James Crowe was born in McPhearson, Kansas, but lived most of his adult life in Dallas, Texas. After earning a BFA in design at the University of North Texas, he spent most of his business career with Herman Miller Furniture Co. and Knoll International, which enabled him to connect with such notables as Frank Lloyd Wright, Isamu Noguchi, Louise Nevelson, Alexander Calder, Charles and Rae Eames. It was Calder who greatly influenced the direction of his art.
During his very prolific art career from 1979-2004, he participated in over 120 exhibitions, 6 of which were solo shows. A retrospective of his art was held at the Irving Arts Center in September 2004 with a display of over 230 pieces of his art. As a well known Dallas artist, his sculpture and mobiles are in many private and corporate collections, including Hall Financial Group of Frisco, Texas, Radisson Hotel DFW South, and The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art.