Artist: James Jarvis
Size: 11.5 x 8.25 Inches (Framed: 14 3/8 x 11 Inches)
Medium: Mixed Media on Paper
Notes: Hand Signed and Dated on Lower Left
Exploring Street Culture Pioneer: James Jarvis
James Jarvis stands as a luminary within the cohort of artists who indelibly shaped the landscape of street culture during the dynamic decades of the 1990s and 2000s. Hailing from Britain, this gifted designer and illustrator has garnered widespread acclaim for his iconic Silas and Amos toy creations, cherished by enthusiasts worldwide. In his recent works, Jarvis lends his artistic prowess to portray these beloved characters navigating the trials and tribulations of everyday life, infused with a delightful blend of humor and wit.
Jarvis embarked on his artistic journey, culminating in his prolific career, after completing his MA at the Royal College of Art in 1995. He commenced his professional journey as a commercial artist, collaborating with both global giants and underground brands alike. However, a pivotal juncture arose in 1998 when he crafted the character toy Martin for the renowned Japanese streetwear label Silas. This mascot swiftly captured the hearts of many, ascending to dizzying heights of popularity. Spurred by the triumph of this collaboration, Jarvis seized the opportunity to establish his own brand, Amos, in 2002. Under the Amos banner, he birthed an astonishing array of over 100 unique toys, each a testament to his creative ingenuity.
The year 2004 marked a significant milestone in Jarvis's career as he earned a place of honor in the groundbreaking group exhibition "Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art, Skateboarding, and Street Culture." The exhibition, inaugurated at the Contemporary Arts Center, embarked on a captivating journey across the United States and Europe, further solidifying Jarvis's impact on the fusion of art, skateboarding, and street culture. In 2020, his distinctive work found itself featured in the group exhibition "Global Pop Underground" at Parco Museum Tokyo, sharing the limelight with acclaimed artists such as Hajime Sorayama, Keiichi Tanaami, and Katherine Bernhardt.
James Jarvis's enduring influence and creative contributions continue to resonate within the realm of street culture, leaving an indelible mark on the art world and inspiring future generations of artists and enthusiasts alike.