" SAGE GRINDER "
75 s/n Giclee Canvas
14" x 18"
The Whitney Gallery of Western Art at the Buffalo Bill Historical Society in Cody,
Wyoming provides one of the most concise descriptions of James Bama’s artwork
it has been our pleasure to read: "The artist's natural talent, academic training,
and practical professional experience as an illustrator equipped him with the
tools to succeed as an easel painter. Influenced by photography, abstract
expressionism, pop art, and illustration, Bama fused these media and styles
into an ultra-detailed brand of realism based on complex compositions. Unlike
many artists working in the American West today, he steadfastly refused to
paint the Old West but instead dedicated his career to painting real people of
the modern West. His detailed portraits capture the ethnic and cultural
complexity of the American West through people who live simultaneously
in two worlds."
"Sage Grinder" is one of Bama’s most recognized paintings and a perfect
of his vision for capturing the West. “My model for this painting,
” begins Bama, “was a young Navajo girl, a student at Brigham Young
University. One summer, on the outskirts of Cody, she and a number
other Indians re-created an early native village to demonstrate the
manner in which the Indians lived before the arrival of Columbus.
admission, they taught such crafts as sage-grinding, cooking
and the making of weapons. The entire encampment was all very well
done. It was a rare opportunity for me to pose them and to produce
a series of paintings ('Pre-Columbian Indian with Atlatl' & 'Pre-
Columbian Indian' are included in this group). Before the summer ended
they packed up camp and disappeared. I have not heard from them since.
The Greenwich Workshop Anniversary Fine Art Edition of "Sage Grinder"
on canvas what could previously only be viewed under glass. At 18” x 14”
you can see the extraordinary attention to detail that once led a collector
to x-ray a James Bama painting to determine whether he had actually
painted an original work art or doctored a photograph (the x-ray proved
it was a painting). No Western art collection could be complete without
the inclusion of a James Bama painting as part of it. The Anniversary
Edition Canvas of "Sage Grinder" is truly one of James Bama’s best.
Sage Grinder - James Bama
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