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"El éxito no es la clave de la felicidad. La felicidad es la clave del éxito. Si amas lo que estás haciendo, tendrás éxito".     -  Albert Schweitzer

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Pintura equina en curso.

J ames 'Kingneon' Guçwa nació con un pincel en la mano. Nunca tuvo ninguna duda de que, de una forma u otra, se convertiría en un pintor profesional de bellas artes. Este era su sueño.
D espués de la obtención de un BFA en la pintura, anhelaba más y comenzó un estudio adicional como estudiante privada en el Dan Welden litográfica Estudio en Long Island, Nueva York, y poco después, como aprendiz de pintura en el taller de arte del fallecido pintor contemporáneo, Gregory Gillespie , (Beca Fulbright, Museo Whitney, Museo Hirshhorn, Galería Forum, Nueva York).

El postimpresionista francés, Paul Gauguin, se mudó a Tahití para vivir y pintar su gente y su paisaje tropical. Admirando la elección de este artista, Guçwa se fue a la isla de Jamaica para hacer lo mismo.

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Vista de James desde su casa en el patio trasero de Port Antonio, Jamacia

Purchasing just a one-way ticket, his easel, paints. a 10-speed bike, and $300., I set off to the Caribbean. I  was looking for an inexpensive shack to rent, away from tourist areas.  My legs pedaled me around the island until I found the town of Port Antonio where my days were painted away while drinking coconut water, Red Stripe beers, and swimming. After a few months, however, I realized my cash was running low when a Jamaican entrepreneur approached him. The man wanted me to paint him a sign for a new lobster house he was planning to open.  I never painted a sign before, but needing the money, so accepted his offer. When I returned to the states, it was this sign that prompted me to begin painting vintage signs on canvas as fine art. 
I'm currently represented by the Leslie Levy Fine Art Online Gallery and the Xanadu Gallery, both in Scottsdale, AZ
.  I would welcome additional representation at a quality gallery outside Scottsdale.

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

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'Motel Blue Swallow'  acrílico sobre panel, 15 "x 24"

My photorealistic paintings of vintage neon signs caught the eye of one fine art gallery after another and before long I was having one-man exhibitions in some of the finest art galleries across the country, from Scottsdale to L.A., San Francisco to New York City, and points in between. In 1998 I was made an Officially Licensed fine artist for Harley-Davidson, Chevrolet-Corvette, and Mattel Toys/Hot Wheels Division. The two images below are available as limited-edition, museum quality, signed and numbered, paper prints (not posters)

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

'Bill y Wanda'  acrílico sobre lienzo, 64 "x 48". Se encuentran disponibles impresiones de edición limitada.

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'Rey y yo'  acrílico sobre lienzo, 64 "x 48".  Se encuentran disponibles impresiones de edición limitada.

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'Retrato del artista'  acrílico sobre lienzo, 30 "x 24"

I'll paint any subject of your choice, in your favorite style. Use your imagination and let me bring your idea into reality. Heck, I'll not only paint a masterpiece for you, I'll serenade you with some smooth jazz, and read something from one of the books I've authored. How about a mural on the wall of your business or home? The sky's the limit, (I know, that cliche is worn out already). Hope to hear from you soon.

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Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, Newark, N.J.

The School of Visual Arts, N.Y.C., N.Y.

Memphis Academy of Art, Memphis, TN

Bachelor of Fine Art Degree

Arizona State University, Special Masters Program with contemporary masters Ralph Goings and Robert Bechtle.


Private study with Dan Welden, Dan Welden Lithographic Studio, Deer Park, Long Island, N.Y.

Apprenticeship with the late Gregory Gillespie, Belchertown, MA.


The Peabody Hotel (a National Historic Landmark), Memphis, TN,

painted 'The History of Memphis' large scale historic mural.

The City of Mesa, Mesa, AZ. The Mesa Southwest Museum.

painted six historic murals.

Made an "Officially Licensed" fine artist for Harley-Davidson, Chevrolet/Corvette, and Mattel Toys/Hot Wheels Division.


2009, 2021, 2024 - Talon Gallery - Northland Pioneer College, Show-Low, AZ

1997 2000 - Bruce R. Lewin Gallery, SOHO, N.Y.C.

1988, 1990, 1997 - Leslie Levy Fine Art Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

1993, 1996 - Modernism, San Francisco, CA.

1999 - Shwartz-Cierlak Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1985, Miami State University, Miami, FL.


Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

Leslie Levy Fine Art, Online gallery,  Scottsdale, AZ  


Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

Uptown Gallery, Manhattan, N.Y.

Horwitz-Newman Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

Vannier Fine Art Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

The Cultural Exchange, Scottsdale, AZ

Eiteljorg Museum of American Western Art, Indianapolis, IN

Begovitch Gallery, Cal State Fullerton, CA

'Common Tread, Traversing the American Landscape'

Los Angeles County Museum, L.A., CA


Voyageur Press, 'This Old Harley.'

Kingneon Books, 'Signs of Art'

California State University Fullerton, Mike McGee, 'Common Tread'

Modern Media Publishing Ltd., Airbrush Art + Action International

Voyageur Press, 'This Old Corvette.'

The Open Studios Press, 'New American Paintings' Number 12.

Chronicle Books, Barnaby Conrad III, 'The Martini.'

Eiteljorg Museum of American Western Art, Mike McGee, 

'New Art of the West.'


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