James Drake (born 1946) received his BFA in 1969 and MFA in 1970 from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California.
Drake's work can be seen in the collections of many institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Dallas Museum of Art, San Antonio Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Mexico Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (La Jolla), Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. In 2007 his work was featured at the 52nd International Venice Biennale, curated by Robert Storr, and in 2000 at the Whitney Biennial.
- The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego writes, “[Drake] defies a ready, singular style. Instead, Drake maps a space of humanity toggling between the languages of physics and poetry, illustrated by images of current events and cultural history.” Drake's contemporary Jim Dine is similarly difficult to categorize, while Robert Rauschenberg also blends political and cultural imagery in innovative ways.
One of Drake's most famous series is The Trophy Room, an installation that critiques interspecies violence. In the collection of our sister gallery, form & concept, Korean ceramicist Wookjae Maeng explores similar themes in a series of porcelain animal busts. View his work.