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Artist of the moment…..James Bama

This artist is best known for his very detailed and intricate paintings and etchings of the old West.

A montage of the artist’s work set to wonderful music.

He was born in 1926 in Manhattan, New York. As a child he loved comic books and enjoyed reading and making copies of the artwork.

At the young age of fifteen he made his first illustration sale of the Yankee stadium in the New York Journal-American.

As he grew up in New York City he attended the cities High School for Music and Art. He then entered the Army Air Force and was a physical trainer, mechanic and a painter of very large murals.

After leaving the Army he studied at the Art Students League of New York. He went on to be an illustrator at the Charles E. Cooper studios. Starting with a paperback book cover with Billy the Kid the artist worked commercially as an artist for twenty two years. For the Bantam paperback series Doc Savage the artist executed sixty two covers over the years.

In 1964 he married an art history major. In 1966 Bama and his wife went to visit artist Bob Meyers at his home in Wyoming. Bob Meyers was a very successful illustrator working for the Saturday Evening Post. Meyers gave up illustration and just wanted to paint and run his Wyoming ranch.

Two years later the couple moved into a house on Bob Meyers ranch. James Bama was able to work both commercially and to paint his surroundings to build up his own portfolio.

In 1970 Bob Meyers was murdered. His wife moved from the ranch and James Bama and wife moved into a house in 1971. In 1971 Bama made a connection with a New York art gallery dealer who convinced him to give up illustration and focus on painting unique works of art.

The artist has books on his artwork available on http://www.amazon.com for

Inducted to the illustrators Hall of Fame in 2000.

High price range: Watercolors record is $48,000. Oils record is $112,000.

Low priced range: Prints and works in ink available for less than one thousand dollars.

Bama has worked in many mediums including watercolor, gouache, oils, acrylics, and prints.

The artist is one of a group of artists that worked commercially for many years learning how to make great compositions and using many mediums. This group then went on to become the masters of art today. I include in my group Howard Terpning, Bob Kuhn, Pino D’Angelico, and Everett Raymond Kinstler.

If you struggle with inspiration look up any of these artists who were highly successful commercially, Pino did more than 3,000 book covers, and all were successful in the field of Fine Art.
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