b. 1946 in Lubbock, Texas; lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Through his drawings, video, sculpture, photography, and installations, James Drake explores the human condition, emotions, and urge to communicate through words and gestures.
Drake received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1969 and Master of Fine Arts degree in 1970 from the Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, California. He is the recipient of numerous awards, which include a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts Grants. His work can also be seen in the collections of many institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Blanton Museum of Art; Dallas Museum of Art; San Antonio Museum of Art; Art Museum of South Texas; El Paso Museum of Art; New Orleans Museum of Art; New Mexico Museum of Art; The Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (La Jolla); Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery 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.