CONTEMPORARY NW COAST ART
Well-known artist recognized for his significant contributions to Contemporary Northwest Coast Indian Art works. James Bender’s work summons dignity and refinement, honoring this traditional art form through the use of clean, simple lines and impeccable craftsmanship.
BACKGROUND AND TEACHING
In 1972, while earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Seattle’s University of Washington, the artist began carving Northwest Native American art. During his early years, he studied under Bill Holm and Duane Pasco, noted artists who have made major contributions to the revival of Northwest Indian art. In appreciation of those who shared their artistry with him during his apprenticeship, James Bender continues to pass on his craft by remaining active in the teaching of others.
Most celebrated pieces are the artist’s two fifty-foot totem poles located at Victor Steinbrueck Park in Seattle’s revered Pike Place Market and five totem poles at Seven Cedars Casino in Sequim, Washington. Renowned for their elegance and sensuality, the totem poles are recognized among the finest and most viewed examples of contemporary Northwest Coast Indian Art in the United States.
INSTRUCTION AND APPRENTICESHIP
JAMES BENDER, ARTIST, Bainbridge Island, WA 1980-Present
WOLFDANCER STUDIO / KESTRAL TOOL, Lopez Island, WA 1982-Present
Teacher of Contemporary Northwest Coast Art and Jewelry Making
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, Seattle, WA 1984 Demonstration – Silver Engraving
KETCHIKAN HERITAGE CENTER, Ketchikan, Alaska 1981 Teacher of Mask Carving and Two Dimensional Design courses.
DUANE PASCO, ARTIST, Poulsbo, WA 1973-1978 Apprentice under noted and respected Contemporary Northwest Coast Artist.
PRIMITIVE ARTS GALLERY, Seattle, WA 1974-1977 Exclusive Rights
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, Seattle, WA Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, 1975
UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND, Tacoma, WA School of Art, 1969 – 1971