JAMES GARVEY,                              Email:

49 Castle Road Mobile:                      (212) 531-1081

Piermont, NY 10968                            JamesGarvey.NET


James Garvey was a pupil of Mrs. Louise March, Ms. Sherri Smith, Mr. Mark DiSuvero, Mr. Roger Lipsey, Mr. Kenneth Hendry and others; his training includes 6 years at the Art Department of Colorado State University, 10 years as head of Blacksmithing at the Rochester Folk Art Guild. He has over 100,000 hours as a professional artist blacksmith working in New York with an open-hearth forge.  He has designed and built public commissions in Manhattan including MTA Percent for Art works at two subway stations, The School of Spirits Doors at the Dwight School in Manhattan, The Lariat Rustic Rail in Central Park, The Lariat Street Furniture for Coenties Slip Park in Lower Manhattan.  He has completed design/build contracts for corporate entities such as: Ogilvy Mather Advertising Corporation, Martin-Marietta Honeywell Corporation, and Firmdale Hotels from United Kingdom. Using his ingenuity as an artisan, Mr. Garvey made contributions for these three public art works: 1. Develop the method used to replicate the 1600 armature bars of the Statue of Liberty. Each bar is a unique shape that contacts the inner surface of the statue’s copper skin.  2.  Managed the fabrication and installation of Faces: Times Square, which was conceived by the artist, Monica Banks; this is a block long sculptural fence that ran from 46th St. to 42nd St.  along the traffic island where 7th Ave intersects Broadway. 3. He conceived and directed a blacksmith’s training program in NYC with 25 youth from Crown Heights who were working to restore the National Historic Fence at St. Ann’s Church. There is keen insight to recognize original ideas, to anticipate problems, and to manage the activity. Since 2003, he continues as full time artist blacksmith and as a part time instructor of the Sculpture, ‘forging class’ for the Art Students League of New York, at the Vytlacil Campus.

Exhibits, Commissions, & Contracts:

2014 “James Garvey Sculpture”, Union art Center, Sparkill NY

2013 ”James Garvey Sculpture”, Art Students League, Vyt Campus

2012 Forged Signature Ogilvy World Headquarters lobby, NYC

2011 Lariat Tapers for MTA Wall Street Station, NYC

2010 “Objects for Personal Ceremony”, ROCA one man Sculpture Exhibit

2010 Urban Monks Gates & Bicycle Stands at Crosby Hotel, NYC

2005 “Art in the Subway”, USB Banking Lobby, NYC

2006 “Forging: 50 Works On a Contour Line” JG Residence, Sparkill, NY

2005 Lariat Street Furniture at Rector Station Park from Coenties Slip

2003 “Masters in Metalwork” Curator, Brian Klinkingbeard, Louisville, KY

1997 "Street Scape", Municipal Art Society, New York, NY.

1992 "National Invitational" at Brenau College Gainsville, GA

2000 Delury Plaza Art Work at Gold and Fulton Streets for NYDOT

2000 Lariat Furniture, NYPD Substation. South Washington St.

1998 Coenties Slip Pedestrian Park, Alliance for Downtown New York

1997 Classic Car Street Closers, Alliance For Downtown New York

1997 School Of Spirits Doors at Dwight School

1996 Faces Times Square by Monica Banks, built by JG

1996 Lariat Seat Loops at MTA 33rd St Station

1996 Lariat Rustic Stair Rail Central Park Conservancy

1981 Helix Stair Sciami Construction Corporation, NYC

1999 Wing Surface Desk for Tim Gallavan, and custom hardware

1997 Wing Surface Desk for Barry Leistner, Koenig Ironworks, NYC

1995 Spirits’ Mate lobby grilles Mill Hollow Publishing Corporation, NYC

1993 Dragonfly Bed Dr. Jane Mattson, Norwalk Ct.

1991 St. Ann's Historic Iron Fence, World Monuments Fund, Brooklyn

1989 Cryptic Column Street Light DOT, NYC Approved design

1989 Triangle Litter Stand, Dept. of Sanitation, NYC. Approved stands

1988 Columbarium Dome by Steve Byrns at St. Michael's Church, NYC

1988 Nexus Stair Rail by Peter Bernholz, Centre Island, NY, built by JG

1987 Estate Ironwork by Bentel & Bentel Architects, Centre Island, NY

1985 Statue of Liberty armature restoration, Liberty Island, NY Harbor

1983 Waterfall sculpture Columbia Banking, Rochester, NY

1981 Mesa Table,

1981 Dragonfly, Speaker Brackets L Hafner Associates, Rochester, NY

1975 Carlson Memorial Garden Gates, Rochester, NY

Education & Experience

2003-present Instructor at Art Students League, Vytlacil Campus, Sparkill, NY

1999-present Artist Blacksmith, James Garvey Inc., studio in Harlem and then Orangeburg, NY.

2005 Copyright MTA Grand Central Sign Posts

2004-05 Design consultant Julius Blum Inc. design architectural metal

1993-98 Head of Manhattan Artisans Koenig Ironworks Inc.

1993-93 St. Ann's Historical Fence: engaged 25 Crown Heights youth to learn blacksmithing, sponsored by World Monuments Fund

1992-93 Conceived "Public pearls", to create hand forged street furniture

1990-91 Martin Marietta Corporation, JG carbon fiber consolidation tool, demonstration at Oak Ridge National Lab.

1986-91 James Garvey Studio and Gallery 153 Franklin St. NYC

986 Athena Foundation residency, Spacetime studio of Mark Di Suvero in L.I.C.

1986-87 Artisan consultant: Simpson Metal Industries, Statue of Liberty replication of 1600 armature bars with stainless steel.

1974-85 Head of Blacksmithing Department, Rochester Folk Arts Guild, Middlesex, NY. 15 original forms; sculptures, furniture, lamps, hardware

1979 NYSCA grant, 'Direct Forging of Wrought Iron'

1974 BFA, Ceramics, Colorado State University,

1966-69 St. John's Military School in Salina, Kansas

1965-70 John Murphy Ranch in Granby, Colorado: fencing, branding

Publications: articles and endorsements for Garvey's work have appeared in more than 25 publications, among them: The New York Times, Wall St. Journal, The New Yorker, Metropolis, American Artist, American Craft, HG, House Beautiful, Elle, W Magazine, British Artist Blacksmith Magazine, and the Anvil’s Ring. He has written several articles and three books of Poems. He has recently completed a syllabus for his instruction method: Objective Art. Please, use the links in the Website portfolio for video and articles: