VIDEO: A James Gayles Moment

April 05, 2014

Video Produced by Stefan Ruenzel

James Gayles is a talented artist who lives and paints in Oakland, California. Listen to his first story in a video series about his life’s work. See and hear more James Gayles Moments in the days to come.

I’ve been painting all my life actually…

As far back as I can remember I had a paintbrush in my hand, painting

My parents had a thick bible in the house and the bible was illustrated by the renaissance masters… Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Rafael… doing all these religious pictures

And I just took it into my room everyday and read it each day and hung out in the streets with the rest of my friends, playing basketball and stuff.

I just went to my room, close myself off from the rest of the world, and just started copying all these pictures.

I guess that was really my best learning experience… of anatomy, shadowing, shaping, highlights… just the structure of the human form…

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