a young artist, James Cromartie's major patron was the Late Nelson
Rockefeller, who introduced him to the art world. Since then, he
has become America's leading hard-edge realist and one of the nation's
leading historical artists. Other patrons include Tom Brokaw of NBC
News, The Late Roger Firestone of Firestone Tires and Luther Hodges
of the National Bank of Washington.
James Cromartie is credited with introducing the style of hard edge
realism into the art world. This style of painting is done in acrylic
paint on wood panel and depicts all objects in the composition in exquisite
detail. The resulting work is both dynamic and serene, in a style reminiscent
of those of Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth.
Principal among his historical work are "The U.S. Capitol" and
the "White House", which were chosen by the U.S. State
Department to hang in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow as symbols of democracy.
honor was particularly meaningful because his fourth great grandfather
was James Hoban, the architect who designed the White House. He was
also commissioned to paint the Smithsonian Institute's castle, and
prints of this painting are presented as gifts by the Smithsonian
to visiting dignitaries.
His work has met with overwhelming success in one-man shows across
the United States. His paintings and prints are represented in collections
in 125 countries around the world.
H. Cromartie, with his Hard Edge Realism, projects a bold striking
statement that offers many levels of interpretation. It is not
realism as we know it. The work is quiet, elusive, and tranquil.
The brilliant handling of light, the impeccable technical qualities,
the serenity of content
so profound, yet so simple, so painstakingly
rendered. A magic world, Cromartie's world plucked from the past,
frozen in time.
Brilliance cannot be defied, nor genius denied. It is all here. James
Cromartie's Hard Edge Realism has received well deserved recognition
and praise across America. What Grant Wood, Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth,
and many others have done, artistic evolution it seems, has granted
us something more."
Art Critic, Atlanta Journal