Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
James Fagan
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23 Kresge Art Center
P 517-355-7636



In my non-objective paintings, I consistently begin with a general idea about composition and color relationships. The painting begins with a single break-up of the surface of the canvas involving a basic compositional idea. From there what follows is a long creative dialogue between the work and the artist. For some artists, it can be said the work leads the artist. For others, the artist leads the work. For me, it seems to be a collaborative effort evolving between the painting and the artist.  

Fagan got his MFA at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.