|Size:||26" x 8" x 8"|
Limited edition: 17 and 18 of 48 are available
“Omo Girl”: This figurative piece represents someone that James met on his travels. All of his figurative work has a theme: His wildlife is for Artists for Conservation, a subject which James feels works well for his style, ie. translating rawness in the wild (impressionistic). This is harder to contain in figurative work. He is trying not to overwork the sculpture but to create shapes to elude to what’s there. The true effect of his work is said to be' hyper-real’.
This photo was taken in a place that is impoverished - Southern Omo Valley, southern Ethiopia. The area is fairly malnourished, well touristed, and rare in its density of so many tribes within a small area. It was not easy for James to travel as some areas are not very accessible. “Omo Girl” is of the Dassanech Tribe, in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia. This tribe was relocated by the government and is being placed on the border of Kenya and Ethiopia at Lake Turkana.
It took James a while to find ‘her’. He had hundreds of photographs after his travels to this area, but within them, this little girl encompassed the emotion of his entire experience. Bringing that emotion into other homes, to him, is bringing travelling to others’ doorsteps—characters you would meet while there. James feels that this is making the world a smaller place in a positive way.
When James went away from the area, he had an overwhelming sense of despair mixed with sight. Omo Girl was standing there—so strong—resiliency in her eyes. As you can see, one of her hands is curled open. To James this translates openness. As tough as she is, she is open to help. She will survive and is in charge, but at the same she is community-oriented and a kind person. James wanted to mix that strength with the feeling of innocence. Casting dualities within a sculpture is the toughest part; he’s not just looking at it for the sculpture but for its multiple sides.
James Stewart is a Whistler Artist whose obsession for Character has led him through 65 countries. His work, highly realistic from afar is abstract in execution imbuing the surface with a raw energy that is strikingly contemporary. The collection is a choir of individual voices speaking to global unity. His sculptures, placed all over the world connect cultures through our relatable, universal expressions. The human condition is the soul of art and these characters, from seemingly unrelatable corners of the earth, connect you. This voice, this connection is the art.
James has been a member of Artist’s for Conservation, was part of the landmark trip to China to promote environmental awareness and supports Soysambu with proceeds from sales. He is a member of the Explorer’s Club and this year’s winner of the Charlotte Geffken Prize, first place, at the 84th Annual National Sculpture Society Awards.
"...his creations certainly are [recognizable] — without James Stewart The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe would have no lion and District 9 would be missing its aliens. Beyond the film world, this talented artist is a world-renowned sculptor set on capturing the essence of the countries he visits." - Interview, Destination, February 2013