Born in Winter Haven Florida in 1936, James Denmark has been painting and creating art all of his life. James was born into a creative enviroment from both sides of his family. His grandmother was a wire sculptor and a quilt artist. His grandfather was a bricklayer; he was noted for his unique custom designed molds. His mother was gifted with an intuitive eye for design and detail.
In 1956 Denmark received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University, in Tallahassee, Florida and taught art while still a student there. He graduated from the prestigious Pratt Institute of Fine Arts in New York earning his Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1976. His love for art is reflected in his wide range of superb collage artwork, bronze sculptures, abstract and wood cuts.
During this time he was heavily influenced by abstract expresionist Jackson Pollock, Clifford Still, and Willem de Kooning. The African-American Masters Norman Lewis, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Ernest Crichlow instilled in him an appreciation of African American artistic heritage.
James Denmark worked as a art instructor for many years in the public schools of New York. He lived in New York for over forty years, building a solid foundation of professionalism and has been working as a full time artist since moving to Yemassee, South Carolina some fifteen years ago. He has been creating art professionally for over 60 years, and has had numerous solos exhibitions in prestigious galleries in the United States and abroad. His oeuvre includes collages, still lifes, abstract, and bronze sculptures.
Denmark was awarded the National Urban League Living Legends Award in 1980. In 1987 he was awarded the 39 Annual Printing Industry Award.