James N. Muir was born in Indianapolis, Indiana 1945. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point for one and a half years and completed his B.S. Degree at Indiana University in 1970, while also having served six years in both the U.S. Army and Air Force. His professional art career as a sculptor began in Sedona, Arizona 1980 where he has continued to be a full-time professional artist for the past three decades. 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, with over 60 life size monumental sculptures placed in public locations across the country and abroad.

 

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 initially as an 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, led him to Arizona 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 life size 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: West Point Military Academy in New York, U.S. Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley, Booth Museum in Georgia, Birkenau Museum at Auschwitz, St. Louis University, Gettysburg Battlefield Museum, Vanguard University, GOW School, Pearce Western Art Museum, Sons of The American Revolution Headquarters, University of Arizona, Atlanta Historical Society, Paul Harvey News Broadcasting Headquarters, George W. Bush, Sr. office, and some of the most prominent private collections in America.

 

One long-term goal realized, was Muir’s first book, “Lanterns Along The Path“, published in 2004 with a second printing in 2005. The book was chosen to be offered nationwide by Barnes & Noble. 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.

 

Another goal also achieved in 2005 was the founding of “The Human Liberty ARTT Foundation“, (ARTT-Artistic Responsibility To Truth), whose mission is To proclaim and promote Human Liberty through the Arts and Education, place sculptures and monuments to Courage, Hope, and Freedom around the world, publish related books, present an annual art scholarship, and a “Human Liberty Award”.

 

In keeping with his deep spiritual convictions and social consciousness, Muir’s sculptural and philanthropic works 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 his never-ending quest for the essence of life – for Truth in its purest form.”

JAMES N. MUIR

 
 
 
Visions of Flight
Visions of Flight

BRONZE, Limited Edition of 12 8" H x 10" W

The Begats
The Begats

BRONZE, Limited Edition of 9 6 1/2" H x 7" W x 4 3/4" D

The Lighted Lantern ~ Maquette
The Lighted Lantern ~ Maquette

BRONZE, Edition of 30 24" H x 17" W *Available as a Monument

The Lighted Lantern ~ Monument
The Lighted Lantern ~ Monument

BRONZE, Edition of 12 Life Size ~ Approx. 6 1/2 ft. H x 5 ft. W *Available as a Maquette

American Pieta ~ Maquette
American Pieta ~ Maquette

BRONZE, Edition of 50, 17" H x 16" W x 11" D

The American Pieta ~ Monument
The American Pieta ~ Monument

BRONZE, Edition of 5 9' H x 9'4" W

Athena's Prayer
Athena's Prayer

BRONZE, Edition of 24 12" H

Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers

BRONZE, Edition of 24 15" H x 24" W x 13" D

Duty
Duty

BRONZE, Edition of 48 30" H

Cry Freedom
Cry Freedom

BRONZE, Edition of 24 42" H

The Patriot
The Patriot

BRONZE, Edition of 13 20"H x 10"D

Elfego Baca ~ One Man, One War
Elfego Baca ~ One Man, One War

BRONZE, Edition of 19 23" H

Stonewall Jackson
Stonewall Jackson

BRONZE, Edition of 15 17" H x 9" W x 8" D

Man in the Maze
Man in the Maze

BRONZE, 19" H x 15" W

Heart of the West
Heart of the West

BRONZE, Edition of 36 11" H x 9" W

Christ of the Holy Cross
Christ of the Holy Cross

BRONZE, Edition of 24, Approx 50"H

The Shield of America
The Shield of America

BRONZE, Edition of 5 52" Diameter

Shadow Wolf
Shadow Wolf

Bronze, Edition of 12 12"H x 4 1/2"W x 4 1/2"D

Broken Arrows
Broken Arrows

Bronze, Edition of 12

Eternal
Eternal

BRONZE, Limited Edition of 12, 8" H x 9" W x 5" D

Eden's Gate
Eden's Gate

BRONZE, Edition of 24 24" H *Paired with Visions of The White Man's Road

Visions of The White Man's Road
Visions of The White Man's Road

BRONZE, Edition of 24 16" H x 18" W *Paired with Eden's Gate

Unity
Unity

BRONZE, Edition of 15 24" H x 8" W

Trinity
Trinity

BRONZE, Edition of 15 24" H x 15" W

Holy - Grail
Holy - Grail

Maquettes ~ 16" H * Bronze, Edition of 15 * Stainless, Edition of 3 * Gold (24 ct. Gold Plate), Edition of 3 Studies ~ 8 1/2"H * Bronze, Edition of 24 * Stainless, Edition of 6 * Gold (24 ct. Gold Plate), Edition of 3 Life Size ~ 36" x 30" x 29" (w/o base) * Bronze, Edition of 5

The Gift
The Gift

BRONZE, Edition of 12 +1 11" H x 9" W

CADUCEUS ~ Monument
CADUCEUS ~ Monument

BRONZE, Edition of 12, 12 ft. H

Cornerstone Freedom ~ Monument
Cornerstone Freedom ~ Monument

BRONZE, Edition of 12 66" H x 34" W

The Judge ~ Seated
The Judge ~ Seated

BRONZE, Edition of 36 16" H

The Judge ~ Vignette
The Judge ~ Vignette

BRONZE, Edition of 36 16" H

They Served Well
They Served Well

BRONZE, Edition of 50 25" H

Justice (Bookends)
Justice (Bookends)

BRONZE, Edition of 24 10" H

Traditions ~ Monument
Traditions ~ Monument

BRONZE, Edition of 6, 5 ft. Tall Read more about the work and view the smaller maquette:

The American Pieta ~ Monument
The American Pieta ~ Monument

BRONZE, Edition of 5 9' H x 9'4" W *Available as a Maquette

The Lighted Lantern ~ Monument
The Lighted Lantern ~ Monument

BRONZE, Edition of 12 Life Size ~ Approx. 6 1/2 ft. H x 5 ft. W *Available as a Maquette

Cornerstone Freedom ~ Monument
Cornerstone Freedom ~ Monument

BRONZE, Edition of 12 66" H x 34" W

CADUCEUS ~ Monument
CADUCEUS ~ Monument

BRONZE, Edition of 12, 12 ft. H

 

SOLD OUT EDITIONS

The Dance ~ Monument
The Dance ~ Monument

BRONZE, Edition of 12 Life Size ~ Approx. 7 2/3 ft. Tall

Sons of Liberty 1775 ~ Maquette
Sons of Liberty 1775 ~ Maquette

BRONZE, Edition of 50 23" H

Sons of Liberty ~ Monument
Sons of Liberty ~ Monument

BRONZE, Edition of 5 Life Size ~ Approx. 8 ft. Tall *Available as a Maquette

Children ~ Maquette
Children ~ Maquette

BRONZE, Edition of 24 13" H

Children ~ Life Size
Children ~ Life Size

BRONZE, Edition of 12 +1, Life Size ~ Approx. 43" H A lifesize “Special Presentation” of “Children” is now in the permanent collection of the Auschwitz – Birkenau Holocaust Museum in Poland *Available as a Maquette