Philadelphia born painter James Brantley attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) for a year before departing to serve in Vietnam. He returned to PAFA and graduated in 1971. He then graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1972, and the University of Pennsylvania in 1973. Brantley won the Hallgarten Prize from the National Academy of Design and the Louis Fine Purchase Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. Stylized landscapes and figuration are recurring themes in his work. Brantley has two works included in PAFA’s collection: Some Sunday Morning (2003) and Brother James (1968), which depicts his close friend, artist Barkley Hendricks. Brantley’s work is also in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.