about James Calk

James Calk, American artist, painter & pianist, has a decades long track record of creating acclaimed art in all genres from representational to abstract.


Artist James Calk


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James paints in oils. His abstracted landscapes are large and dramatic. Each painting features a strong sense of value supported by color.  He has studied under international master painters. James’ paintings allow the viewer to see the essence of the subject while providing imaginative interpretation. James has been honored by many awards, exhibited widely and is collected by private and corporate collectors:

  • Hilton Hotels

  • Colonial Life Insurance Company

  • Equitable Life

  • First Citizens Bank Permanent Collection

  • And many others


  • South Carolina Watercolor Society Traveling Show (top 30 paintings)

  • Anderson Art Council Show (juried)

  • South Carolina State Fair many times

  • Received First Place and Best in Show in the Winyah Art Association Show

  • Two man show Rice Museum

  • Georgetown, SC and National Steeplechase Museum Show

  • Camden, SC Calk received his formal education at Newberry College where he had his first one-man art show in 1963

  • Columbia College, Columbia, SC Georgia O'Keeffe Centennial show: "CREATIVE COUPLES"


A classically trained pianist, Calk has performed in many states, is married to artist Betsy Havens and lives in Georgetown, South Carolina. 

James' CD - "Poetic Piano"

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