JP Stamos is an artist living in Florida with his wife Christa and daughter Jenna. He attended Rhode Island School of Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA and MFA). JP has been active in fine art for several decades and has exhibited paintings in numerous group and solo exhibitions. He is also an accomplished digital artist and marketing media specialist with many notable clients and design awards.
I’ve loved the sea my whole life. As a child I was fascinated with shells and boats and anything to do with the water. I imagined the faraway places the shells came from; sunlit tropical shores or the cold depths. A shell is a hard thing, made of the same stuff as limestone but it’s form is fluid and free, a recording made by the living thing that made it. Paintings are like shells, made of layers of material built up over time; a record of the living thing that made them.
My subjects come from my personal shell collection. Broken and whole, store-bought and found on the beach. They are photographed digitally and enhanced, where necessary, with digital image editing. They are then transferred to canvas by hand and rendered using traditional oil painting techniques - a combination of the newest technology with some of the oldest.
My intention is to create images that reveal themselves over time, that can be seen in different ways with each viewing. They are intended to enhance the living space of the people who own them by providing an object of contemplation that allows them to relax and reflect on the mystery of life. It’s the quality of light as it plays over the organic shapes. The subtle complexity of form that seems at once familiar and strange that compels me to make these things.
JP Stamos was born in Hartford Connecticut in 1962. He grew up in the suburb of West Hartford. Showing promise in art he was encouraged to participate in a variety of arts education programs when he was in middle and high school. These included group and individual classes and collaborative projects through local schools and institutions such as the University of Hartford and the Wadsworth Atheneum. JP graduated from high School in 1980.
JP then moved to Providence, RI to attend Rhode Island School of Design. While there he learned the essentials of art and design and participated in numerous exhibitions. He graduated in 1984 with his BFA degree in painting.
In 1988 he went to the Midwest for graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There he pursued both painting and digital art. He received his MFA degree in 1989.
After graduation he began working in media design, specifically motion graphics for video post-production. Throughout this time, he continued to make paintings and began showing his art at the DeGraaf Fine Art Gallery in Chicago. He had his first solo exhibition there in 1992. He continued showing there and participated in several group shows around town. In 1994 JP had his second solo exhibition at the Carole Jones Gallery also in Chicago.
In 1995 JP Stamos and his future wife Christa moved to Milwaukee, WI for work as art director at Wisconsin’s premiere video post-production facility The Finishing Group. Throughout this period, and up to the present, JP has been honored with numerous awards for excellence in media arts and graphic design in television commercials, graphic animation, product and packaging design.
By 1998 newly married and ready for a fresh start somewhere warmer, the Stamoses and their two cats moved to South Florida, in part to be closer to his parents. Having found work as art director at Five Star Productions in Delray Beach, JP exhibited his art on several occasions at Art Fusion in Boca Raton. They moved north to Jupiter in 1999. Shortly thereafter JP began exhibiting at the Mars Gallery in Hobe Sound. In the early 2000s, following the birth of his daughter, Jenna, JP began showing at the Broadway Gallery in Ft. Lauderdale and had a solo exhibition there in 2004. From 2005 – 2007 his works were exhibited at Beyond Décor on Palm Beach Island.
2009 was a year of change. Up to this point JP’s works had been primarily in a biomorphic abstraction mode. Now, with a desire to return to the roots of painting, he began working in a more representational way, creating canvases featuring seashells, clouds, and water, rendered in a hyper-real and/or subtly surreal mode. Since 2006, JP Stamos has been head of media and design at Fresh-Aire UV (a manufacturing company) in Jupiter, Florida.
MFA – School of the Art Institute of Chicago - 1989
BFA – Rhode Island School of Design - 1984
2018 - group show - 28th Annual All-Florida Art Juried Exhibition
2018 - solo exhibition - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Treasure Coast, Stuart, FL
2007 – group show - Beyond Décor, Palm Beach, FL
2006 – group show - Beyond Décor, Palm Beach, FL
2005 – group show – Broadway Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2004 – solo exhibition – Broadway Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2004 – group show – Broadway Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2004 - group show – Mars Gallery, Hobe Sound, FL
2003 - solo exhibition – Mars Gallery, Hobe Sound, FL
2003 - group show – Mars Gallery, Hobe Sound, FL
2003 - group show – Mars Gallery, Hobe Sound, FL
2002 - solo exhibition – Mars Gallery, Hobe Sound, FL
1999 - group show – Art Fusion, Boca Raton, FL
1998 - group show – Art Fusion, Boca Raton, FL
1994 – solo exhibition – Carole Jones Fine Art, Chicago, IL
1993 - solo exhibition – De Graaf Fine Art, Chicago, IL
1992 - group show – De Graaf Fine Art, Chicago, IL