Art of 2014
Spray (c) 2014. Bobby James.
Queen Isis. (c) 2014. Bobby James. Marker/Pencil.
Sin & Lust (c) 2014. Bobby James.
Circus Freak (c) 2014. Bobby James.
(c) 2014. Bobby James.
The Recruitment (c) 2014. Bobby James.
(c) 2014. Bobby James.
Burlesque. (c) 2014. Bobby James
The Life of Flowers. (c) 2014. Marker. Bobby James. For My Mom.
Breath of Life. (c) 2014. Bobby-james
The Spring of Life. (c) 2014. Bobby-james
Joy on Parade. (c) 2014. Bobby-james.
Originally drawn in 2007, I’ve recycled this image to be the cover art for #BodyBobby.
“Gerry’s Flamingo” (c) 2014. Bobby James.
Dancer. (c) 2014. Bobby James.
Created for Nataleigh, a young girl who gifted me a piece of art. Pen/Marker. (c) 2014. Bobby James.
Marker/Pen. (c) 2014. Bobby James
Lion. (c) 2014. Bobby James. “Kingdom Masks” Series.
Lovebush. colored pencil/pen. (c) 2014. Bobby James
Inspiration and Artistic History
Art has always been a passion of mine, I’ve drawn and colored since I could hold crayons, markers, and pencils. Visual Art has been a great way for me to illustrate ideas, bring concepts to life or to simply enjoy a quiet moment. As a child I was always drawn to abstract ideas, animals and dinosaurs. As I grew, my artistic scope began encompassing more.
The male figure entered my artistic scope in high school, as a direct response to my cousin’s advanced drawing courses in college.
Inspired by Roxanne (my cousin, of course!), who was studying figure drawing, I created Torso in 2005. Torso would serve as my inspiration for my “Faceless Man” Series, a series devoted to male figures without faces. The collection continues to grow by the year.
Though some of my best works are figure drawings created from pencil and ink, my most expressive and creative works are created with markers, colored pencils, or pastels. These elements are generally found in my “Elephants” Series. Elephants are one of my favorite mammals and represent positive and inspiring qualities, which I hope my work has captured.
The top [.elephants.] photo was created as a companion piece to a documentary short I directed and produced in 2010 titled The Ivory Role. To date, the short and this image have been seen in over 90 countries and counting! The bottom two photos were created as companion pieces to “The Ivory Role.”
As art goes, every artist has historical and cultural inspiration. Given I rarely use paint and never create landscape pieces, some may find it interesting that one of my early influences was the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (my favorite Monet is Ice Floes). Monet’s influence is probably most seen in my early work, where I tended to use light or pastel colors and asymmetrical balance.
I’ve drawn inspiration from Michael Breyette (www.breyette.com), and traditional Indian (as seen in “The Ivory Role”) and Aboriginal art. I’ve begun blending dots and circles with rudimentary techniques (i.e. cross-hatching, shading) for many of my recent works to create pieces illustrating the various cultural, simplistic, and historical influences.
Recently, I was inspired by David Wolk’s hybrid art show/theatrical experience Charm Ape to create a new series (seen below) featuring human bodies with animal masks.
Art of 2013
Pink Elephant. 2013. Bobby-james. Acrylic Paint. This piece was created with elephant conservation in mind. Please consider making a donation to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Charm Ape. “Kingdom Masks” Series 2013. Bobby-james. Marker – the baboon mask was created in response to David Wolk’s Charm Ape show. It served as the inspiration for my “Kingdom Masks” series.
Zebra. 2013. Bobby-james “Kingdom Masks” Series. Marker
Giraffe. 2013. Bobby-james “Kingdom Masks” Series. Marker
Elephant. 2013. Bobby-james “Kingdom Masks” Series. Marker.
Snake. 2013. Bobby-james “Kingdom Masks” Series. Marker
Mermaid. 2013. Bobby-james. Marker
From Behind. 2013. Bobby-james “Faceless Man” Series. Marker
Glutes. 2013. Bobby-james “Faceless Man” Series. Marker
Dolphin. 2013. Bobby-james. Marker.
Roswell. 2013. Bobby-james. Marker. I created this piece with my 4 year-old nephew Cody.
Great Ape. 2013. Bobby-james. Permanent Marker
Sarah’s Hummingbird. 2013. Bobby-james. Pen
“Believe” – Christmas greeting 2013
Piph the Elephant (c) 2013
The Story of Piph (c) 2013
Art of 2012
The Tip-Toe Elephant. 2012. Bobby-james. “Elephants Series” Pen/Marker
Broken Warrior. 2012. Bobby-james. Pen
Uncut. 2012. Bobby-james. “Faceless Man Series” Pencil/Pen
The Odd Flamingo. 2012. Bobby-james. Pen/Marker
Bird of Prey. 2012. Bobby-james. Pen/Marker
Shadows and Life. 2012. Bobby-james. Pen/Marker
70s Brah. 2012. Bobby-james. Pen/Highlighter/Marker