Latest News Issue 48

· Heritage Auctions Platinum Night-NYC
· WCTC Central Jersey Talk Radio 1050 AM
· Working in the Dark Brings Flemington Artist Into the Light

Latest News Issue 47

· James Meets Hulk Hogan
· Reggie Wayne at Gallery Forty-Two Indianapolis,Indiana
· Matt Kantor Memorial Golf Outing-October 2014

Latest News Issue 46

· Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Celebration Saturday October 18th, 2014
· Carlos Beltrans Foundation presents "A Night in Old San Juan"

Latest News Issue 45

· "Henry and Me" Premiere
· Saratoga Springs, NY-Siros Cup
· Len Soucy-Founder of The Raptor Trust Of New Jersey 1932-2014

Latest News Issue 44

· Mason Civic League Presents The All Stars of Baseball Art
· Michael Sam - 2013 Missouri University All American Official Portrait
· Capitol Hill - Congressman John Lewis
· Negro League Baseball Museum

Latest News Issue 43

· "The Meadowlands Experience"
· James Fiorentino -Recent Paintings (2012-2013)

Latest News Issue 42

· Tim McCarver Retires From Broadcasting
· International America's Parks II - Monument Valley

Latest News Issue 41

· Jim "Mudcat" Grant Receives Portrait at 12th Annual All Star-Golf Outing
· James Creates Portrait of New Jersey Governor Chris Cristie
· Mediacom's CEO Rocco Commisso receives painting from renowned artist James Fiorentino

Latest News Issue 40

· Mariano Rivera
· Legendary Comic Artist painted by James Fiorentino
· Phil Mickelson at the Barclays
· Mystique Casino Painting

Latest News Issue 39

· Bergino Baseball Clubhouse
· Society of Animal Artists
· National Italian American Foundation
· Diamond Nation - Flemington, New Jersey

Latest News Issue 38

· Rally At The Alley - Chelsie Piers NYC
· Danica Patrick

Latest News Issue 37

· Beauty of Biodiversity: Birds, Bees and Butterflies
· Somerset County Park Commission
· Oak Tree with Buck
· Flyway Gallery - New Jersey - Meadowlands
· Earth Share Benefit to Help Raise Funds for the Environment
· Raptor Trust Family Day
· Illustrators 51
· A Soaring Affair: Gala Dinner To Benefit The Raptor Trust

Latest News Issue 36

· The "James Fiorentino" Byers Choice Santa
· Club Diamond
· Universal Babe

Latest News Issue 35

· Somerset Patriots-Bridgewater, New Jersey, September 23, 2012
· Albert Pujols-2011 N.L Latino Sports MVP
· "A Game at Doc Young Field"
· NIAF's 37th Anniversary Gala - October 13, 2012

Latest News Issue 34

· PGA Golfer Hunter Mahan and Caddy John Wood
· Linda Rice Honored With "City Zip" Painting

Latest News Issue 33

· Latino Sports - Ivan Nova is awarded 2011 AL Pitcher of the Year
· New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction 2012
· NJBA Pals Danberry and Fiorentino Contribute to HLG Award

Latest News Issue 32

· Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Dickens!
· "His Brush With Celebrity - The Art of James Fiorentino"
· Giants Super Bowl Champions
· Brian Leonard’s 3rd Annual Rally at the Alley

Latest News Issue 31

· John Basilone Parade
· Mariano Rivera - Bronx, NY
· Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
· Cake Boss - Carlos Bakery

Latest News Issue 30

· One on One With Steve Adubato
· Let's Talk with Gary Gellman
· New York Mets
· David Robertson's High Socks For Hope Charity Event

Latest News Issue 29

· Byers Choice Factory and Museum-Chalfont
· NAMOS Fine Arts Competition
· "Kings of Hoboken"

Latest News Issue 28

· Robinson Cano is Awarded 2010 Latino Sports MVP
· The Miles Austin Family Foundation Golf Outing

Latest News Issue 27

· National Art Museum of Sport Scores Touchdown With New Art Exhibit
· W. Cary Edwards Foundation Golf Outing

Latest News Issue 26

· Bill Conlin - January 22, 2011 - New York, NY
· Latino Sports Honors Roberto Alomar
· Bob Hurley, Sr. Presented Painting by James Fiorentino
· Chimney Rock Inn Celebrates Baseball
· National Art Museum of Sport calls for entries in second annual competition

Latest News Issue 25

· New Jersey Devils Alumni Golf Outing
· Albert Pujols Latino Sports MVP Award
· Sonny Hight - Yankees Stadium
· Mariano Rivera Latino Sports MVP Award Ceremony
· Javier Vasquez Latino Sports MVP Ceremony

Latest News Issue 24

· Missouri University All American Football Players
· Negro League Art Contest
· Fox Foundation
· “LIVE WELL. PLAY WELL. A CELEBRATION OF SPORT THROUGH ART,"
· 7th Annual Turek No-limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament for the Multiple Sclerosis Society

Latest News Issue 23

· Bergino Baseball Clubhouse
· President George Bush 41 Signing
· Play Ball: The Art of Americas Pastime
· Muhammed Ali Sketches
· ESPN The Magazine -2010 World Cup Soccer Preview

Latest News Issue 22

· NAMOS issues call for entries in "Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport"
· “A League of Their Own” Baseball legend & author Pepper Davis travels from California to honor sports artist James Fiorentino at gallery show in Frenchtown, N.J.

Latest News Issue 21

· Easton Football
· New Yankee Artwork
· 2010 International Fine Art

Latest News Issue 20

· Beyond the Game
· Flemington Celebrates Baseball
· Legendary Yankee Stadium : Memories & Memorabilia from the House that Ruth Built
· Nelligan Sports Marketing -10th Anniversary

Latest News Issue 19

· Derek Jeter "Final Game"
· People of Middlesex Borough, New Jersey 1950-2008
· "Gehrig Room"
· New Jersey Monthly - May, 2009

Latest News Issue 18

· The Sports Artwork Forum
· Illustrators 51
· Prominent New Jersey sports illustrator goes to bat for Operation Shoebox New Jersey
· Pepper Davis "Dirt in the Skirt"

Latest News Issue 17

· Latino Sports - September, 2008 - Yankee Stadium
· "James Fiorentino & Friends"
· ESPN's First Take
· James's perpective on Mario Lemieux, "The Comeback" Project
· Art Business News - "Playing to Win"

Latest News Issue 16

· Arnold Palmer Kicks Off Golf Day in Neshanic Valley
· Ironclad Legends Auction
· Hidden Treasures
· 2008 Latino Sports MVP Awards
· Yankee Stadium - Bronx, NY August 29, 2008

Latest News Issue 15

· Last Call for The House that Ruth Built
· Easton High School Baseball Team
· Sports Museum of America
· The 2007 A.L. Latino MVP Award Honoring Magglio Ordonez
· Sports Collectors Daily interview

Latest News Issue 14

· July 2007-South Florida-Staples
· Fiorentino's Kelloggs All Star Cards
· Pinstripe Passion - Mike Lindsley Interviews Fiorentino
· "The Sports Art of James Fiorentino"
· Hunterdon Life Magazine

Latest News Issue 13

· Baseball Gold
· Baseball Music Project
· Rutgers Football - 2006

Latest News Issue 12

· January 2007 National Art Museum of Sport
· Spring Training:The Art Of Baseball
· "The Boss's Bombers"
· New York Comic Con - February 2007
· 2007 WMHT- PBS Greater Television Auction - April 28-May 6

Latest News Issue 11

· The Boy of Steel
· September 11, 2006-5th Anniversary of 9-11
· Mariano Rivera - Yankee Stadium
· A Century of Tradition
· David Ortiz - Big Papi
· Oscar Robertson

Latest News Issue 10

· Rutgers Football
· New York Board of Trade - 9/11 Tribute - May 22, 2006
· New York Board of Trade - Yankee Stadium - June 2006
· June 2006 Yankee Stadium - Latino Sports 2005 Rookie of the Year
· Olympic Ice Skaters
· New York Board of Trade - Shea Stadium - June 2006

Latest News Issue 9

· 27: The Voice of the Yankee Fans
· Bobby Thompson "Shot Heard Round the World"
· National Art Museum of Sport

Latest News Issue 8

· Center for the Disabled's Telethon
· Image Innovations Holding, Inc.
· Greatest Negro League Players
· 2005 Appleton Arts Center "Competing Images"

Latest News Issue 7

· Newark Bears - Newark, NJ - 2004
· Don Mattingly
· Alex Rodriguez
· Visionary Art, Inc. Teams Up With Tracercode

Latest News Issue 6

· Sammy Baugh
· Upper Deck 2003 Play Ball
· Brian Cashman & Art Howe
· Funnycide

Latest News Issue 5

· Alex Rodriguez Giclee
· Sammy Sosa Giclee
· Cooperstown, NY - 2002
· National Art Museum of Sport

Latest News Issue 4

· Bigger, Faster, Stronger
· Somerset Patriots
· Mobile
· 2001 Upper Deck Golf Gallery and 2001 Legends (Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Hockey) Fiorentino Collection

Latest News Issue 3

· Donation to Robert Griffith
· Somerset Patriots Commemoration
· Just Minors
· Greg Lemond

Latest News Issue 2

· James Vanderbeek & Christopher Reeve
· Topps Baseball Cards
· Pepper Davis
· Joe Torre
· Al Leiter & the Mets

Latest News Issue 1

· Cal Ripken, Jr. Ends the Streak at 2632
· Fiorentino Tackles 3-Time MVP Favre
· Tony Conigliaro: Spirit, Pride, & Determination



Heritage Auctions Platinum Night-NYC
February 21-22

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One last magic moment in the Bronx...
2014 Derek Jeter Last Yankee Stadium Hit Original Artwork by James Fiorentino. For most lovers of baseball history, the affection is rooted in the belief that there was a purity to the early game that has been since been corrupted. We view the sport's childhood much like our own--uncomplicated, magical in its innocence, free of the guile and the compromise that tends to accompany progress. There were problems in the old days--serious ones solved only by brave men like Judge Landis and Jackie Robinson in their very different times--but we didn't yearn so desperately to kill our idols, and those old idols never seemed quite so ready to break our hearts either.

For one thing, they were always there, from kindergarten through college graduation sometimes, through births and deaths, unbroken chains of years until they were as familiar as family. The weight of American principle that Curt Flood took to the fight for free agency left little doubt but that his cause was just, but then we fans had only ever seen the good in our team "belonging" to us. Just because Flood was right didn't stop it from hurting. The game was forever changed. And so our baseball families would gradually be replaced by strangers, who would soon vanish themselves if they got much better, or much worse. The days of Teddy Ballgame were over. No more Stan the Mans. No more Micks.

The last of that noble tradition is captured here in remarkable photorealism, as Derek Jeter bade goodbye to the Bronx with the brand of clutch heroics that had been his trademark ever since his 1996 Rookie of the Year campaign. It is unlikely we'll ever again see a top ten finisher in any pedigree Major League statistic to wear a single uniform to record each digit in the tally. In short, Derek Jeter may well have been the last great franchise superstar.

Rising star James Fiorentino misses no detail in his study of that final Yankee Stadium swing on September 25, 2014, a walk-off winner against the visiting Baltimore Orioles. Fiorentino's work has appeared as cover art for official commemorative programs for the 1995 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, Don Mattingly Day in 1997 at Yankee Stadium, 1996 Red Cross Calendar, and the 1995 and 2001-2003 covers of the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame Induction program, as well as upon trading cards for Topps, Upper Deck and others. James was also the official artist for Cal Ripken Jr's 2131 Consecutive Game Streak and 2632 Ending of the Streak for which he created limited edition lithographs.

The presented watercolor on board masterpiece measures a commanding 29x57" and is enhanced by a massive black sharpie signature (10/10) from its future Hall of Fame subject. Professional framing completes the dimensions at 35.5x64". COA from Steiner Sports (Jeter autograph). Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James.

 



WCTC Central Jersey Talk Radio 1050 AM
January 2015

James was interviewed by host Burt Baron about his show at Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery. Listen below for the interview.

 



Working in the Dark Brings Flemington Artist Into the Light
January 2015

James Fiorentino works in the dark – surprising, since his art has seen so much light.

“That’s the way I was taught,” said the 37-year-old artist, at his home studio in Flemington. “I keep the room as dark as I can, so I can see shadows on the paper.”

But when the work is done, it is so lifelike and luminous, you can count the whiskers on a tiger in one of Fiorentino’s wildlife paintings, or see the perpetual five o’clock shadow on Joe Torre’s face in a portrait of the former Yankee manager.

For more than 20 years, Fiorentino has been a nationally recognized sports portrait artist. A rendition of Reggie Jackson, one of Fiorentino’s first sports subjects, was displayed at the Baseball Hall of Fame when he was just 15 years old.

At 19, he was the youngest person to be accepted into the New York Society of Illustrators where he mounted one-man shows.

Since then, Fiorentino has met and painted presidents (George H.W. Bush, the 41st, and Bill Clinton), Nobel peace prize winners (Mikhail Gorbachev, Bishop Desmond Tutu), actors (Michael J. Fox and Richard Gere) and historic figures (Buzz Aldrin and U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia).

His painting of John Ford Point in Monument Valley (Ariz.) is stunning. It looks like a still from a classic Western." David Wagner, curator.
He has met Babe Ruth’s granddaughter and Charles Dickens’ great-great-grandson after completing portraits of their famous relatives, as well as famous athletes and sports hall of famers by the dozens.

On the staircase leading down to his studio is the portrait that got it all started: Joe DiMaggio, drawn by Fiorentino when he was 14.

He brought it to an autograph show for DiMaggio to sign and the normally crusty Yankee great said, “ ‘Did you do this? This is pretty good,’ ’’ Fiorentino recalled. “We took a picture of him signing it.

“A guy in the line looked at me and said, ‘Do you realize what just happened?’ and I really didn’t. But there was Joe DiMaggio complimenting my work, and the guy offered me a couple of thousand (dollars) for it on the spot. I didn’t sell it and I’m glad I didn’t, for what it represents.”

What it represents is a boyhood dream not only coming true, but exceeding expectations. While still working only in watercolors, he has branched out from portraits, viewed critically as illustration, to fine art scenes of wildlife and landscapes.

David Wagner, whose company organizes and curates traveling art exhibits, has featured Fiorentino’s work in national shows. Some of Fiorentino’s wildlife art is now on display at Studio 7 in Bernardsville through the end of January.

“His painting of John Ford Point in Monument Valley (Ariz.) is stunning. It looks like a still from a classic Western,” Wagner said, from his home in Milwaukee. “He has a great feel for perspective and composition.”

On Fiorentino’s website is a picture of him taken at age 7, posing next to his painting of a swooping owl, with a blue ribbon stuck to the frame. In the picture, Fiorentino is wearing a Yankee jacket. Those elements reflected a window into his future.

He’s done commissioned portraits of Yankee greats, from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter. He’s won countless awards and now, he’s back to his first love: wildlife art.

Fiorentino is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and in recent years has exhibited in its annual national shows at the San Diego Natural History Museum and Bennington Museum, among others.

“I think seeing my work accepted in the fine arts this way is amazing,” he said.
Despite his success, Fiorentino still says “amazing” a lot and has a “pinch me, I’m dreaming” way about him when he speaks of the company he keeps.

“Amazing” was how he felt when his art was shown 15 years ago at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. Rockwell is one of his art idols and, in Fiorentino’s studio, is a montage of Rockwell drawings – as well as a collection of brushes the great illustrator once used.

“This was a traveling exhibit and my work was hanging up there with people like Norman Rockwell and Charles Schulz,” he said. “It was amazing, and I think that was the first time I really felt I belonged in that kind of company. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I’m as good as Norman Rockwell …”

But, even as a prodigy, he has always been in demand. “I’ve never not had work,” Fiorentino said. “I always have a painting, or more than one, due.”

He estimates he has painted between “500 and 700 portraits,” which he contracts for “mostly between $3,000 and $5,000.”

When Fiorentino was 17, Ted Williams commissioned a portrait of himself surrounded by 19 of the other greatest hitters in baseball for a limited edition lithograph sale. Fiorentino sold the original painting 10 years ago “for five figures.”

Shortly after the Williams deal, Cal Ripken Jr. hired him to commemorate his consecutive game streak.

It’s gone on and on. His in-home gallery is like an all-sports hall of fame: Michael Jordan. Muhammad Ali. The 1964 Cleveland Browns.Some of his sports art will be on exhibit this weekend at the Complete Athlete Expo at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison.

But one of his greatest thrills was meeting Lewis and visiting the congressman’s office in the Capitol.

“I love history, and I’m in there with a person who was a part of Civil Rights history, who marched with Martin Luther King, and there were pictures of him with MLK and Lyndon Johnson. It was amazing.”

Wagner, the art curator, compares Fiorentino to the late LeRoy Nieman – not in style, but in his wide range of subject choices.

“LeRoy Nieman had this huge arc of work; sports, wildlife, landscape. I think James is just as prolific and he’s still young. Essentially, he’s just getting started.”

(Mark Di Ionno: mdiionno@starledger.com)

 


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