Learning Enhanced through ExperienceMy paintings are more than just a slice of Native American history. They are the result of years of research combined with personal exploration and observation. I study historic artifacts, research customs and rituals, and marry these with my understanding of the struggles of modern Native American cultures.
I have to ask: In the chronicles of human history, countless cultures have emerged, matured, waned, and then finally disappeared. What perspectives of this world have died with them?
In the face of inevitable change, my mission is to honor the customs and beauty of traditional cultures through my paintings.
Twenty Years of ResearchShortly after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1991, I began a pattern of traveling, living, and working with indigenous peoples worldwide that continues to the present day.In the course of my exploration and research, I have had the honor of experiencing dozens of tribal customs and cultures, including
- The semi-nomadic Samburu and Turkana people in Africa’s Great Rift Valley
- Native American reservations from Maine to Arizona, where I lived with the Iroquois in the Northeast, the Sioux in the Great Plains, and the Hopi in the Southwest.
- The Arapaho Sundance Ceremony during a visit to the Wind River Reservation in Ethete, Wyoming.
- Traditional Navajo weavers and sheepherders at the historic Toadlena Trading Post region of the Navajo reservation in New Mexico
Authentic DetailsMost of my paintings are fictionalized accounts of Native American lifeways rather than literal representations of specific events. Yet, I make sure that every facet of my work is historically correct — from the style of a man’s plaited hair to the weapons used and even the motifs which decorate tipis, clothing, and shields.Out of respect and honor for the people and cultures I paint, I strive to achieve the utmost honesty and authenticity I can attain. I have a belief that this authenticity provides a more poignant impression for the viewer. James has had so many requests for his work to be available in giclees, that he has begun releasing some of his paintings in this format. They can be seen here, http://jamesayers.com/2011/07/07/fine-art-giclee-prints-now-available/ I have only scratched the surface of this wonderful artist, visit his website http://jamesayers.com/ to see all his paintings and read more about his work.