.

 

James Rosburg has always enjoyed creating and combining shapes and forms into unconventional configurations.  Knowing early in life he would pursue an art career, Rosburg studied ceramics and drawing along with metal fabrication and foundry at the University of Iowa.  During his studio studies Rosburg received two art scholarships and an invitation into the prestigious graduate level sculpture foundry class, taught by internationally known Professor of Sculpture, Julius Schmidt.

 

After completing his BFA, he worked with Chicago-based ConStruct Gallery.  There he learned the sculpture world nuances from notable contemporary American sculptors including John Henry, Charles Ginnever, and Lyman Kipp.  After three years of welding, operating cranes, delivering and installing large-scale contemporary sculptures, Rosburg opened an independent studio in North Miami, Florida.  This is where he began creating, fabricating and exhibiting his own work.

 

As a contemporary abstract metal sculptor, Rosburg expresses complex ideas in the simplest forms possible.  With three-dimensional shapes being the most difficult to render in metal fabrication, he utilizes aluminum, steel, and found objects combining them into edgy and whimsical forms.  The surfaces on his works range from monochromatic high-finish colors to rusty-brown weathered steel.  Most of his sculptures are freestanding ranging in size from two to seventeen feet.  Of prominent interest is his sculpture “Harlan” located in Jacksonville, Florida in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville.  Rosburg also creates smaller works grouping them into series that produce larger statements.

 

James Rosburg’s sculptures are in many private and university collections including Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; University of Georgia, Athens, GA; Rollins College, Winter Park, FL; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL; Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL.  He has completed commissions for Foram Group, Inc., Miami, FL; Sherlon Investments Corp., N.V., Jacksonville, FL; and Carolynn Korn Interiors, Miami, FL.  Rosburg’s one-person shows include Commune Di Bagno a Ripoli, Florence, Italy; Ken Elias Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL; Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, West Palm Beach, FL; and Esperante Sculpture Center, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, West Palm Beach, FL.  Rosburg has participated in group exhibitions at galleries, museums and sculpture gardens including: Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL; Downtown Development Authority, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL; Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL; Galleria Vialarga Provincea Di Firenze, Florence, Italy; Millelegni, Forme Del Legno, Pratovecchio, Italy; Dietrich Contemporary Arts, New York, NY; Appalachian State University, Boone, NC; Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL; and The New Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

 

James Rosburg currently lives and works in the Tampa Bay Area, Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT JAMES ROSBURG

Contemporary Abstract Metal Sculptor

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

James A. Rosburg, (b. 1957, Sioux City, Iowa)

813-468-9121 / james@rosburg.art / www.rosburg.art / Lutz, FL

 

Education

University of Iowa, BFA and Art Education, 1980

 

Solo Exhibitions

2004  New Works, Soho Arts South, Palm Beach, Florida

2002  Sculptures and Drawings, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

1997  Metal and Paint, Ken Elias Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida

1997  Esperante Sculpture Center, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, West Palm Beach, Florida

1996  Artisti in Viaggio, Commune Di Bagno a Ripoli, Florence, Italy

1995  Sculpture in Their Own Environment, J. Hyman; Representation by Gracie Lawrence Gallery, Delray Beach, Florida

1992  Sculptures in Steel and Aluminum, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, West Palm Beach, Florida

 

Duo Exhibitions

1997  Metal Sculptures, The Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

1991  Indoor/Outdoor Sculpture, Northwood Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida

1986  Sculptures and Drawings, Greene Gallery, Coconut Grove, Florida

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019  The Great Divide, Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, Florida

2007  Future World Sculpture Garden, EPCOT®, Walt Disney World Resort®, Florida; courtesy    Boca Raton Museum of Art permanent collection, Boca Raton, Florida

2004  International Orton Cone Box Show, NCECA Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana

2002  Outdoor Sculpture Show at Lyric Theatre Sculpture Garden, Stuart, Florida

2001  Indoor Sculpture Show, Palm Street Art Association, West Palm Beach, Florida

2001  Indoor/Outdoor Exhibition, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida

1998  Outdoor Show, Downtown Development Authority, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1997  Outdoor Show, Downtown Development Authority, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1997  Artisti in Viaggio, Fest Italiana, Ann North Sculpture Gardens, West Palm Beach, Florida

1996  Galleria Vialarga, Provincea Di Firenze, Florence, Italy

1996  Millelegni, Forme Del Legno, Pratovecchio, Italy

1996  Lincoln Park Sculpture Garden, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Illinois

1996  Three Sculptors, Gracie Lawrence Gallery, Delray Beach, Florida

1996  Inaugural Show, The Art Gallery, Palm Beach Community College, Edward M. Eissey Campus   Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

1995  Sculpture on the Grounds, Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, Belleair, Florida

1995  Palm Beach Community College, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

1994  Florida Gallery Artists, Ritter Art Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

1994  Inaugural Group Show, Dietrich Contemporary Arts, New York, New York

1993  Seventh Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

1993  Margulies Taplin Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

1993  Brickell Avenue Outdoor Show, Brickell Business Association, Miami, Florida

1993  34th Annual Hortt Competition, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1993  Lyons Gallery, Delray Beach, Florida

1992  The New Gallery, University of Miami, Miami, Florida

1991  Premiere Show, Art Star Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1987  29th Annual Hortt Competition, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1987  Projections, North Miami Museum of Art, North Miami, Florida

1987  New Acquisitions, Greene Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida

1986  Gallery Artists Show, Greene Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida

1986  Three Person Sculpture Exhibition, James Mastin Gallery, Miami, Florida

1985  In Site, Ten South Florida Sculptors, Florida Memorial College, Miami, Florida

1985  In Site, Ten South Florida Sculptors, New World Center Campus, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida

1985  Miami’s Own, The New Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

1984  Group Sculpture Show, Greene Gallery, Coconut Grove, Florida

 

 

Collections

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida

Contemporary Museum of Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida

Cornell Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida

Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

 

Commissions

Peterson’s Harley-Davidson of Miami, Miami, Florida

Foram Group, Inc., Miami, Florida

Sherlon Investments Corp., N.V., Jacksonville, Florida

Skandia Showroom, Carolynn Korn Interiors, Miami, Florida

 

Selected Publications and Media

Arts & Culture Magazine, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, vol. 15, no. 4,

August/September 1997, Page 3

“Expressions,” Palm Beach Illustrated, December 1997, Pages 46-47

“Lincoln Park Sculpture Garden,” State Journal-Register, Springfield, Illinois, August 28, 1996

“Gallery De Vialarga,” LaNazione, Florence, Italy, July 4, 1996

“Gallery De Vialarga,” Mattina Arte, Florence, Italy, June 21, 1996

“Gracie Lawrence Gallery Review,” Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, January 25, 1996

“Society Line,” The News, Delray Beach, Florida, November 1994

“Art on Brickell,” Miami Today, Miami, Florida, November 26, 1992

“Projections Show,” Miami Herald, Miami, Florida, May 19, 1987

“Projections Show,” Miami Herald, Miami, Florida, May 16, 1986

“Greene Gallery,” Miami Herald, Miami, Florida, May 16, 1986

Rosburg, James.  Interview.  Mark Shaffer Feature, WPLG Local 10 News, Miami, Florida, April 1986

Tropic Magazine, Miami Herald, Miami, Florida, March 23, 1986

Rosburg, James.  Interview.  “Something on 17,” WLRN-TV, Channel 17, Miami, Florida, 1985

 

Teaching

1994  Lecture Series, Friends of Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida

1987-1993  South Florida Art Institute, Dania, Florida

 

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Photo of James Rosburg with J Nine Steel Sculpture
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