"Whitworth Sharpshooter" Limited edition, Cival War bronze allegory sculpture by James Muir available now from Sculpture Collector
RARE (now available)
Edition No. 17 of 30
Size... 8"H x 9"W x 7"D - walnut base
by James Muir
only 6 of the edition were created with this rare colored patina
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The unerring accuracy sharpshooters (snipers) have always been capable of, even with arrows, always inspired me in my own rifle-team career and, likewise, in my art. While it has been often said that "life imitates art" to which Abbey adds "but badly," this piece does, in fact, present the challenge of aiming with pinpoint accuracy our powers of "Discernment" in all the target choices which the battle of life offers. To make the right decisions we, like the sharpshooter must exercise total focus and concentration on the objective. As we will see later, even then, if not based on the highest motives, even the best shot may strike the wrong target.
Allegorical Art is a term Muir uses to describe his art as being filled with symbolic meaning. Bridging the centuries from his historical military subjects to today’s social, political and spiritual commentary, his sculptures speak eloquently of Duty, Honor, Courage, and Justice, but above all, of Truth and the ultimate triumph of the Human Spirit. He has built upon the recognition gained as a historical military sculptor to create an ever-expanding array of artistic commentary exemplifying the highest qualities of man.
Muir's early interest in history and the military was reinforced by his experiences as a West Point cadet and to which he also attributes the cementing of his personal "Code of Honor." Muir’s ever deeper involvement with horses, and his continuing quest for spiritual Truth, finally led him to leave Indiana in 1979 for the freedom and inspiration of the great American West.
He ultimately settled in Sedona, Arizona and there embarked on a full-time career in sculpting, initially specializing in historical subjects. In 1990 he began to expand his work to include contemporary subjects and accepting commissions in lifesize and monumental.
His meticulous attention to detail, coupled with an insightful grasp of the human experience resulted in exquisitely crafted and poignant bronzes. He quickly gained the acclaim of collectors around the country. Some of the public collections Muir’s work resides include the U.S. Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley, Meisler Museum, Bolivar Museum, Gettysburg Battlefield Museum, the Booth Museum in Georgia, Pearce Western Art Museum, Sons of The American Revolution Headquarters, and the Atlanta Historical Society. Many of his sculptures that address today’s contemporary issues can be found in institutions and museums such as: Birkenau Museum in Auschwitz, El Paso Holocaust Museum, St. Louis University, Vanguard University, Paul Harvey News Broadcasting Headquarters, George W. Bush Presidential Library and some of the most prominent private collections in America.
Muir’s most recent accomplishment is the release of his new book, "Lanterns Along The Path: The Allegorical Art of James N. Muir" (available at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide). A labor of love, Muir spent nearly seven years writing the book that showcases all of his sculptures with a flowing narrative which addresses the spirit of the human journey. The book is already being recognized as its own work of art: Muir received the "2004 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award" in the Inspirational Category.
Recent commissions in-progress include: West Point Military Academy, a monumental sculpture for the new Thomas Jefferson Library Rotunda; an 18 foot Christ sculpture for CC Young at Dallas, Texas; a lifesize figure of the Mexican hero - Elfego Baca for a museum in New Mexico; and two signature sculptures for the Sedona Humane Society in Arizona.
In keeping with his deep spiritual convictions and social consciousness, Muir’s sculptural subjects have expanded to reflect the critical nature of the times in which we live. Whether historical or contemporary, "the golden thread that ties it all together is still my never-ending quest for the essence of life - for Truth in its purest form."
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