James Griffin

b 1949

Jins photo


James Griffin is one of the leading illustrators in the book publishing world, having created thousands of cover and inside illustrations for clients such as Random House, Harper Collins, Viking Penguin, Berkley Books, St. Martins Press, Harlequin, Zondervan, Scholastic Books and many others. His covers can be found in most book stores .

In addition, he has continuously been doing artwork for himself, where subject, technique and design are of his own choosing and in which he can indulge his passion for painting, without the constraints of the publishing world. His love of color and design are evident in these paintings, along with vigorous brushwork that reveals his excitement with paint in all its textural glory.

The Florida series, which he is currently working on, are filled with a sense of joyous light and color. They often contain small anomalies of geometric shapes filled with color or pattern that interact with the overall image by inviting the viewer to look at the image as an abstract composition, as well as a depiction of a scene.


"Interview" by Su Byron, Style Magazine, Dec 2018

"Artists Origin Story" by Marty Fugate, Herald Tribune, July 2016

"In Studio" by Phil Lederer, SRQ Magazine, June 2015

"Natural Talent" by Mallory Gnaegy, Observer, A & E Editor

Meditations on Light by Su Byron, Style Magazine

Sarasota Visual Arts, "Luminous Color, A Journey"



Large Canvas 1             Large Canvas 2             Medium Canvas 1           Medium Canvas 2          Small Canvas         Commissions

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The Osprey


The Osprey





Under the Ringling Bridge


Under the Ringling Bridge




Winter Sun


Winter Sun






The Mystical Light


The Mystical Light...



In the Banyon Shade


In the Banyan Shade...



Homes & Driveways


Homes & Driveways...





Concertina for Cicadas


Concertina for Cicadas





Works in the collections of:
USMC Museum, Quantico, VA
Museum of Art & Whimsy, Sarasota, FL
Corporate and Private collections worldwide.

Solo Exhibitions:

Sunlight Seduction, March 2014, Dabbert Gallery
Luminous Color - A Journey, February 2012, Dabbert Gallery
Dreams and Projections, Cunneen-Hackett Cultural Center, Poughkeepsie, NY.1993

Group Exhibitions:
Season of Color, Dabbert Gallery 2013
Summer Showcase, Dabbert Gallery b 2013
Lasting Impressions, Dabbert Gallery, 2013
A Legacy Of Sarasota Masters Dabbert Gallery 2013
First Prize Oil Painting, Art Buzz Collection, 2013
Fall Preview Dabbert Gallery 2012
Summer Showcase, Dabbert Gallery 2012
Expressions in Time, Dabbert Gallery 2011
Season of Color, Dabbert Gallery 2011
Summer Showcase, Dabbert Gallery September 2011
Spring’s Promise, Dabbert Gallery 2011
Legacy of Sarasota Masters, Dabbert Gallery 2011
A Holiday Symphony For Your Eyes, Dabbert Gallery 2011
A Season Of Color, Dabbert Gallery 2010
Summer Showcase, Dabbert Gallery 2010
The Florida Seven, Dabbert Gallery 2010
Expressions In Color, Dabbert Gallery 2009

Eaton Collection at the Rivera Library, University of California, June 2009
Urban Ambience, Juror’s Award, Watson Studio Gallery, Blanco TX 2008
Cooperstown Art Association 64th Annual National. Cooperstown, NY. 1999
National Juried Exhibition. Denise Bibro Gallery, Soho, NY 1997
39th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art. Chautaqua, NY 1996
Annual Juried Show, Art Center Of Northern New Jersey, Milford, NJ 1995
Multi Focus International. Council For The Arts,Plattsburgh, NY. May, 1995
Art Of The Paperback, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY. 1995
Passion. National juried show, Peconic Gallery, Riverhead NY. 1994
Passion. Sage Gallery JCA Albany, NY May, 1994
Provoked Images, Cunneen-Hackett Center, Poughkeepsie, NY 1993.
Feeney Gallery, Milton, NY. Group show 1993
Imagination, Nationally Juried Show. Peconic Gallery, Riverhead, NY 1993
The Armory Show, Visual Arts in Dutchess County, NY. 1992
Annual Juried Show. Mid-Hudson Arts & Science Center, NY1989
Fifth Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibit. Barrett House, NY. October, 1989
Hudson Valley ’89. Fifith Annual Juried Show Poughkeepsie Armory. 1989
Jacobsen O’Leary Galley, Torrington , CT 1989
Society Of Illustrators, New York, NY. Art Of The Paperback. 1987
Society Of Illustrators, New York, NY. Annual Invitational show. 1980
Grand Central Galleries, New York, NY. The Real Show 1979
Clinton Hill Artists, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 1978
James Yu Gallery, Soho, New York, 1976
BAM community Contemporary Artists. Valsamis Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. 1975
Petite Gallerie, Sao Paulo, Brazil. 1974
Fall River Annual Invitational, Fall River, MA. 1974
Pratt Institue Annual Invitational. First Prize, Drawing category. 1974
Fall River Annual Invitational, Fall River, MA 1973

First Prize Oil Painting, Art Buzz Collection, 2013
Urban Ambience, Juror’s Award, Watson Studio Gallery, Blanco TX 2008
17th Annual Florida Print Award. Martin Litho. 2004
Artemis Award, Contemporary Single title cover. 1996
Annual Invitational show, Society Of Illustrators. New York, NY. 1976. Award:
best Young Adult Book Cover.



Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 1972


Book Illustrations:

James has created around 3000 illustrations so far for clients such as:

Avon Books, Ballantine Books, Berkley Books, Dell, Doubleday, Harcourt, Harlequin, Holt Rhinehart Winston, Little Brown, New American Library, Random House, Rounder Records,The Bradford Exchange, The Wall Street Journal, Viking Penguin, Italian Vogue, Zondervan and Zebra.