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James Nathan Muir has built upon his fame as America’s foremost historical military sculptor to create an ever-expanding array of artistic commentary on the human social, political, and spiritual condition in order to exemplify the highest qualities of man.
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Muir’s early interest in history and the military was reinforced by his experiences as a West Point cadet. He also credits his time at West Point with finalizing his personal code of honor, a way of living that he puts into his sculpture. In 1979, Muir’s deep involvement with horses, his business degree from Indiana University and his continuing quest for a spiritual truth led him away from Indiana, and into the vast spaces of the American West.
Unlike many artists, Muir came to his vocation relatively late in life; after working at ranches in both Texas and Arizona, Muir finally settled in Sedona, Arizona, and there embarked on a meteoric career in sculpting, specializing in equestrian subjects of the American Frontier and Civil War. His meticulous attention to detail, coupled with an insightful grasp of the human experience, resulted in exquisitely crafted and poignant bronzes.
Muir’s work quickly gained the acclaim of collectors around the country, and he was soon inducted into the prestigious Society of American Historical Artists. His bronzes reside in the U.S. Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley, the Gettysburg Battlefield Museum, and the Atlanta Historical Society. Other collections in which his work can be found includes St. Louis University, the City of Loveland Park, Southern California Christian College, Paul Harvey News Broadcasting Headquarters, and some of the most prominent private collections in America.
Although his sculptures of the Civil War and the Western frontier gained him his initial acclaim, in 1990 Muir expanded his subject matter. In keeping with his deep spiritual convictions and social consciousness, Muir’s sculptures now reflect not only the past, but also the critical nature of the times in which we live. However, whether historical or contemporary, “the golden thread that ties it all together is still my never-ending quest for the essence of life— for Truth in its purest form.”