Philadelphia-born painter James Brantley attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia, for a year before beginning military service in Vietnam. He returned to PAFA and graduated in 1971. He continued his studies, graduating from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, in 1972 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1973. Brantley was awarded the Hallgarten Prize from the National Academy of Design, NYC, and the Louis S. Fine Purchase Prize from PAFA.
Stylized landscapes and figuration are recurring themes in Brantley's art. His works are included in numerous public and private collections, including PAFA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia; Petrucci Family Foundation of African American Art, Asbury, NJ; and the U.S. Department of State Collection in the United States Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records