James Newcombe was born in Papua New Guinea and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. He moved to Australia at the age of eighteen where he attained degrees in Medical Science, Public Health and Medicine before completing postgraduate training in Paediatrics, Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology. He is a regular contributor to the medical and scientific literature and is a medical consultant for network television series in Australia. He lives in Sydney. This is his first book.
'Framed: A Journey Into Edward Hopper's America has much charm and the freshness of inspired amateurism...Hopper was an artist deeply engaged with the condition of America as he found it, neither idealising nor romanticising it. Newcombe's journey through the heartland of provincial America - Hopper country - can bear witness to the reality of his vision.'Patrick McCaughey, former director, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford and National Gallery of Victoria, MelbourneThe Weekend Australian Review, 8th February 2020'Newcombe got it. That's Edward Hopper.'Barney Ebsworth, Private CollectorSeattle, Washington'This research will introduce many art lovers to cherished works by Hopper that are probably in their own backyards, among the museum treasures throughout the US.'Martha Fleischman, DirectorKennedy Galleries, New York'I enjoyed reading the manuscript. It is clearly written and conveys Newcombe's enthusiasm for the artist.'Helen Cooper, Holcombe T. Green Curator of American Paintings and SculptureYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut'It was a very enjoyable way to read about Hopper's work and Newcombe's impressions of each as he encountered them.'Margaret Bullock, Curator of Collections and Special ExhibitionsTacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington'I found it to be entertaining as well as informative. I found the writing to be of a consistently high quality.'Larry Miller, Works on Paper SpecialistHigh Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia'Hopper's scratching his head about Newcombe now, perhaps pleasantly so. I'm sure he's been doing that for awhile, as his art has inspired many voices over the years.'Margaret Ausfeld, Senior CuratorMontgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama'I enjoyed this book. Clearly, the writer did a good deal of research and interviewing, as well as travel, and that is always interesting and useful for the reader.'Franklin Robinson, Immediate Past DirectorHerbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York'Newcombe has written an accurate and interesting section on the history of our watercolor and we do thank him.'Carol Gillham, Assistant CuratorAckland Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 'The manuscript is interesting. I learned a lot, not only about the circumstances surrounding the acquisition of our painting but also the early days of the Fogg Museum. Travel is an engaging theme.'Peter Timms, DirectorFitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Massachusetts'A very enjoyable adventure to experience through Newcombe's words and eyes.'Louise Lippincott, Curator and Director of Fine ArtsCarnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania'What a great project. I wonder how many people will retrace this route.'Lisa Petrulis, Curator of Collections and ExhibitsSheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana