James Brewer (1932-1978) was born in Decatur, Alabama and spent his childhood in Asheville, North Carolina. He began his undergraduate work in 1951 at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was appointed assistant instructor in the Department of Art and held that position until his graduation in 1957. He worked in Alaska for two years with the Army Engineers. Upon his return, he was awarded the James Scripps Booth Memorial Scholarship which he used to attend Cranbrook Academy of Arts. In 1958 Brewer was awarded the U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholarship and did his graduate studies at the Royal College of Art in London. He worked as an antique dealer while in London, and continued to do so after he returned to the United States. Brewer's sculptures were done in cast bronze, welded steel, and terracotta. His work often reflected his concern with both the technical aspects and the composition of sculpture. Brewer exhibited at Person Hall Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC in 1955 and 1956; Isaac Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA in 1957; the North Carolina Museum of Art, 1957; the Mint Museum of Art, 1957; Dertroit Institute of Art, 1958; Cranbrook Galleries, 1958; Galerie Marcelle Dupuis, Paris, France; and Granville Gallery, New York City, 1961. He had an exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum in 1963. Brewer died suddenly in 1978 at the age of 46.
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