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Meet the new owners of Display of Eminence

Art and Peggy Hittner purchased Display of Eminence at the 2010 Mountain Oyster Show Art and Peggy Hittner Display of Eminence, my entry into the 2010 Mountain Oyster Club art show in Tucson, is now in its new home. Its new owners, Art and Peggy Hittner, are recent transplants to Arizona after a lifetime in Boston. Their story [...]

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Display of Eminence sells at the Mountain Oyster show

Painting’s development process shared Display of Eminence" by James Ayers This year, at the 41 st annual Contemporary Western Art Show held by Tucson’s Mountain Oyster Club, I had the pleasure of visiting with Art and Peggy Hittner, the eventual buyers of Display of Eminence. Before we met face-to-face, we exchanged emails about the painting. The Hittners inquired about [...]

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Presenting Navajo Finery

COLLECTOR UPDATE: Navajo Finery has been sold.My newest painting depicts a c.1870s man wearing a jewel of the Navajo loom Navajo Finery by James Ayers, oil on board, 32" x 24 In Navajo Finery, I portray a proud Navajo man from the 1870s. He is wearing a classic third phase chief’s blanket.A valuable possession Before Navajo women developing [...]

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Introducing Safekeeping – An homage to Navajo weavers

Update March 4, 2011: Thank you for your interest in this painting. Safekeeping has been SOLD. Purchase of this painting will help support Navajo weaving education for youth at the historic Toadlena Trading Post Safekeeping by James Ayers, oil on board, 16" x 20" Safekeeping features a c. 1880s Navajo woman wearing a traditional woven dress and [...]

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The History Behind Encounter with the Teton Sioux

Sharing with you a preview of my recent painting commission In my final installation of articles about my commissioned work that will be on exhibit at the Tucson Museum of Art, I present the history behind the painting Encounter with the Teton Sioux, September 25, 1804. Encounter with the Teton Sioux, September 25, 1804, oil on canvas, [...]

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An interview with the owner of Encounter with the Teton Sioux

One man’s vision to chronicle the Lewis and Clark expedition with fine art images A private collector recently commissioned me to develop Encounter with the Teton Sioux, September 25, 1804 to be included in a Tucson Museum of Art exhibition devoted to fine art that chronicles the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806 Encounter with the Teton [...]

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Presenting: Encounter with the Teton Sioux

Sharing with you a preview of my recent painting commission I recently completed a commissioned work that will be on exhibit at the Tucson Museum of Art from October 23, 2010 to January 23, 2011 as part of a private collection of artwork devoted to chronicling the historic Lewis and Clark expedition. "Encounter with the Teton Sioux," [...]

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Wahktageli, Gallant Warrior

This is the final work from my recent solo show at Legacy Gallery, Portraits of Honor Karl Bodmer painted the original portrait of Wahktageli, or "Gallant Warrior". He was called "Big Soldier" by the Missouri traders, and was painted at the Sioux agency at Fort Lookout below Fort Pierre, in what is now the state of [...]

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Mato-Tope, Four Bears

My version of this famous Mandan chief from my recent one-man show, Portraits of Honor, at Legacy GalleryMato-Tope, a Mandan Chief, (~1795-1837), painted at Fort Clarke by George Catlin in 1832 and by Karl Bodmer in 1834 "Mato-Tope" by James Ayers Mato-Tope (Circa 1795-1837) was a Mandan chief. He was also called “Four Bears”, after a battle [...]

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Ladookea, “Buffalo Bull”

One of the more unusual warriors featured in Portraits of Honor, my August 5, 2010 one-man show at Legacy GalleryGrand Pawnee Warrior, originally documented by Catlin in the 1830s "Ladookea" by George Catlin Described by George Catlin “as a warrior of great distinction,” Buffalo Bull appears with bow and arrow in his hands and with his totem [...]

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