James L. Ochs is a self-employed artist with over 30 years of studio experience in printmaking, painting and drawing. He has been an art instructor at the university level, while operating Ochs Studio- established as a teaching and printmaking studio in Iowa City. When speaking about his work, Ochs describes, “I contrast things within the figure, something different opposed to it to make it more poetic and mystical, as opposed to something very classical.”
James Ochs was born in Denver, Colorado in 1943. He gained print experience at Blacks Print Studio in New York City, and he worked in collage and paint at the Art Student League. He received his B.A. in painting at Colorado State University, and went on to earn an M.A. and M.F.A in printmaking and drawing from the University of Iowa. Ochs’ work can be found in prominent art collections around the US, including the Des Moines Art Center; Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine, IA; Farm Bureau, Des Moines, IA; Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Harvard College, Cambridge, MA; and Brown University, Providence, RI. Featured in over 120 national, regional and solo shows nationwide, his works have received numerous awards, including the Coconut Grove Art Exhibition, Coconut Grove, FL; and the Winter Park Art Festival, Winter Park, FL.