Jim Fitzpatrick - Fine Artist

Jim Fitzpatrick

South San Francisco, CA - United States

 
 
 

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Jim Fitzpatrick

South San Francisco, CA - United States

Jim Fitzpatrick - Fine Artist

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About Jim Fitzpatrick

Jim Fitzpatrick, United States

I loved drawing as a boy but stopped for years. I'm self taught... I mainly do portraits. A few years back I started drawing again and also got back into photography. Over the years I've held a wide variety of jobs and experiences. Shortly after high school, while attending SF State in 1978, I became the photographer for the professional wrestling promotion which regularly held events at the Cow Palace by San Francisco. Shortly after that I started training to skate professional Roller Derby which was one of my passions. Originally I was hired in 1978 to work on the track crew which set up the large, portable banked track they skated on. In 1980 I became a professional skater for the World Champion San Francisco Bay Bombers and skated in some amazing places like the Cow Palace and as far away as Buenos Aires, Argentina and Tokyo Japan. During my skating days I also worked part time at a health club as a fitness instructor and even worked for a house painter. I then became certified in shiatsu massage after shoulder injuries ended my skating career. Still wanting to be involved with Roller Derby I became a referee. In 1987 I performed Roller Derby stunt skating in an MTV music video for McAuley Schenker Group for the song, 'Love Is Not A Game'. I then went to work for Dakin, Inc., a famous toy company, in their mailroom and later advanced into their traffic department where I held two different positions over the next couple of years. I then became a police clerk and later a police service technician. Then I became a fire inspector and was also a reserve cop for a short while. Later, when the inspector job was eliminated due to budget cuts I became a fire fighter. For a while I was the Acting Deputy Fire Marshal. Over the years I've performed magic and entered several stage competitions and my son and I took 2nd place one year. I also performed a number of pay jobs as a clown magician, a serious magician, a strolling magician and a magical Santa Claus. After getting hurt at work during a fire I went through years of physical therapy and treatments to become more mobile. Not just one thing helped me by itself but a combination of working out, watching my posture and diet, Myofascial Release treatments, Prolotherapy Injections and staying active helped give me a life again! I've been interviewed about it on TV and in newspaper articles. I hope I can inspire others who live with chronic pain to not give up!

In recent years I helped bring old school, pro Roller Derby and my old team, the SF Bay Bombers back. Currently I'm the team's coach and GM, one of our league's trainers, the Northern California Rep and also one of the executive producers for our TV shows. I guess that's one reason why I like to draw when I get a chance. It's my way of relaxing, unless the drawing I'm working on is going bad. lol

I've also published 3 photo books. My first, 'Roller Derby Classics...and more!' deals with the history of the sport and also my involvement in it. My second book was a children's book, 'I Have a Chin! A Japanese Chin' about our family's pet dog. My third book was 'When I Shot Good and Bad Guys (who wrestled at the Cow Palace'. It contains some photos I took during that brief period of time I worked for the wrestling promotion.

In 2011 I met NFL Hall Of Fame legend Dick Butkus and gotten on board with his Butkus Foundation's 'I Play Clean' campaign to end steroid abuse among young athletes. For more info and to take the 'I Play Clean' pledge visit www.iplayclean.org

I've held two art exhibitions so far. One was held in 2011 at the LC Gallery located in the Westfield Mall in downtown San Francisco. One of my works on display that day was of Senator Leland Yee. Senator Yee made an appearance during my exhibiton. In March of 2012 I held my second at ManCave Memorabilia in San Mateo, CA. For that exhibition I displayed some of my works of famed boxer Mike Tyson. The timing couldn't have been any better since he was on hand making a special appearance. My family and I were granted a private meeting with him at which time I presented him with a pastel drawing I had done of him and his family.

In March of 2013 I was one of several artists featured in the ebook 'Best of Activism in Art - I' by Sarah S. Vati.

On June 10th National Geographic editors published one of my photos as 'our favorite photos' in their Daily Dozen Share!

Most recently I submitted samples of my portraits to Art Tour International Magazine for a chance to be included in their 2014 edition, ATIM'S TOP 60 MASTERS OF CONTEMPORARY ART 2014. I received word back my submission was accepted by their panel of art critics, gallery directors and interior designers from Italy, Canada and the USA!

I'm married and have two children. Joey is 21 and Vanessa is 16. We also have two Japanese Chin dogs, Meme and Liebchen!

Please note- all these images belong to me and all copyright laws apply.

Below are links to my other sites....

www.facebook.com/JimFitzpatrickArtworkAndPhotography
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5858784/
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Art Tour Internationals Video Release Of The Top 60 Masters Of Contemporary Art 2014

South San Francisco, CA - June 22nd, 2014

Art Tour International just released their video of the Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Artist 2014 in conjunction with promoting their recently released catalog by the same name. Two our my works appear in the video and can be seen starting at the 6 minute mark. It was an honor to be included in the catalog and video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzZVehkCC6M For more of my works visit my web site: http://jim-fitzpatrick.artistwebsites.com/ To visit my fan site: https://www.facebook.com/JimFitzpatrickArtworkAndPhotography

My Coffee Table Photo Book

South San Francisco, CA - June 21st, 2014

I've just completed a coffee table book on my artwork and photography. Copies are available directly from me in hard copy and soft copy formats. http://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/projectdetail.sfly?fid=dfc6c2e3a038e8b026cd1d30d33b21f1&sid=2AaOWLRq3ZuHEg&key=2AaOWLRq3ZuHEg&shareProjectTitle=Photo+Book&pid=SFLY&cid=SHARE3PSJXX# Please feel free to visit my fan page at https://www.facebook.com/JimFitzpatrickArtworkAndPhotography

Art Tour Internationals Top 60 Masters Of Contemporary Art 2014 Is Now Available

South San Francisco, CA - May 17th, 2014

Today Art Tour International's ATIM's Top 60 Masters of contemporary Art 2014 issue has being released! I'm featured on page 108! There will be a special launching event on June 11th in Italy, broadcast on Toscana TV and another or in Miami, Florida on Sept 5th. http://www.arttourinternational.com/2014-atim-top-60.html My Fan page... https://www.facebook.com/JimFitzpatrickArtworkAndPhotography

One Of My Works Received Honorable Mention From Art Tour International

South San Francisco, CA - May 13th, 2014

Today Art Tour International informed me I was one of 7 artists who received honorable mention for my work "The Joker - Mixed Media"!

Jim Fitzpatricks New Artwork And Photography Website

South San Francisco, CA - March 18th, 2014

I've just activated my new web site through Fine Art America and am in the process of adding prices to all my works which are available for sale! Feel free to visit my Facebook page as well.... https://www.facebook.com/JimFitzpatrickArtworkAndPhotography

GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Wrestling Legend Moondog Mayne By Rock Rims

South San Francisco, CA - August 13th, 2013

Professional wrestling historian and writer, Rock Rim released the final installment today of a 4 part article on the late wrestling legend Moondog Mayne. It appeared in The Flying Bodypress, One of my photos of Moondog Mayne, taken the famed Cow Palace in 1978, was featured in the article. Rock also plugged the fact I'm a member of Fine Art America.....! http://theflyingbodypress.blogspot.com/2013/08/gone-but-not-forgotten-by-rock-rims.html?spref=fb For more information on Rock.... https://www.facebook.com/rock.rims?fref=ts

Cow Palace Wrestling In A Bygone Era

South San Francisco, CA - July 17th, 2012

Cow Palace wrestling in a bygone era by Mark Pritchard August 21st, 2008 @ 8:56 AM During the 1960s, professional wrestling was huge at the Cow Palace. There are vast websites devoted to the phenomenon, which was part of a circuit that included Sacramento. Now a new book, When I Shot Good & Bad Guys Who Wrestled at the Cow Palace, commemorates the era. The book collects photographer Jim Fitzpatrick’s work documenting the bouts held by promoter Roy Shire, a former wrestler who became the biggest wrestling promoter in Northern California in the 1960s (scroll down in that page to “The Beginning” for Shire’s story). You can order When I Shot Good and Bad Guys here. shareshare Tags: 1960s, Cow Palace, professionalWrestling, RoyShire, wrestling Posted in Books, Cults, Entertainment | 1 Comment »

San Franciscos Cow Palace Wrestling Photo Book

South San Francisco, CA - July 17th, 2012

Wrestling News Center Your Online Source For Local And National Pro Wrestling News Sunday, August 24, 2008 San Francisco's Cow Palace Wrestling Photo Book Wrestling and photography have been synonymous with each other since the inception of portable cameras. Wrestling and San Francisco’s famed Cow Palace have also been linked since the grand old building's inception in the 1950s. Even though the building has become popular for hosting the west coast legs of such legends as Liberace, John F. Kennedy, The Beatles and Elvis Presley, probably the one most consistent mainstay of the building was Roy Shire’s National Wrestling Alliance San Francisco territory. Names like Ray Stevens, Pepper Gomez, Pat Patterson, Mr. Fuji, Don Muraco and Dory Funk Jr. would grace these hallowed halls all while being photographed by a young kid fresh out of high school named Jim Fitzpatrick. He'd lat...

Jim Fitzpatrick Athlete

South San Francisco, CA - July 13th, 2012

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Fitzpatrick_(athlete) Jim Fitzpatrick (athlete) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jim Fitzpatrick (born April 15, 1959) is an author, sports photographer, portrait artist and former athlete in the sport of roller derby. Fitzpatrick, born and raised in San Francisco, California, skated for the San Francisco Bay Bombers, of the International Roller Skating League (IRSL) Roller Derby, the 1977–1987 revival of the sport. Following a number of shoulder separation injuries, he became a league referee. In 1980 he skated in an altered version of Roller Derby which combined Roller Derby rules with those of Roller Ball called Roller Superball. This series was held in Luna Park Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1987, he performed Roller Derby stunt skating in an MTV-aired music video for the song "Love Is Not a Game" by McAuley Schenker Group. ...

Local Man Honored As Roller Derby Manager Of The Year

South San Francisco, CA - July 12th, 2012

Local Man Honored as Roller Derby Manager of the Year by Carolyn Livengood Refer to the attachment

Reliving The Glory Days Derby Star Calvello Inspires Fan Book

South San Francisco, CA - July 12th, 2012

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San Francisco Photo Book A Keeper By MIKE MASTRANDREA SLAM Wrestling

South San Francisco, CA - July 10th, 2012

San Francisco photo book a keeper By MIKE MASTRANDREA - SLAM! Wrestling Wrestling and photography have been synonymous with each other since the inception of portable cameras. Wrestling and San Francisco’s famed Cow Palace have also been linked since the grand old building's inception in the 1950s. Even though the building has become popular for hosting the west coast legs of such legends as Liberace, John F. Kennedy, The Beatles and Elvis Presley, probably the one most consistent mainstay of the building was Roy Shire’s National Wrestling Alliance San Francisco territory. Names like Ray Stevens, Pepper Gomez, Pat Patterson, Mr. Fuji, Don Muraco and Dory Funk Jr. would grace these hallowed halls all while being photographed by a young kid fresh out of high school named Jim Fitzpatrick. He'd later find fame in another funky California fad -- the San Francisco Bay Bombers in rol...

Mike Tyson Appearance And Local Artist

South San Francisco, CA - June 5th, 2012

Special Public appearence Signing by Boxing Legend Mike Tyson! Saturday after noon, Apr 7, 2012, form 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. at ManCave Memorabilia, San Mateo, CA, Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles. He won the WBC title when he was 20 years, 4 months and 22 days old, after defeating Trevor Berbick by a TKO in the second round. Throughout his career, Tyson became well-known for his ferocious and intimidating boxing style. He was the first heavyweight boxer to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles simultaneously. Tyson is considered to have been one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. Tyson won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, with twelve of them occuring in the first round. He unified the belts in the splintered heavyweight division in the late 1980s ...

Jim Fitzpatrick From Pain To Fame

South San Francisco, CA - June 5th, 2012

Jim Fitzpatrick: From Pain to Fame Sun, May 1 2011 05:13 | Therapy, Sports, Health, California, ABC, Television, Tips, Bay Area, Pain Relief, Inspirational One of my patients, Jim Fitzpatrick, was recently interviewed in the Mercury News on his on going fight with chronic pain and his success despite this disability. He also recently completed an interview with Cheryl Jennings and myself about alternative approaches to chronic pain at ABC. I am really proud of Jim and encouraged by his will to conquer pain. Excerpt from the Mercury News article "From roller derby to art gallery": About 10 years ago, the South San Francisco resident was coping with mobility issues and chronic pain after retiring as a firefighter due to a disability. He went through years of physical therapy until, in recent years, his doctor recommended a treatment known as myofascial release, which decreased his...