Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Jim Harman has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.
Jim is a sculptor and jeweler based in Oregon. For more than 30 years, Jim worked in the jewelry trade. As a lapidary artist, Jim cut stones for his jewelry designs and his bronze sculptures feature stones that he has cut.
Jim was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #11. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.
Jim’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her photography in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.
Below are Jim’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.
Jim grew up in southern California. He graduated from Long Beach State College, Long Beach California, in 1967 with a BA in fine art. Through the 70's, Jim continued to paint. During that time, Jim started cutting cabochons. A cabochon is a style of cutting semiprecious gem material and has a flat back and a domed top. Most often agates and jaspers are cabochons cuts. With a large collection of cabochons, it was time for Jim to learn how to make jewelry. With some help from other jewelers, the learning experience began.
In the early 80's, Jim took a number of classes at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco. For 30 years, Jim worked in the jewelry trade. Part of the process of creating custom jewelry included carving wax models to be cast by the lost wax casting process. The creation of wax models for jewelry and bronze sculpture are much the same. The transition was seamless. As a lapidary artist, Jim's bronze pieces showcase his stones.
I have two bodies of work. In my earlier work, the PRIMORDIAL RECOLLECTIONS series, I used animal bones for the foundation of my pieces. As animal bones have a sculptural quality on their own, I gave them a new identity. Not just bones. While these pieces are highly modified, they provide an opportunity to showcase the stones that I have cut.
My current focus is on bowls and vases. Most often, a vase has one hole and is the same on all sides. Expanding on that concept, I am making vases that have two sides. Each side has a different look. Some of my vases have multiple holes. Typically, my vases are about two inches thick, front to back. If you tire of looking at one side, you can turn it around. Two different looks in one vase.
Jim's art can be seen at the following websites:
SILVER WORK: www.finedesignercabochons.com/silver-mounted-saddle