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Photo: Windward
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Windward

Tim James & Aidan Demarais
Minnesota
Materials: Steel
Selling Price: $9,500

Artist Statement:

The poetic innocence of a sail set against the horizon on a glassy surface of a watery expanse is an easy sell to most souls. “Windward” is the tantalizing prospect of freedom and adventure.

Photo: Tim James & Aidan Demarais

About Tim James & Aidan Demarais

Tim James – Art has profoundly affected the life of Tim James for as long as he can remember.  He started creating realistic artwork until a two-year journey to Athens, Greece influenced a transformation to abstraction.

James was born in Mankato, Minn.  He received his Master’s Degree in Experiential Education and his Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  His artwork can be found in a variety of media around Southern Minnesota including six pieces in the permanent collection at South Central College and at several public sculpture venues in the Midwest.  His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions over the years, and he has been the recipient of regional awards.

Much of James’ inspiration comes from being an art teacher at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton.

Aidan Demarais – Industrial Arts instructor is a profession that Aidan Demarais chose for many reasons.  It gives him the freedom to be creative, the chance to help others and the opportunity to be a leader.

Recently, the creative aspect of Demarais’ teaching profession has compelled him to experiment artistically with different media.  For as long as he can remember, he has made furniture, welded projects, constructed buildings, poured concrete and repaired mechanical equipment.  This hasn’t changed, but now he lets the materials he’s working with guide him to the final product.

For example, when he makes a piece of furniture, he let the natural beauty of the wood (the knots, the bark and the grain) determine the outcome.  When helping to create public sculptures, Demarais uses these same techniques with metal.