James N. Muir was born in Indianapolis, Indiana 1945. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point for two years and completed his B.S. Degree at Indiana University in 1970. His professional art career as a sculptor began in 1979 and he has continued to be a full-time professional artist for 26 years.
He owned his own bronze casting foundry, Seraph M Fine Art Bronze, from 1982 to 1988 in Sedona, Arizona. He has completed over 100 sculptures to date and his first book "Lanterns Along The Path" was published in 2004.
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.
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