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The Art of James Bama
 
About James Bama
“I paint people. When I first moved out here, folks were still alive that lived here before Wyoming was even a state. The frontier was still alive. I would go to pow-wows, rodeos, the reservations and even rendezvous to seek these people out. No one was focusing then on painting real people as I did.”

- James Bama

James Bama - Heritage

 

Artist James Bama

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. more

 

 

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Chuck Wagon in the Snow


The chuck wagon, invented in the 1860s by Texas cattleman Charles Goodnight, served as home base for cowboys on open range cattle drives and roundups. A welcome site at the end of hard days, the chuck wagon provides warm meals and companionship out of the saddle. It remains popular today in the open-range states of the far West where distances are great and it is impractical for cowboys to return to the comfort of a ranch house every night. Of the quiet landscape, Chuck Wagon in the Snow, Bama says he finds magic in the snow and its softening effects upon whatever it touches near his home in Cody, Wyoming.

Bama is referred to as an “American Realist.” Through his detailed portraits of Native Americans and cowboys, we see the American West as it is today and not a vision of the Old West. Bama enrolled in the Art Students League under the GI Bill. He had a twenty-two year career in commercial art as one of Manhattan’s top illustrators, before devoting his time to award-winning success in fine art. It is a testament to his talent and its enduring influence that his work from those early years continues to be honored in the world of illustration, science fiction and fantasy.

 
 

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James Bama - Sage Grinder

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Sage Grinder

Sage Grinder is one of Bama’s most recognized paintings and a perfect example of his vision for capturing the West. “My model for this painting,” begins Bama, “was a young Navajo girl, a student at Brigham Young University. One summer, on the outskirts of Cody, she and a number of other Indians re-created an early native village to demonstrate the manner in which the Indians lived before the arrival of Columbus. Charging admission, they taught such crafts as sage-grinding, cooking and the making of weapons. The entire encampment was all very well done. It was a rare opportunity for me to pose them and to produce a series of paintings (Pre-Columbian Indian with Atlatl & Pre-Columbian Indian are included in this group). Before the summer ended they packed up camp and disappeared. I have not heard from them since.”

 
 
 

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James Bama - Northern Cheyenne Wolf Scout

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Northern Cheyenne Wolf Scout

Artist James Bama’s portrait of a Northern Cheyenne Wolf Scout is among his most beloved portrayals of a proud warrior decorated with trophies from both war and hunting. His headdress and armbands, made of wolf hide, give him the power and stealth of the wolf. He wears a necklace of buffalo teeth and around his torso is the rawhide lariat for catching wild horses. Hanging down from his waist is hair from a scalp that he carries with him so that the scalped person will be unable to kill him in the afterlife. This scout has blackened his eyes and hands to represent the claws and eyes of a wolf. On his face, arms and chest, he first smeared buffalo or deer fat, then white clay from the riverbanks to represent the white underbelly of the wolf.
 
 
 

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James Bama - Indian Rodeo Performer

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Indian Rodeo Performer

 
 
 

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James Bama - Little Star - Navajo Maiden

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Little Star

James Bama blends realism with spirituality in his portraits of the contemporary West, from dude ranchers, trappers and restless young Native American men, to descendents of renown warriors and delicate beauties in ceremonial dress like Little Star. The conflict between Native American myth and reality disappears with Bama’s paintings of the unique personalities that surround him in Wyoming. “'Little Star' is the Indian name for Millie Cody, this beautiful Navajo maiden,” says Bama. “I had the chance to see her teaching ancient crafts in Indian dress, going to church in a long pioneer-style gown and dancing to rock in hip huggers. She could easily have become Miss Indian America. To me, she was."
 
 

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James Bama - 1880s Still Life of Saddle and Rifle

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 1880s Still Life of Saddle and Rifle

 
 
 

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James Bama - Holy Man - Holy city - Crow Indian Portrait

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Holly Man, Holly City

 

“This is one of my favorite paintings because of the combination of the location and the subject,” says James Bama. “I had the chance to attend two different ceremonies this holy man performed. He’s a Crow Indian and a member of the Whistling Water Clan. The Crow are the only plains tribe with a clan system. I think there are about ten different clans in the tribe and the Whistling Water Clan is the largest. That makes him a very important person in Crow society and an impressive subject to paint.The Holy City is a lava formation about eight miles from my house. It is in the Bighorn National Forest, which leads into Yellowstone National Park. The same volcanic activity that created Yellowstone’s landscape formed these. They are very dramatic. Putting the two together made a great deal of sense to me because they are both such moving subjects. At first take, one would think that they represent two very different kinds of inspiration, but the more you think about it, the more you realize they actually belong together.”

- James Bama 

 

 
 

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James Bama - Buffalo Bill 4th of July

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Buffalo Bill - 4th of July

For James Bama, moving to Wyoming from New York City proved to be, perhaps, one of the finest career choices he ever made. “I paint people,” says Jim. “When I first moved out here, folks were still alive that lived here before Wyoming was even a state. The frontier was still alive. I would go to pow-wows, rodeos, the reservations and even rendezvous to seek these people out. No one was focusing then on painting real people as I did.”

 

 
 

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James Bama - Crow Indian With Peace Pipe

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Crow Indian With Peace Pipe

 
 
 

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James Bama - Heritage - Shoshone Indian Portrait

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 Heritage

Though Lloyd Chavez is a Mountain Ute, he poses here with traditional Shoshone Indian accoutrements. Artist James Bama found him to be a particularly striking model and painted him four times over the years, here with a sparrow hawk tied in his hair, a seashell necklace draped across his neck and a deerskin quiver slung across his back.

The animal hide stretched behind Chavez is covered in paintings depicting Indian dances, a buffalo hunt and a captured American flag. In the absence of a written language, such paintings recorded events in the life of an individual or family. Sometimes the paintings were done in calendar style, visually recounting the highlights of each passing year. The paintings often decorated a warrior’s tepee, so that all who passed could recognize the great deeds of the warrior within.

 

 
 

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James Bama - The Pawnee - Pawnee Portrait

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The Pawnee

James Bama has derived a great deal of joy 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 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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James Bama - Buffalo In Storm

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Buffalo in Storm 

More than any other animal, the buffalo embodies the rugged tenacity required to survive on the frontier. The day Bama encountered this buffalo, the snow was fourteen inches deep and the animal’s coat and hooves were crusted with ice, but still the animal ventured on. This evocative winter scene follows in the footsteps of the immensely successful Chuck Wagon in the Snow; Old Saddle in the Snow and Old Sod House.
 
 
 

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James Bama - Young Indian Dancer

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Young Indian Dancer

This boy is one of four Arapaho brothers who danced at a festival. From the badges on his shirt (hand-made from snapshots of his family) to the unique markings on his face, the young dancer is a perfect example of Native American youth today. Young Indian Dancer is a natural partner to Indian Boy at Crow Fair, Bama’s last Small Work, which featured another of the four dancing brothers.
 
 
 

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James Bama - Heading for High Ground

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Heading For High Ground

To create the scene that would become Heading for the High Ground, artist James Bama called upon his friend Jim Williams. Williams, says Bama, is a “real modern-day mountain man. He used to trap and he lived in the Southwest in a cave. He had an old-fashioned porcelain bathtub and all that you would expect. He’s a terrific guy.” With Williams signed on to model for the painting, they traveled to nearby Rimrock Dude Ranch to borrow a horse for the day.
 
 
 

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James Bama- Black Elk Great Grandson

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Black Elk's Great Grandson

Clifton DeSerca, a Sioux, lives and works in the modern world but has strong ties to the last days of the free-roaming horseback Native American of the plains. His great-grandfather was Black Elk, a Sioux holy man whose autobiography is considered one of the most important pieces of Native American literature. As a young man, Black Elk participated in the battle of the Little Big Horn. In his older years, he told his story to John G. Neihardt who translated it into the classic Black Elk Speaks. DeSerca serves his people by being involved in a reservation outreach program working with alcoholics. He is portrayed here wearing a Sioux headdress and a historic shirt from the trading-post period.

 
 
 

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James Bama - Buck Norris—Crossed Sabres Ranch

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Buck Norris - Crossed Sabres Ranch

 
 
 

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James Bama - Bittin Up  Rimrock Ranch

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Bittin' Up, Rimrock Ranch

 
 
 

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James Bama - The Teamster

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The Teamster

 
 
 

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James Bama - On The North Fork Of The Shoshoni

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On The North Fork Of The Shoshoni

 
 
 

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