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Artist's Statement

When I don't make photographs, I forget who I am. When I am making, editing, producing and showing my images, I'm happy. It's not my job. It's my identity.

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Exhibition of Photographs

2015

Iinvited to participate in Rita Barnard's Listen exhibition at Small Gallery in Valley View Mall, opening 6 - 9 pm, Saturday May 16 continuing through July 18

My photograph, Love Triangle Rhomboid was selected for exhibition in José Vargas' 2015 El Corazón at the Bath House Cultural Center, February 7 through March 7.

2014

J R Compton - Female Belted Kingfisher Hovering - Photograph Copyright 2015 by J R Compton.com   All Rights Reserved.

Female Belted Kingfisher Hovering by J R Compton
original image is 10 inches square

My 10 x 10-inch color photograph of this female Belted Kingfisher Hovering was in Levitas, A Photographic Investigation of Weightlessness at the Bathhouse Cultural Center in Dallas, Texas December 6 through January 31

I was invited to participate in Dumped — Honoring The Couch, an online exhibition curated by Bonny Leibowitz

My image Black Vultures in Sudden Action was accepted into the 2014 Wildlife & Domestic Animal Juried Art Competition at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts in Irving, Texas.

An even 100 showings since 1965. I thought that might be enough, but then I started missing showing my work, even if showing them online and in books and magazines is easier and offers better color and contrast fidelity. Plus lately with a new and better camera and lens, I've got a lot better at photographing birds, and now I want to show more often — and with better other artists.

2013

Dead Duck - copyright 2007 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

J R Compton   Dead Duck   March 2007   © 2007   All Rights Reserved.

My photograph of a dead duck that the British Broadcasting Corporation found on one of those sites that invite viewers to go out and steal copyrighted images and post them there — I submitted their requested forms and proofs, so they took it down, but not before the BBC saw it and requested permission from me to use it on a new pilot called MAD SCIENCE, which they described as "a high-octane pop science program that will provide funny and insightful commentary while throwing to a series of segments that dive into the everyday science that surrounds us." I asked for money, which they paid, and they told me "The series will screen in Texas on cable (BBC America)" and they will send me a copy of the segment. Though  I'm not sure when….

My photograph of an egret landing: "Small covert feathers can be seen prominently popping up towards the root of each wing." is in Numerical modeling of flow control on a symmetric aerofoil via a porous, compliant coating by Divya Venkataraman and Allessandro Bottaro in Physics of Fluids 24.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Flying Right - Photograph Copyright 2013 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Flying Right

Honorable Mention in the Dallas Conservatory's White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration Photo Contest. I entered two pictures, and I only learned which one got an Honorable Mention months later, but friends say they've seen my name on a list of Honorable Mentions for the competition…

Invited to submit work for The 19th annual El Corazón exhibition at the Bath House Cultural Center curated by Jose Vargas February 2 through March 2, 2013.

2012

Invited to produce an illustrative work of art for Fictional, July 7-August 4, 2012 at the Bath House Cultural Center on White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas.

2011

Egret Attack - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Mock Egret Attack   digital photograph   May 2011

One of my color photographs [above] was published in The Bath House Cultural Center's 2012 Limited Edition Art Calendar to help raise funds for that vital community resource for Dallas visual art.

I was invited to have two photographs in From Sandy Beaches to Vibrant Arts: 30th Anniversary of the Bath House Cultural Center through October 1, 2011 at the Bath House Cultural Center.

I was invited to be one of four photographers in White Rock Lake: An Inspiring Work of Art curated by Enrique Fernández Cervantes at the White Rock Lake Museum in The Bath House Cultural Center on the edge of White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas, starting June 25, with two receptions, one July 9 and another in September. The exhibition will be open through September 30, 2011

Two of my photographs were juried into the Hecho en Dallas (Made in Dallas) exhibition at the Latino Culture Center in Dallas, March 10 through April 29 2011.

I was invited to participate in ¡Lotería, Lotería! at The Bath House Cultural Center April 30 through June 4, 2011. My photograph was of The Umbrella.

2010

I decided to try a year without entering any competitions nor seeking exhibitions to have my photographs exhibited in, but The Austin Sun, whose staff I was on in 1975 and 76 and where I took a lot of black and white photographs, insisted I show three or four of those pictures in their Rehearsals for the Apocalypse — The Austin Sun Years at the South Austin Popular Culture Center, 1516 South Lamar Boulevard, September 11 through October 23 2010.

2009

The Dallas Arts Revue 30th Anniversary Member Show included two of my photographs December 5 2009 - January 30 2010

On September 26, 2009 I and my Amateur Birders Journal was named The Dallas Observer Best Of Dallas "Best Bird Nerds," a tie with David J. Ringer.

My photograph of Kathy Boortz' La Ensiana de la Selva was selected for the cover of the 2009 White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour map and brochure.

Bull with Cattle Egrets - Photograph Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Bull with Cattle Egrets

Los Angeles Times art critic David Pagel chose my photograph, "Bull with Cattle Egrets" to be included in the 2009 Art in the Metroplex exhibition at Texas Christian University, September 1 through October 1, 2009, the eighth time I've got in that annual exhibition.

A photograph of Purple Martins Moments Before the Storm at White Rock Lake was in The McKinney Avenue Contemporary's Fifteen show celebrating their 15th anniversary, and it was selected by art organizer Gail Sachson as one of her 15 pieces to talk about at an art talk there on August 12, 2009. It was also mentioned in her blog on KERA's Art&Seek blog, though it and the several other pieces from the show were badly reproduced there, and she called my color photograph black & white.

2008

My photograph, "Three Pelicans and a FedEx Truck" was selected by juror and Art in American Contributing Editor Eleanor Heartney for the 2008 Art In The Metroplex exhibition, a prestigious annual show at Texas Christian University, September 6 through October 1, 2008

My photograph, "Past Tense Tulips," last seen as a part of a performance art piece at the Fierce exhibition in July, will be in EASL's Fort Worth Art Heist in August, 2008 at the Fort Worth Community Art Center.

Again invited to show in Salon du FIT curated by Rita Barnard, who chose my "Great Blue Heron with a Mohawk" and "Harpy Eagle Yawn" to show at the Bath House July 12 through August 9, 2008.

I was invited to exhibit in the Emergency Artists Survival League (EASL)'s exhibition-only (no fund-raising) in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center in April 2008.

An exhibition of my best bird photographs called The Amateur Birder's Journal: White Rock Lake Bird Photographs by J R Compton was at the White Rock Lake Museum at the Bath House Cultural Center on White Rock Lake from January till mid-April 2008.

2007

I was invited to participate in Salon du FIT (Festival of Independent Theatre) at the Bath House Cultural Center July 7 through August 4, 2007. Curator Rita Barnard chose my digital photographs, "Spiral Merriment" from my ongoing Home Still Lifes series and "Gnarly Red Flower."

"Dead Coot Soldier" was selected for the annual Outside The Lines competitive exhibition at the Bath House Cultural Center in May.

2006

Six of my photographs — all taken within four days of the opening were included in Big As Night, Too a DallasArtsRevue Member Show at 419 North Tyler as a part of Mighty Fine Arts' gallery's Big As Night II, October 28, 2006.

Glow: Paradise, Bird Of - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Glow: Paradise, Bird Of  © 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

 

My photograph "Fish Fight" was juried into the competitive 2006 Art in the Metroplex exhibition at Texas Christian University by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Curator of Painting Janet Bishop, September 9 through October 7, 2006.

Two Glow Photographs: "Paradise, Bird Of" and "Red Flower Dying" were accepted into the Botanical Arts exhibition at the downtown Dallas Public Library's 4th Floor, Lillian M. Bradshaw Gallery from September 4 through September 30, 2006

I was invited to participate in the September 2006 Emergency Artists Survival League (EASL) fundraiser, Art Heist 2006 involving "150 Outstanding Regional Artists." My framed photograph there will be called "Glow," although I have no idea which photograph that will be, yet. They needed a title, and several of my current favorite photographs involve radiance.

I was invited to lead a Photographic Walking Tour of White Rock Lake from the Bath House Cultural Center as a part of their 30th Anniversary Celebrations in August, 2006.

Glow in the Dark - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

J R Compton - Glow in the Dark

I was invited to participate in Salon du FIT (Festival of Independent Theatre) at the Bath House Cultural Center July 8 through August 5, 2006. Curators Gred Stinson and Rita Barnard chose my digital photograph, "Glow in the Dark" from my ongoing Home Still Lifes series.

I was invited to exhibit my photograph, "Yellow Daisy After Two Weeks" in Red and Yellow at North Lake College in Irving, Texas, May 11 through June 14, 2006.

2005

Selected by James Elaine, Hammer Projects Curator at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles to be included in the 2005 Art in the Metroplex exhibition at TCU September 10 through October 6, 2005.

Invited to exhibit one photograph in the White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour Preview Show at The Bath House Cultural Center in September 2005

Invited to exhibit two photographs in The Salon du FIT 2 show at The Bath House Cultural Center in July 2005

Invited to exhibit one photograph in the inaugural art exhibition for the new White Rock Lake Museum September 9, 2004 through January, 2005

2004

Participant in the White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour, in October 2004. See their web page for more information.

Invited to exhibit in The White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour show at the Bath House Cultural Center September 10 through October 2, 2004

Donated a work to the EASL Fantasy Furnishings & Fetishes benefit auction in Fort Worth, August 20 - 29, 2004

In the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art (formerly D-Art) membership show through August 14, 2004.

Invited to exhibit in The Salon du FIT, curated by Rita Barnard and Greg Stinson at the Bath House Cultural Center, July 15 through August 7, 2004

The White Rock Lake Journal, a one-person show at The Bath House Cultural Center, in April, 2004

A 2-day, 1-person showing of very recent photographs for a show and tell of my life in An Evening with J R Compton upstairs at Paperbacks Plus in Dallas, March 28, 2004

Photographs that I shot in 1974, then published in The Austin Sun are featured in an online video segment about Austin artist Ken Featherston on Austin TV station KXAN-TV 36, 2004

2003

Excerpts from the wedding video I shot of my niece, Joyce and Jay Culbertson, were featured on the TV show Inside Edition's Wedding Bill Blues segment aired on Friday November 7, 2003

Juried into the 2003 Art In The Metroplex exhibition at TCU's Moudy Gallery September 6–26, 2003.

Invited to exhibit 2 photographs in Digital Visions Now curated by Paul Rogers Harris at Mountain View College's MUC Hallway Gallery, September 22 - October 10, 2003

City Views membership exhibition at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary August 2-31, 2003

Juried into the 2003 Outside The Lines competitive exhibition at The Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas, July 2003. Jurors were Paul Rogers Harris, Maria Teresa Garcia Pedroche and Kathleen Dello Stritto. I won second prize.

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2002

Participated in and directed the first DallasArtsRevue Supporting Member exhibition, 1026 Tranquilla in a green, hilly Casa Linda neighborhood near White Rock Lake, December 6, 7 and 8, 2002

Picture Yourself Self-Portrait exhibition at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, August, 2002

The 500X Open Show - May — June, 2002

2001

The Membership Show at Dallas Visual Arts Center in Dallas, November - December, 2001

Critic's Choice competition juried by Nasher Sculpture Center director Steve Nash at Dallas Visual Arts Center in Dallas, June - August, 2001

Out 500X Window - Photo 2002 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Out 500X’ Window - 2002

The 500X Open Show, open entry exhibition, summer 2000, spring, 2001, and summer 2002

2000

Richland College Computer Festival's Exquisite Corpse Exhibition - I was invited to do the "legs and feet" portion of a 3-part form, March-April 2000

1999

DigitalIsm - new collages were shown in an invitational exhibition curated by Bob Nunn at North Lake College in Irving, Texas, March 3-24, 1999

20 X 500, Invitational 20th anniversary exhibition at 500X Gallery, September/October 1998. The show traveled to Richland College, then the Waco Art Center in early 1999.

1997

Student Photography & Digital Imagery Competition at the Richland College Gallery, May 1997, while I was taking Photoshop classes there.

Digital Imaging: The New Frontier invitational, curated by Paul Rogers Harris at Richland College's Lakeside Gallery, February - March 1997

Paul Rogers Harris Collection curated by Murray Smither at the Richland College gallery, February 1997

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1996

Critic's Choice competition at D-Art in Dallas, May 1996

Photo exhibition and literary reading at Paperbacks Plus in Dallas, October 1994 - October 1996

1994

Exquisite Corpse, an invitational exhibition at DARE's McKinney Avenue Contemporary, November 1994

1993

The DARE Membership Show at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas, August 1993

The Book Show, an invitational exhibition at Artisana Gallery in Deep Elm, July - August 1993

The Throne Show, an invitational exhibition at Artisana Gallery in Deep Elm, 1992-93

The D-Art Membership Show, Dallas, June 1993

Critic's Choice competition at D-Art in Dallas, two photographs selected, May 1993

1991

Vampirism in Personal Relationships, a national mail art exhibition at Gray Matters Gallery in Dallas, November - December, 1991

Allen Street Gallery's Last Third Sunday Exhibition at Trammell Crow Center, downtown Dallas, September 1991

Mosaic, an invitational exhibition comprising a community wall of 'spirit bundles' by Dallas artists curated by Mary Iron Eyes at D-Art, September 1991

Invited to submit a photograph-enhanced toy box for The Beaux Arts Ball invitational exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art, April 1991

1990

Critic's Choice competition at D-Art in Dallas, three photographs among 44 works selected from 800 slides by Rick Brettell, Susan Barnes and Jeff Kelley, June - July, 1990

The Beaux Arts Ball invitational exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art, May 1990

Stairs, Chairs & Fences at La Pagode Vietnamese restaurant on Bryan Street near downtown Dallas, January - March 1990

1989

The Wall Art & Graffiti Show at Allen Street Gallery, May - June, 1989

Invited to create a chair for the Dallas Museum of Art Beaux Arts Ball charity auction, via Peregrine Press. The chair was auctioned to raise funds to buy Texas art for the museum, April 1989.

Invited to exhibit work in The Self Portrait Invitational at Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Dec. 1988 - Jan. 1989

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1988

Critic's Choice, competition at D-Art in Dallas, curated by Dallas-Fort Worth art critics Ann Jarmusch, Janet Tyson, Donald Dnaub and Rick Brettell, September - October 1988

The Alumni Show, invitational exhibition at Allen Street Gallery, September 1988

The First Third Sunday in Seven Years at Allen Street Gallery, July 1988

CityFest, invitational, curated by independent curator Paul Harris at CityPlace, May 1988

Visual Fiction, invitational at 4100 Gallery, May 1988

Participant in Alan Kaprow's Sweeping performance art, Deep Ellum and UTA, April 1988

1987

Three photos selected to the fifth annual Critic's Choice show at D-Art in Dallas, September - October 1987

Two photographs in the 14th Annual Spring Open Exhibition at Arco Tower, a competition judged by San Antonio Museum of Art Director Jim Edwards, April 1987

Dallas County Community College District Alumni Show, an invitational exhibition, and my interview was selected for a traveling video show promoting Dallas community colleges. Both were organized by Joy Poe at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, Texas, February - March 1987.

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1986

The Madonna Show, an invitational at San Antonio Art Institute, December 1986

TFAA Annual at Laguna Gloria Museum in Austin, juried by Houston's Menil Collection director, Walter Hopps, November 1986 (traveling throughout 1987)

The TFAA Crescent Citation Show at the Crescent Galleries, Dallas, Oct. 1986

Critic's Choice at D-Art in Dallas, Sept. 1986

Art In the Metroplex judged by Peter Frank at TCU, Sept. 1986

Color! Annual of The Texas Photographic Society juried by Joel Myerowitz and exhibited at First City Plaza in Austin, Sept. 1986

Four photo-silk-screened plates in the Invitational Plate Show at Conduit Gallery (later shown at the Plaza of the Americas, downtown Dallas), April 1986

1985

Jurors Commendation, Art In the Metroplex at TCU, Ft. Worth, judged by Henry T. Hopkins, 1985

ArtWalk '85 showing at Robin Milsom Small Business Services during ArtWalk 85, April 1985

1984

A multimedia installation, "A Political History of Dallas, 1970-84," including slides and audio at Left Right The Political Show at 500X Gallery, 1984

1983

The Car Show at 500 Cafe, Dallas, 1983

One photograph accepted for the competitive Art In the Metroplex show at TCU in Fort Worth, 1983

Mary B's Barbecue on McKinney Avenue, in Dallas, one-man show, 1983

1982

The 500X Open Show at 500 Exhibition Gallery, 1982

Invitational Group Show at Brookhaven Community College, 1982

University of Texas at Dallas' Rock'n Roll Photography Show, 1982

The Red Horse Flying Show invitational, at D-Art, 1982

1965 - 1981

The Flying Red Horse Show invitational, at Dallas City Hall, 1981

Dallas Art III juried show at Dallas City Hall, 1980

Third Sunday group show at Allen St. Gallery, 1978

J R Compton and James D'Avignon, two-person show at the University of Dallas Art Department, 1965


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Photographs Published In

2009

My photograph of Texas sculptor Eric McGehearty's Sisyphus is on the cover or front page of Herber Mandelartz's book Sisyphus Is Still Alive, about modernization of public administration, to be published in October 2009.

Ducks Affeared - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Ducks in Fright Flight - November 17, 2006  Copyright 2006 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

My photo of a bunch of ducks flying is being used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on an outdoor exhibit panel at Devils Lake Wetland Management District in North Dakota.

Two photographs of herons flying are included in academic papers by University of Genova, Italy researcher Julien Favier on the Aerodynamical Properties of Birds' Feathers in The Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

A photograph of a White-winged Dove is on a website for a small public elementary school in Brownsville, Texas, whose mascot is the White-winged Dove.

My photograph of a crow defeating a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk may be used on the cover for the Kaweah Land and Arts Festival, although I haven't heard back from them in awhile now. It's been a very popular image since the beginnings of my Amateur Birder's Journal.

 

Grand Funk Railroad LP

Grand Funk Railroad LP cover 1972
Mine is the photo of Mel Farner in the
middle with polkadot shirt and floppy hat.
 

Photographs published in:

Associated Press, The Austin Sun, Buddy, The Commerce Citizen, The Commerce Journal, The Allen Street Gallery ContactSheet, Contemporary Keyboard, Crawdaddy, D-Magazine, Dallas Arts Revue, Dallas Magazine, The Dallas News, Dallas NOTES, The Dallas Observer, The Dallas Times Herald, Dallas-Fort Worth Home & Garden, The DARE Newsletter, Edinburg Daily Review, Entertainer, The ETSU East Texan, The ETSU Special, Exile on Main Street, Lakewood-Now.com, an album cover for Grand Funk Railroad (my photo was of Mel Farner in the floppy hat and polkadot shirt), HOOKA, Iconoclast, Instant Karma Comix, Jet, The Journal of Fluid Mechanics, KERA-TV's One Night Stand, Life Magazine, The Milwaukee Bugle American, National Jazz Educator, Outlaw Times, The People's Voice, The (Austin) Rag, The Real Free Press (Amsterdam, Holland), River City Times (San Antonio); The Special Official Souvenir Program for the First Fifth International Armadillo Confab & Exposition in Victoria, Texas; Tennis, The Texas Catholic, Texas Monthly, Texas Observer, The Topeka Capitol Journal, Trinity River Messenger (Fort Worth), The Underground Press Syndicate, United Press International, The University of Dallas Shield and Women's Wear Daily

And in 2007, a cover photograph (of a piece from Joel Cooner Gallery here in Dallas) on the cover of Santa Monica, California's The Argonaut.

Four of my bird photographs were in His own flight plan by Steve Blow about me in The Dallas Morning News July 13.

 

My latest email address is always on the Contact page.

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