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James Bama - READY TO RIDE -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          READY TO RIDE
by James Bama

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Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 12 1/2"w x 18 3/4"h.
Published: February 1995

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"I've wanted to interpret the women of the West for some time. I was pleased that my first subject was Phyllis Preator who delivers the mail in a Pony Express outfit at the time of the annual summer parade in Cody, Wyoming.

"In actuality, there were no female Pony Express riders but there were women who delivered the mail in the frontier days. Had there been women Pony Express riders, they, like the men, would have to be ready for anything, be it inclement weather, robbers or hostile Indians. And they would have definitely have had to be ready to ride-hard, fast and long!

"I enjoy capturing all the different textures of this particular outfit, which Phyllis wears in the mountains-from the leather, buckskin, cloth, wood and steel to the blond hair and tanned flesh. Sugar and spice and everything nice do not constitute the women of the West. I'd like to think that someone as strong as Phyllis does."

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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