James Dankert


Painting is primarily a way for me to explore and test various ideas for visual interest or pleasure. Sometimes I have an idea for a series of representational images, and I want to figure out an approach to bring them to the canvas and see how they hang together. Sometimes I am exploring the medium of paint and paint handling, and the effects of different approaches on the image. I am always interested in color and its effects, whether I’m using bold blues and oranges of my abstract work, or the subdued grays of my representational paintings of office spaces. My disparate previous investigations always inform my current approach.

Follow this link to see past works in my Archived Galleries



Interview, May 2011, Local Artist Interviews

Gear Daddies Drummer to Display Paintings at the Austin Artworks Festival,” Austin Daily Herald, July 14, 2012

Group Exibitions

Austin Artworks Festival: August 22-24, 2014, Austin, MN

Austin Artworks Festival: August 23-25, 2013, Austin, MN

Austin Artworks Festival: August 25-26, 2012, Austin, MN

spotArt gallery: Art-A-Whirl, May 20-22, 2011

Altered Esthetics: “Flesh and Form,” April 1-22, 2011

spotArt gallery: Art-A-Whirl, May 14-16, 2010

spotArt gallery: “Spotique” 2009 all-artists review, December 11, 2009-January 8, 2010

Maple Grove Arts Center: Black and White Show, August 14-September 12, 2009; merit award

spotArt gallery: Art-A-Whirl, May 15-17, 2009

spotArt gallery: Art-A-Whirl, May 16-18, 2008

spotArt gallery: Art-A-Whirl, May 18-20, 2007

spotArt gallery: December 2, 2005-February 28, 2006


2011: spot illustration, Alimentum, summer issue

2003-2008: spot illustration, City Pages

2007: spot illustration and cover illustration, Nerve Cowboy

2004-2006: spot illustration, The Rake

1993: cover art, The Carolina Quarterly

1992-1994: illustration, The Minnesota Daily

I have created artwork for several bands, and I am a musician myself. From 1985 to 1992, I was the drummer and occasional songwriter for the Gear Daddies. In 2001, the band reunited, and I currently drum for the band whenever we decide to play a show.