The James Castle Primer


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The James Castle Primer is beautifully designed and features the most up-to-date research on Castle (United States, 1899–1977). He was a self-taught artist and found inspiration in the detritus of everyday life, especially in the materials he collected from his parents’ home-based post office and general store in rural Idaho. Working primarily with soot, spit, and homemade tools, Castle was able to create a complex style that was wholly his own. Castle was born deaf and had only limited means of communication. However, thanks to the support of his family, he had dedicated space, supplies, and plenty of time—he was allowed to skip most farm chores—to make art.

Beautifully reproduced images of James Castle’s soot drawings, handmade books and constructions are included.

Author Nicholas R. Bell, Senior Vice President for Curatorial Affairs at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, offers fresh perspective on Castle’s art and practice.

- Hardcover
- 80 pages, 6 × 8.25 × 0.4 inches
- 54 color plates
- 2018
SKU: 37299

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