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James Bama - ON THE NORTH FORK OF THE SHOSHONI -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by James Bama

Original Retail Price $195.00
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Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 19"w x 19"h.
Published: December 1993

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"It was nine degrees the day we worked on this image - incredibly cold. We couldn't go more than a half mile from my house. We managed to get to the river bottom, which is treacherous going because of all the snow-covered rocks. But it was also a crisp day and the clarity was terrific.

"It was just amazing the way the light hit the scene. It was a magical moment: the sun was low and dramatic on this pristine snow. The horse, who had gotten pretty furry by that time of year, also added to the balance between the sharpness and softness.

"Most people take the shoes off their horses and don't ride during that time of year, so you can't really give this cowboy a story because he'd have to be an idiot to go out on a day like that. But I guess cowboys and Western artists are just two of a hardy few who brave the Wyoming winter weather along the banks of the Shoshoni River."

James Bama
James Bama was born in 1926 and grew up in the Northeast. He followed his early interest in art through New York’s specialized High School of Music and Art and the Art Students League. As a professional, Bama has earned a reputation for several facets of his talent. He freelanced briefly before spending fifteen years at the respected Charles E. Cooper Studios—at the time, the country’s top firm of illustrators—and more freelancing followed. Bama’s activities during this period were highlighted by artwork for the New York Giants football team, the Baseball and Football Halls of Fame, the U.S. Air Force and The Saturday Evening Post. Fans of pop culture may know him best as the artist who portrayed Doc Savage on sixty-two memorable book covers. Then Bama decided it was finally time to do what he most wanted to do. He moved west to Wyoming, where an artist “can trace the beginnings of Western history; see the oldest weapons, saddles and guns and be close to Indian culture.” He sold his first Western fine art painting soon after the move. The distinctive work of James Bama combines tradition with modern realities. In his much-acclaimed studies, Bama shows the contemporary West preserving its traditional culture. His portraits of inhabitants of the plains and mountains capture the true character of the West. Today the paintings of James Bama are part of many prestigious collections. Bama has been represented in major exhibitions throughout the West and has been presented in one-man shows in New York City. Bantam Books published The Western Art of James Bama in 1975 and The Art of James Bama in 1993. Jim was inducted into the Illustrator’s Hall of Fame June 28, 2000. Through his portraits of real people of the new West re-creating their history and heritage, Bama pays homage to the Old West and is renowned in yet another realm of the art world.


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