James Fee Revisited January 4 — March 31, 2023

James Fee [b. 1949 Knoxville, IA] was only 56 years old when he passed away from liver cancer in 2006. He left behind two distinct bodies of work, "Photographs of America" and a series of nudes that were influenced by Cezanne and Edmund Teske. CEG first showed his work in 1993, and in two more group show before his solo exhibition in 2000.  

"Photographs of America” focused on the changes he saw happening in America including images of abandoned industry, apocalyptic cities, and profound loneliness. As he said in a 1999 interview in the San Francisco Chronicle, "Anything that was being torn down and removed from our landscape was of interest to me, because I feel that is what is happening to us as individuals."

His figurative work tackled society’s obsession with the female form. In numerous pieces, Fee addressed sexuality by photographing its taboos including naked bodies, a naked woman satisfying herself, and couples together in an obvious embrace. Using art historical and religious references within his titles, Fee opened the door for direct interpretation, adding visual and textual clues. Correggio, in which two blurred women recline in laughter, directly refers to the famous “Jupiter and Io” in which a young woman and an amorphous figure, who appears in a cloud of smoke, engage in a passionate embrace.

Shortly before Fee passed away, CEG received a large box with the following note:

             Dear Catherine: I have wanted to send you this gift of my photographs for several years now. I know you put a lot of energy in my work, and I left rather quickly. You must’ve lost money on the last show with all the framing and promotion. I hope the small gift of a few photos might help pay you back… Please feel free to do as you like with the photographs, keep for yourself or sell. Thanks, James Fee.

In the spirit of this gift, CEG is offering his photographs for $1200 each, regardless of size or series. All pieces are in terrific condition and signed by the artist. Please email for all inquiries catherine@edelmangallery.com

 

 

In the spirit of this gift, CEG is offering all photographs for $1200 each, regardless of size or series. All pieces are in terrific condition and signed "James Fee, Artist Proof" or simply signed. Please email catherine@edelmangallery.com for all inquiries 

James Fee
Baton Rouge, LA., 1992
James Fee
Brooklyn Walker, 1990s
James Fee
Correggio, 1990s
James Fee
Desert Walkers, 1999
James Fee
Film director David Lynch doing a Francis Bacon, 1990s
James Fee
Harrisburg, PA [#040], 1992
James Fee
Jasper's Flag, 1995

sold

James Fee
Malibu , CA [#001], 1992
James Fee
Newport News, VA [#027], 1992

sold

James Fee
Peoria, IL [#057], 1992
James Fee
Plain View, 1998
James Fee
Pt. Mugu, CA [#025], 1992
James Fee
San Felipe, 1995
James Fee
San Felipe, Mexico, 1995
James Fee
Untitled (2 hands), 1990s
James Fee
Untitled (2 women embrace), 1990s
James Fee
Untitled (2 women embrace), 1990s
James Fee
Untitled (2 women holding each other), 1990s
James Fee
Untitled (2 women looking at camera), 1990s
James Fee
Untitled (2 women seated), 19902
James Fee
Untitled (2 women walking away), 1990s
James Fee
Untitled (Eastern State Penitentiary), c. 1999
James Fee
Untitled (Father/son), 1998
James Fee
Untitled (female nude with arms crossed), 1990s
James Fee
Untitled (house), c. 1992
James Fee
Untitled (landscape with tree), 1998
James Fee
Untitled (rocks), 1990s
James Fee
Untitled (Woman in profile)., 1990s
James Fee
Untitled (woman seated), 1990s
James Fee
Untitled (woman with hand), 1990s
James Fee
Untitled (woman with legs up), 1990s