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James Bama is one of the best contemporary artists working today. His portraits - of people from the smallest child to the greatest hero - have garnered the respect and captured the imagination of art collectors and critics around the world.
The Art of James Bama is a new, comprehensive collection of his finest work, showing real people of the new West recreating their history, and descendants of the Old West paying homage to their heritage. Bama's ability to convey their emotion gives his paintings a resonance like no other.
The artist has long been acclaimed for his fascinating studies of the contemporary West embracing its traditional culture - portraits that seem to go beyond the surface of the model to the essence of the inner person. In these pages you will meet the oldest living Crow Indian, a man who would be Buffalo Bill, and even Doc Savage, as well as men and women of the new West keeping the traditions of the Old West alive.
James Bama's art has been collected and exhibited in major museum shows, in many prestigious collections, and now in this beautiful book, which presents works from throughout his fine art career, many seen for the first time here. All are splendidly reproduced in full color under the auspices of The Greenwich Workshop, Bama's exclusive limited edition print publisher and the largest fine art print publisher in North America.
The way people feel inside is not always the way they appear outwardly, says the artist. In my paintings, I try to capture their innermost feelings. I would like to think that the body of work I produce makes a valid statement about life and is unique in that it is not something that has been done before.