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James Castle Home Site
Castle homesite, Garden Valley, Idaho Photo, Jan Boles
“There is remarkable freedom in his work, a sense that each thing he saw, and each moment of seeing, possessed by its very existence a miraculousness worth registering”

—John Yau, “Invention and Discovery: The Art of James Castle”

James Castle


Page spread (BON-TON book)

Page spread (BON-TON book)


James Castle lived a life of sharp contrasts. His artwork is wildly creative and taps an ingenuity that he not only applied to his subjects, but also to the tools he created, and the mundane materials he chose to use. Although he lived and worked in a sparsely populated mountain community, he was part of a loving, supportive family. Castle communicated with limited sign language, home-sign, and images he tore from printed media.