We’re excited to be hosting a gallery viewing of bronze works by sculptor James Stewart. The show will be in our studio from Sept 10 – Oct 2 and is open for public viewing Wed – Sun, 12 – 6pm. The opening night was a great success and we’re thrilled to be in our new space. Feel free to stop by for a visit to check out this great show.
A collection of figurative works bysculptor James Stewart.
James Stewart is a Vancouver artist whose work seemingly spans centuries and the world’s cultures, yet is firmly planted in the here and now. The eight bronze sculptures in this collection are of specific individuals the artist has encountered in his travels. They are from diverse locations and cultures which include Peru, Italy and the Sinai Peninsula. When viewed together one finds the common thread that defines Stewart’sadmirationand respect of human dignity in all its forms.
Stewart’s interest in other countries and cultures has taken him to over 45 countries spanning four continents. As an accomplished photographer,he has rigorously documented these travels and the thousands of lives that he has been touched by. It was a natural progression that his encounters and experiences would find their way into his artwork.
Stewart’s work, which is highly realistic and traditional in execution, is also strikingly contemporary in its creation. He has mastered the rare ability to imbue his figures with the subtleties of both gesture and nuance that brings them to life. A keen eye describes the individual’s details, which allows the audience to share in his original experience with the subject. While very familiar with working from a live model, these works are created by referring to the exhaustive photographic records he takes while travelling. Working in front of a large videoscreen and using multiple images, hefirst re-creates his experiences in oil-based clay. It is not unlike he is a photo-journalist who is reporting in a three-dimensional medium.
Using the “cire perdue” or lost wax method, Stewart uses the finest foundry, Artworks, to fabricate the bronze. This technique dates back to ancient Greece and was used by such renowned artists as Bernini and Rodin. The completed piece is then used to make a mould which is used in the casting of the bronze artwork. Each work is individually hand-finished and then a patina is applied. Each artwork is cast in an edition of nine along with two artist’s proofs. The creation of these works is carefully monitored and documented. Upon completion of the edition the artist will supervise the destruction of the mould.
Pangea is the term for Earth’s landmass before it shifted to the continents we know today – it’s a time when everything was together and connected. Stewart’s vision is that our common roots speak about how we all remain connected and how these connections can still be located in Earth’s manydiverse geographies and cultures.
“Making art helps me to understand the world. Pangaea is my keel through the chaos, a series that highlights the ‘dignity within us all’.”