DID YOU KNOW, JIM...
—Has been asked to be the subject of a reality show several times over
—Is self-made and not the product of a wealthy family
—Owns two fine art galleries, one in Lambertville, NJ and the other in Palm Beach, FL
—Owns a wholesale jewelry business in New York City
—Named his Palm Beach, FL gallery after his twins Ashley and John
—Divides his weeks between his businesses in Palm Beach, FL; Lambertville, NJ and New York City
—Is the author and publisher of four books, including New Hope for American Art
—Is a longtime boxing enthusiast
—Represents the estates of artists:
- Vaclav Vytlacil (1892 - 1984), American Abstract artist
- Mercedes Matter (1913 - 2001), Amercian Abstract Expressionist
- Charles Searles (1937 - 2004), African-American painter and sculptor
At 21, Jim opened his own antiques shop. One day, while delivering an antique piece to a client's home, Jim spotted an Edward Redfield painting on the client's wall. "It looked blurry to me. I didn't understand impressionism yet. I preferred clear, hard-edged pictures," Jim explained. "He (the client) proceeded to tell me it was worth $50,000 - more than ten times my net worth at the time!" From that point on, Jim was hooked. He started his collection of Pennsylvania Impressionists in 1991. Jim's first purchase was "Road to Centre Bridge" by Kenneth Nunamaker.
Jim opened Ashley John Gallery in Palm Beach in 2009. With over 2,000 square feet of exhibition space, guests can purchase paintings from a selection of over 200 works by such nationally-known artists as Vaclav Vytlacil, Hilla Rebay, Martha Walter, Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber, Mercedes Matter, John Grabach, Fern Coppedge, Joseph Meierhans, Harry Leith-Ross, Walter Baum, Josef Zenk, B.J.O. Nordfeldt, Walter Schofield, and many more.
When asked what is the best piece of advice you can give someone who is trying to build an investment quality collection, Jim always advises, "the art we sell not only adds warmth, beauty and culture to your home or office, it also relieves stress upon viewing and can outperform many intangible assets over time."