June has been one extremely busy month for James and Picard studios.
The beginning of the month saw James, along with his assistant Ciara, setting up a private screening of the “Dark & Wounded” film at Fox Theatre in Toronto, Canada.
The next day James was heading off to the airport to fly to Los Angeles to prepare for the New Media Film Festival in Hollywood where his film was nominated for three awards; Best Short
Documentary, People’s Choice award and the Grand Prize award.
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An incredible evening last night at the “Rock n’ Roll Icons” opening at BBAM Gallery in Montréal last night. Thank you to Gallery DirectorRalph and Al-ison, Ciara and all those who came out. The show is up until July 9, so if you are in Montréal … check it out. All pieces framed and ready for purchase…
What an amazing night last night at the New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles… The Dark & The Wounded Film took Grand Prize Award of “Best Film”. Thanks to everyone who came out… friends, fans, family, and crew. I’m truly honoured and grateful.
The Dark & The Wounded Private Screening in Toronto. Thank you so much to all those who attended… what an absolutely amazing evening!
Los Angeles World Premiere
The Dark and The Wounded Short Documentary Film
Up for 3 awards: Best Short, Audience Award and Grand Prize
June 8, 2017 6 -8:30pm The Landmark Theater, 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 90064
Los Angeles, CA: To become great, you must have a vision, courage and tenacity.
Master Painter James Picard embodies all three in this defining chapter of his illustrious career. After exhibiting worldwide in a career that spans close to four decades, his new series takes us on a disturbing yet eye opening journey. The foreboding message and dark undertone of this painting series leads him to be rejected from the galleries where he usually displays his work. Determined to share his art and his message, Picard sets plans in motion to exhibit the series in a new way.
In an unprecedented move, he forces his way into the places no one else wants to go—abandoned prisons, vacant asylums long left to rot will become the backdrop for his new work: The Dark and the Wounded.
But entering these unearthly ruins proves to be more difficult than he could have ever imagined… He bends the rules. He trespasses. He writes a fake movie. He does whatever he needs to do to get in. Gaining momentum, he’s got only one thing on his mind…
About The Dark and The Wounded: In Picard’s words: “In each of us there are wounds: emotional scars from trauma, abuse, abandonment, and fear. Some wounds are deeper than others but all result in suffering. These wounds, found in the dark regions of the human psyche, if ignored, manifest in other ways. Fear, racism, violence, isolation, homophobia, and denial are the result of failing to look within and heal the wounds that lie inside. The Dark and The Wounded series is not only about the consequences of a wounded and dark soul. It is about knowing that we all suffer, and that through compassion and awareness, for ourselves and others, we can heal our wounds. This in turn can heal ourselves, our families, our society, and the world in which we all live.”
About James Picard: Picard has exhibited extensively in over 150 art shows throughout North America and Europe. His work has been exhibited next to Picasso, Matisse, Miro, and Warhol. Harold Town stated that Picard’s talent is “rare in the art world”. When Picard is not painting, he is teaching others how to paint. He has received countless awards and accolades for his work and contributions to communities throughout North America. He has been commended for his extensive work with both hospitalized and inner city kids.
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James Picard’s Elephant Series is currently being featured on the official Ellen Degeneres YouTube channel
My Elephant Series of drawings & paintings was inspired by an article I read about a family of elephants that were well known on an Elephant Sanctuary Reserve in Africa. They were always together and a favourite among visitors to the reserve.
One morning park officials found them all murdered…their tusks and feet removed and their bodies left to rot in the sun. I felt sick for days and had many sleepless nights at the injustice of it all, but happy I could immortalize them in drawings and on canvas.
Nothing seems more real than the world of everyday objects, but things are not exactly as they seem. A set of relatively simple experiments reveal enormous holes is our intuitive understanding of physical reality. Trying to explain what goes on, leads to some very strange and often highly surprising theories of the world around us.