James Bama - An American Realist
James Bama is thought of as being a "realistic" illustrator - with his lifelike detail he breathes life and humanity into his subjects.Many would classify him as a Western artist, but he prefers to call himself an American Realist. James Elliott Bama, born on April 28th, 1926, in Washington Heights, New York knew when he was young he wanted to be an artist.
After graduating from New York's High School of Music and Art, he entered the Army Air Corps where he worked as a mechanic, mural painter, and physical training instructor. When he recieved his discharge from the military and was back in New York City, he studied drawing and anatomy at the Art Students League.
New Direction - From Illustration to Fine Art
He became an illustrator at New York's Charles E. Cooper Studios for 15 years beginning in 1950. His first paperback cover was Nelson Nye's A Bullet for Billy the Kid in 1950. Bama had a 22-year career as a successful commercial artist, producing paperback book covers, movie posters and illustrations for such publications as Argosy, The Saturday Evening Post and Reader's Digest - his numerous clients included the New York Giants football team, the Baseball and Football Halls of Fame and the U.S. Air Force.
In 1964 he married another artist, Lynne Klepfer, a New York University graduate with an art history major. Two years later, in June, 1966, the couple headed west as guests of artist Bob Meyers at his Circle M ranch near Cody, Wyoming. Meyers had left his career as a successful Manhattan illustrator with such magazines as True and The Saturday Evening Post to run his ranch and paint. After return visits in 1967, the Bamas left New York and moved during September, 1968, into a cabin on Meyers' ranch. Bama began to paint contemporary Western subjects during the daytime while doing his freelance illustrations in the evenings. He recalled, "I never came out here with the idea to be a Western artist. It just happened, and that's the way it should be."
Then in 1968, he moved west to Wyoming permanently to pursue his love for portraying contemporary Western subjects. Of his move west he stated:
"Here an artist can trace the beginnings of Western history, see the first buildings, the oldest wagons, saddles and guns, and be up close to the remnants of Indian culture - and you can stand surrounded by nature's wonders."
Cody, Wyoming - A Move Out West
But in 1970 Bob Meyers was murdered, and his widow, Helen, moved away from the ranch. The Bamas then moved to a house on Dunn Creek, Wapiti, about 20 miles outside Cody, in 1971. In May of 1971, Bama connected with a New York dealer, prompting his decision to abandon illustration and put his total concentration into the creation of easel paintings. In Wapiti, James and Lynne Bama built a new home along with a studio and moved into it when their son Ben was born in 1977.
On June 28th, 2000 Bama was inducted into the Illustrator's Hall of Fame. At the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, when he was the first Honored Artist at the Buffalo Bill Art Show in 2003, he commented:
"Everything I've done - the rodeo, the trappers, the mountain men - has been done around here. The fact that I'm from Cody makes this very significant to me. They're really honoring Cody and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center."
James Bama derived a great deal of pleasure from the friendships he has developed with many of the Native American subjects of his portraits. Years ago, he discovered that on a personal level, they are often very different from the wild or confrontational image they often project. For example, Wes Studi, a full-blooded Cherokee, established an impressive screen-acting career with his intense portrayals of a Pawnee war-party leader in "Dances with Wolves" and as the vengeful Magua in "The Last of the Mohicans," yet Bama found him genial and obliging. During their visits to the Bama home, Studi and his children often spent happy hours playing basketball with the artist and his son. The cultural gap was bridged as two fathers enjoyed time with their children. .
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This deluxe edition is limited to 1000 signed and numbered copies, with slipcase, and Paul Jilbert's one hour documentary of the artist on DVD. The illustration art of James Bama has now been collected into this impressive 160-page full color hardbound edition. James Bama: American Realist is the first book to span his entire career. Examples explore his diverse brush from magazine illustrations, paperback book covers, and advertising. Chapters examine his work in pop culture, horror, science fiction, adventure and western genres, concluding with his most recent fine art endeavors.
This volume features a detailed biography exploring his noteworthy and singular career. Insightful quotes by Bama accompany many pieces. In addition, testimonials by leading artists, writers, and historians are contained throughout. 160 pages in color. Over 260 illustrations are featured, of which more than 85 are from the original art. Over 30 personal photographs of family and modeling shoots are contained within.
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