ABOUT THE ARTIST

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."     -- Albert Schweitzer

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Equine painting in progress.

James 'Kingneon' Guçwa was born with a paintbrush in his hand. There was never any doubt in his mind that, one way or another, he would become a professional fine art painter. This was his dream.
 After obtaining a BFA in painting, he yearned for more and began additional study as a private student at the Dan Welden Lithographic Studio in Long Island, N.Y., and shortly after, as a painting apprentice in the art studio of the late contemporary painter, Gregory Gillespie, (Fulbright Scholarship, Whitney Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, Forum Gallery, N.Y.C.).

The French post-impressionist, Paul Gauguin, moved to Tahiti to live and paint its people and tropical landscape. Admiring this artist's choice, Guçwa left for the island of Jamaica to do the same.

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James' view from his backyard home in Port Antonio, Jamacia

His first large-scale mural was commissioned by the historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis where he painted The History of Memphis mural. The Mesa Southwest Museum, in Mesa Arizona, also commissioned him to paint six, large, historical murals

The artist in studio painting a large diorama mural for the Mesa Southwest Museum.

Painting a 'Diorama' wall mural for the Southwest Mesa Museum.

Since 1988 he’s had one-man exhibitions year after year in some of the finest galleries in the country, from Miami to Scottsdale, Santa Monica to San Francisco, and ultimately several in N.Y.C.  He is often referred to as 'Kingneon' because of the hundreds of canvases he has painted of the American roadside, mostly using the subject of vintage neon signs.

Gucwa's painting of 'The Blue Swallow Motel.' Acrylic on canvas, 15" x 24.

'Blue Swallow Motel' acrylic on panel, 15" x 24"

In 1998 Harley-Davidson, Chevrolet/Corvette, and Mattel Toys/Hot Wheel Division made him an Officially Licensed fine artist. James has painted many original 'personalized' paintings of Harley and Corvette owners with their motorcycles or cars and would be happy to paint yours.
Over the years there have been numerous feature stories of Guçwa’s paintings in art magazines, newspapers, and books, along with various interviews on TV.  Signs of Art, the photoreal paintings of James ‘Kingneon’ Guçwa have been published in both hard and softcover editions, along with several other books.

'Bill and Wanda's' among the first Harley-Davidson painting that was printed and circulated to H-D dealerships throughout the country.

'Bill and Wanda' acrylic on canvas, 64" x 48". Limited Edition prints are available.

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'King & I' acrylic on canvas, 64" x 48".  Limited Edition prints are available.

After painting for decades as a photorealist, he recently reduced the number of galleries representing him  This change and independence allowed him more freedom to experiment in new painting styles, along with greater flexibility in pricing his originals.

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'Portrait of the Artist' acrylic on canvas, 30" x 24"

James will paint any subject of your choice, photo-realistically or in his more recent Fauvism style (shown above). He also paints caricatures, portraits, and even old master studies you've always admired. The good news is that he is usually willing to work with you to paint an original that fits into your budget. It should be noted that the artist will hold any painting with a small deposit and can make arrangements for convenient periodic payments to be made on any piece of art until fully paid. If you like his work, he suggests you contact him directly for a satisfying result.


In addition to painting, Guçwa has published four of his Artbooks, and using the pseudonym of J.G. Cragg, two novels, and one non-fiction book.  He also plays saxophone and the EWI (electric wind instrument, shown below) professionally. The music on the Home page is James playing his EWI.  He also enjoys chess (challenge Kingneon on chess.com).

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