Gazing Into Zen in Las Vegas | UNLV


The Abstract Mandalas of UNLV Alumnus James Stanford Demand Close Inspection. A New Art Book Collects His Works.

Rather than seeing Las Vegas as culturally vacant, James Stanford looks around him and sees artistic opportunity.

One of the UNLV alumnus’ endeavors involves taking photographs of many of Las Vegas’ iconic neon signs and architecture and using them as the basis of new works of art.

After years of photographing such images, Stanford began using his graphic arts skills to turn those photographs into mandalas, which he describes as visual works of art that take you into higher consciousness.

He describes his work as “complex and meditative.”

He said he “opens his mind to meditation and asks the universe, ‘What is going on here?’ (The answer) seems to be revealed through my work.” > Read More

Las Vegas Inspires Style Fashion Week, NYC


David Tupaz’s Spring Summer 2019 collection looks to the arts and culture of Las Vegas, reflecting the bright neon lights and cosmopolitan glamour that is unique to the City as inspiration for his haute couture designs at Style Fashion Week New York, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. 

One of the many elements of his inspiration for collection comes from James Stanford, a digital painter who transforms his iconic photographs of Las Vegas neon signs and architecture into sumptuous mandalas. Stanford’s artistic interpretation of Las Vegas inspired Tupaz to create designs that captures the beauty, elegance, and luxury through the City’s arts and culture.

David Tupaz’s SS19 collection will premiere on 6 September 2018 at 5:00 pm, EST, at Style Fashion Week in New York City.

Dates and times for Los Angles and Palms Springs TBA.

About David Tupaz

David Tupaz is an acclaimed fashion designer who moved his atelier to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2010. He is the only established "Industry and Couture" designer in Nevada. Representing Las Vegas in every major fashion industry events in the country. Such as New York Fashion Week, Los Angeles Fashion Week, Palm Springs Fashion Week, MFW Seattle, Portland's FashioNxt, Fashion Week Columbus, Runway St. Petersburg, Metropolitan Fashion Week Beverly Hills, Warner Bros. and many others. He founded the Las Vegas Fashion Design Council in 2011, a nonprofit organization to develop a local fashion industry to assist young designers in their creative growth thru workshops and educational programs. He was appointed in 2014 by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman to sit on the board of the Arts Commission for the City of Las Vegas. He is also the creative director/partner for Vegas Life TV, a television network in Las Vegas and a sister company of VAsian TV and ACTV (Asian Culture TV). Tupaz is a board of trustee for the Miss Nevada Scholarship Organization and also an advisory board for the Las Vegas Arts Institute. He is the Editor-In-Chief of Las Vegas Fashion magazine, L’Vegue.

About James Stanford

An international exhibiting artist, James Stanford studied painting at the University of Washington (MFA) and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) (BFA) and also practices photography, digital illustration and drawing. Dedicated to creativity and the fine arts, he has taught at UNLV and UW, established the Smallworks Gallery/Lost Vegas, and curated exhibitions at various venues, including the Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center. Stanford also served as the Arts Commission Chairman of the City of Las Vegas and later President of the Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center. Stanford’s recent exhibition at Asia Art in London and the release of his book, Shimmering Zen, at The London Library, to create new and innovative art. Due to the success of Shimmering Zen, he has further broadened the scope Smallworks Press, a small publishing company specializing in books on arts and culture.  He currently lives and works in Las Vegas.

Soul Impact: Mesmerizing Neon Mandalas | Beautiful Now

Awaz (Detail)

Awaz (Detail)

Decoration has soul. While it’s focused on the surface of things, its purpose is to elevate, to embellish the physical and, on some level, the spiritual qualities of whatever it is adorning.

Artist James Stanford creates decorative art by repurposing vintage decorative neon signs found in Las Vegas.

His edition photomontage series, “Indra’s Jewels,” includes a group of digitally reinvented mosaics of patterns that are at once decorative and contemplative. The vibrant images are reminiscent of physics-like models of space, but also have an immaterial, spiritual quality, evoking the artist’s strong connection to Zen Buddhism.

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Checkout Some Contemporary Buddhist Art | Fad Magazine

James Stanford

Using historic Las Vegas neon signage and architectural elements from the 1950s and 1960s, shot in the Mojave Desert, Stanford artfully creates digital montages, mesmerizing designs using unique newly developed purpose specific technology. Stanford’s group of intriguing digital reconfigurations convey and respond to the potency of the mandala as a symbol, and its influence and importance to Asian culture worldwide.

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