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Photo credit: Edna Suarez

Laura James has been working as a professional artist and illustrator for over twenty years. In addition to painting sacred images from various religions, she portrays women, families, and scenes of everyday life; blending intricate patterns, text, vibrant colors and sometimes surreal imagery into what she calls “art for the people.”

Represented by Bridgeman Images for almost two decades, Laura James’ images have been published in hundreds of publications and media. Laura’s work is widely collected and exhibited, and Ms. James has also organized many exhibitions and special projects.

Laura is also a valuable member of her community, and is the originator and Executive Director of BX200: Bronx Visual Artists Directory, an online database of some of the Bronx’s best visual artists. This project is a collaboration with over 200 Bronx artists and organizations. In an effort to promote the arts and culture being created today in the Bronx, besides the Directory, BX200 is presenting events and art exhibitions around the city, making numerous studio visits with Bronx artists, and exposing their art worldwide. With an eye on creative solutions and service, she also promotes art and culture as a member of her community board.

Ms. James has recently completed a special commission for the American Museum of Natural History, as well as illustrations for her second children’s book. She lives and works in the Bronx, NY.

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