James Travers Sculpture
"Travers, the alchemist, has worked his magic, transforming humble matter into exceptional art".
- Judy Collischan, Ph.D., Welded Sculpture of the Twentieth Century, Hudson Hills Press 2000
 
About James Travers

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"THIS", I say, "IS WHAT WORKS!!"

It’s about the art. But where did it come from? I grew up in Woodbury, CT (the antiques capitol of the U.S.). The home of Surrealists Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy. Seven miles from Alexander Calder’s home in Roxbury, CT. Eight miles from Naum Gabo’s home in Middlebury, CT. I remember meeting both Calder and Sage. 

I lived on a farm for a time as a young boy, and had four uncles who were farmers, and I developed visual values formed by the stripped-down, almost
FANATICAL PRACTICALITY and organic complexity of the country outdoors. 

After more than twenty years of sculpting, and 229 finished pieces, I feel the authority to speak of my work. I was no schoolboy when I started sculpting, and now I feel like a grizzled veteran. Or a Happy Buddha. Depending on the day.
HOW GOOD IS MY WORK?  It is not for me to say, and I despise the hype 
and pretension so often observed in the art world.
BUT THE FACTS ARE, that I have works in prestigious residences in NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, and many in Connecticut. (I thank you all!)
One of my patrons also has a Picasso and a Noguchi.
I've had my moments, for which I am humbly proud, and grateful. 

I refer to myself as a "REFORMED MODERNIST"(not that I previously was an old Modernist). Modernism is the great river of artistic flow, and still strong. Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptualism all had valid points, but are past eddies in the current. Why does my work matter?  I try to offer improvements over what I have seen elsewhere. My collectors, and jurors of shows in my Resume, apparently believe these efforts are worthwhile.

My artwork turns me on! Which is why I do it.

If it didn't turn me on, I couldn't expect it to do so for anyone else.

I hope my work connects with you. Welcome to my site.

 

 (This update: Nov. 6, 2017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art has to succeed at communicating. My work turns me on! Which is why I do it.

If it didn't turn me on, I doubt it would anyone else. I hope it connects with you. Welcome to my site. 


 
 
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