Working largely in oil and wax medium, James Vogler draws upon his personal experience and surroundings for inspiration in his work. His work is contemporary lyrical abstraction.
Overlapping color and suggestions of line and light are used in Vogler’s paintings to create space between forms. The forms range from geometric to nearly amorphous, their function always being repositories of color. Through this dynamic but sensitive interplay between transparent and opaque and through the suggestion of emerging and receding forms, the foreground and background become interchangeable.
James Vogler was born in New Jersey and received his BA in Painting from Kean University in 1976. He continued his education in the Masters Art History program at Rutgers University and later in the Masters Painting program at Kean University. While working for the next nine years as an art installer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, he continued to paint and develop his style of color field abstraction. In 1991, he and his family moved to Vermont to pursue new business opportunities. He returned to to painting full time in 2007.