Featured Artwork: James Ayers presented by the Celebration of Fine Art

"Lakota Horseman" by James Ayers

“Lakota Horseman”
Oil on Canvas
48 in. x 48 in.


About the Artist:

James’s paintings are the result of years of research combined with personal exploration and observation. James has studied details of the cultures he portrays with an anthropologist’s eye, and marries his understanding of the struggles of modern Native cultures with his knowledge of their artifacts and rituals.

After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1991, James began a pattern of traveling, living, and working with indigenous peoples worldwide.

He traveled on foot with the semi-nomadic Samburu and Turkana people in Africa’s Great Rift Valley. He explored Native American reservations from Maine to Arizona, living with the Iroquois in the Northeast, the Sioux in the Great Plains, and the Hopi and Navajo in the Southwest.

James has sought first-hand experiences with dozens of tribal cultures, and with each relationship, he has gleaned insights that help him understand the historical material he incorporates into his art.

Although the subjects in his works are fictionalized accounts, every facet of James’ paintings is historically correct—from the style of a man’s plaited hair to the weapons used and even the motifs which decorate tipis, clothing, and shields.

James’ work can be seen at the Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale, AZ January 14–March 26, 2017. The Celebration of Fine Art is a unique art experience which gives visitors the opportunity to watch 100 artists in their working under one roof. Open daily from 10 am–6 pm. Visitors enjoy strolling through the 100 artist studios under the 40,000 square foot exhibit tent. Artists are on-site creating, allowing for the visitor to watch them at work, discover what inspires them and the techniques used to create the works of art. Come to Scottsdale to see more of James’ works in person and discover the stories behind each unique work of art.



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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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