Past Exhibition

James Juthstrom

Abstract Paintings


Curated by James Cavello

WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC presented the work of James Juthstrom (1925-2007), an extraordinary artist who lived and worked in New York City throughout his life. His artwork as recently re-discovered, uncovering five decades of painting,drawing, etching and sculpting.

This reclusive artist moved in the circle of New York School artists and abstract expressionists. He was passionate about expressionism, from his early concentration on color relation, similar to Milton Avery, to his later work, reminiscent of Mark Tobey. In the 1960's Juthstrom's lines and strokes were loose, until a time when he began to paint intricate patterns of small circles or hatch marks on canvas and paper. On large canvases, measuring from eight feet across, to the largest at twenty seven feet across, the artist spent countless hours painting an infinite maze of colored circles with hidden formations that become visible under light. Juthstrom's paintings reflect his fascination with the cosmos, mathematical formulas and biology, interspersed with personal anguish in his passion for art. The artist removed himself from the commercialization of his artwork, even though he lived impoverished, his truth was in the creation of art. In addition to large scale canvas paintings, Juthstrom worked extensively on paper.

The paintings and drawings on paper embody Juthstrom's progression throughout several decades, and emphasize his skill with shape and structure. Works on paper from the 1960's and 70's are masterful works in minute detail, using a variety of techniques, suggestive of outsider artists.


Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013 - Full Circle, Westwood Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2011 - James Juthstrom paintings from the 1960s and 1970s, Westwood Gallery, NYC

  • 2009 - James Juthstrom Retrospective, Westwood Gallery, New York, NY

  • 1975 - Landmark Gallery, Landmark Gallery, New York, NY

  • 1960 - Paul Schuster Art Gallery, Paul Schuster Art Gallery, Cambridge, MA

  • 1957 - Gallery G, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

  • 1958 - The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY

  • 1957 - Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI

  • 1956 - New York City Center Art Gallery, New York, NY

  • 1956 - Young Americans, Gallery G, New York, NY

  • 1956 - Paul Schuster Art Gallery, Cambridge, MA

  • 1956 - Brooklyn Museum Art School, New York, NY

  • 1955 - Brooklyn Museum Art School, New York, NY

  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City