Born: 1937 in Minneapolis, MN
1959-1961 Chicago Art Institute and the University of Chicago, IL.
1964- B.A. College of Great Falls, Great Falls, MT.
1965- M.A. The University of Montana, Missoula, MT.
1969- M.F.A. The University of Montana, Missoula, MT.
Professor of Art and Humanities, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
Humanities Program Director
Art Department Chair
Instructor of Art, Oberndorf/N, Germany
English Assistant, Kepler Gymnasium, Freiburg, Germany
In his own words:
”I made my decision long ago not to confine myself to any particular artistic approach or aesthetic philosophy. Picasso’s attitude toward creativity and work probably influenced me as much as that of any artist. He saw his art as an ongoing investigation, and was always ready to either analyze a single topic with endless variations or, if necessary, to change his approach and subject matter overnight. I saw Picasso’s creative flexibility as the freedom that was unique to Modernism. The Modern artist was for me an artist whose work was neither dictated by individual partons, a single style of the market place or traditional notions of ’fine’ and ’popular’ art; but whose expression could grow and change along with the couse of the artist’s life experiences and interest.... Despite the variation of my content and style, I have been largely committed to the traditional principles of design and composition. I believe that human art history from the Paleolithoic age to the present strongly suggests that these visual principles may be physiologically based and are not merely cultural.”
-James Todd, excerpted from exhibition catalog, 2002.
Todd, a prolific artist in a wide range of mediums, has exhibited his artworks throughout theUnited States and all over the world from Europe to the People's Republic of China , and is currently a member of the Royal Society of Printers and Painters and the Society of Wood Engravers in England.