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James Ayers

The Medicine Ring, Oil, 60" x 48" ©

James Ayers' art reflects the emotional connections he has made with the indigenous peoples he has spent time with. These connections have enabled him to develop many visual images inspired by experience, exploration, and observation of the different lands and people. These images have been enriched by James' personal ties to, and admiration for, the indigenous peoples of the world.

James graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1991. He spent time traveling on foot with the semi-nomadic Samburu and Turkana people in Africa's Great Rift Valley and lived with the Hopi people of North America's Great Southwest. These experiences have given him empathy with the struggle of indigenous people to survive in the modern world and an artist's appreciation for the beauty of form, pattern, and embellishment of these cultures. His paintings can be found in collections throughout the United States.

James' primary medium is oil on canvas. James finds that oil paint is an ideal medium for capturing the depth, drama and spirit of the subject matter he paints.



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