PORTALS: New Pop-up Art Exhibit Transforms Vegas Photos Into Digital Mosaics | News3LV

James Stanford PORTALS Installation

A new pop-up art installation, PORTALS, showcases an illuminated view of the complex photomontages of the valley’s landmarks and neon signs.

Artist James Stanford’s backlit lenticulars (images that appear to change as the viewer's head moves) will be on display through Monday, Jan. 31, along Charleston Boulevard and Main Street in the downtown Arts District.

Several of the pieces can be found in the vacant storefront windows on the Quivx Building, located at 1 E. Charleston Boulevard. > Read More


12th Annual Online Auction | Lion's Roar

Shimmering Zen by James Stanford

Lion’s Roar and Buddhadharma’s 12th Online Auction is underway to support their nonprofit endeavors. I am donating a signed copy of ‘Shimmering Zen’ to be auctioned. The art in the book is inspired by vintage neon signs of Las Vegas and the concept of Indra’s net.

It is the perfect gift for someone special! > Auction

Artistic Endeavors: James Stanford's Mandalas | The Snarky Quilter

Architectura Circulo

Architectura Circulo

It has been described as the intersection of Las Vegas and Buddhism. The digital images are intricate, detail-dense, neatly symmetrical, abstract, mandala-like. Most often they’re layers of details cropped from historic photos of Vegas signage and architecture.

Stanford uses the iconic vintage signage of Las Vegas, where he spent his childhood at a time when the town was small and provincial, without access to global culture. His layered images reflect a mirrored geometry that unravels and then recomposes. > Read More

Visions of Vegas | The Art Blog

Shimmering Zen @ Sahara West Library

Shimmering Zen @ Sahara West Library

See where wonderment takes you. We are the universe’s way of knowing itself. – James Stanford

Contemporary artist James Stanford presents a new exhibition featuring kaleidoscopic photomontages of vintage LasVegas landmarks and its infamous neon signs. Heavily influenced by his native LasVegas,Stanford is an innovative artist who revisits the vibrant energy of 1960s Vegas.

In a new exhibition entitled Shimmering Zen, he will exhibit a range of intricate digital collages of original photographs that capture the city’s iconic aesthetic, its neon signs in particular. Drawing on his expertise as painter, photographer, professor of colour theory and pioneering advocate of new technologies in digital art, Stanford layers photographs to create and discover patterns in familiar yet completely revitalised images. Bold colours and intricate patterns create mesmerising designs.

Using a mix of traditional photography and digital techniques, Stanford’s works are made unique and compelling by vividly illuminated and moving networks and layers. Some of his works will be printed as backlit lenticulars, taking on a new and shimmering life.

Of his work, Stanford comments, “When you open up your mind, you become so full of this one vision, everything becomes pure energy, pure light. So, that’s what it is: that’s Shimmering Zen” > Read More

‘Zen City’: Artist James Stanford Turns Las Vegas Glitz into ‘Object of Spiritual Reverie’ | Luxury Las Vegas Magazine

Old Tropicana

Old Tropicana

The images created by James Stanford are mesmerizing. Built upon photographs of iconic — and often long-gone — Las Vegas signs and scenery layered upon one another, the photo collages resemble mandalas, representations of the universe found in Buddhism.

And if using images of Las Vegas’ glitz to create almost spiritual iconography doesn’t represent a melding of the sacred and the profane, what would?

Stanford is a native Las Vegan and pioneering local artist whose latest exhibition, “Shimmering Zen,” highlights his nearly 40 years of work creating photo collages that become more than mere visual trickery. > Read More