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The Sacred Feminine
watercolors and mixed media by James Gayles
March 7 - 29, 2008

Golden Lady

Sacred Feminine

From the mythological Queen Califia

          to the playwright’s creation of Pretty Pearl

          to the African Tribal women of the Karo, Zulu and Masai

          to the lady drummers and dancers of the
                   Awe and Les Ballets Afrikaans

          to the sultry blues, rhythm and blues and jazz divas
          all demonstrate that magnificent strength, beaugy, sensuality and regalness that is

From the great grandmothers, grandmothers, mothers, and aunts

          to the sisters, nieces, daughters and granddaughters

          to all the ordinary extraordinary women

          no matter what age, size, shape or color

As an artist with my brush, I celebrate and pay tribute to the
          Sacred Feminine.

James Gayles
Oakland, CA
March 2008

From his large repertoire of paintings, renowned watercolorist James Gayles offers a vividly stunning portrait series, The Sacred Feminine, portraying the divine in women around the world, from Oakland to the Masai in Africa.

Emmy Award winning artist James Gayles attended Pratt Institute in New York where he simultaneously pursued careers in both fine and commercial art. He recently won a public art commission from the City of Oakland Craft and Cultural Arts Department in which he transferred his figurative painting technique to ceramic tile murals. In 2003 he was honored at the Art of Living Black by receiving the Jan Hart-Shuyers Award.

Art critic Adam Mikos writes, “Gayles clearly has a special touch with watercolors. Each portrait shows mastery over different styles of the medium from dreamy realism, hard-edged contours, and his abstract push and pull on perspective. Gayle’s use of color, bright reds, oranges, and blues, catch the eye immediately and allow the lyrical quality of the watercolors to lift off the wall.”


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