James Pyne

Waldoboro, ME
Medium: metal, stone, wood
Figurative, stylized, whimsical and sometimes comically odd, are the birds and beasts created by sculptor James Rivington Pyne.

A self-taught artist, his influences are many, as are the books scattered around and lining the walls of his Waldoboro studio: Ancient Egyptian Sculpture, Medieval Bestiaries and microscopic photography of strangely complex insects, are just some of the multiple references inspiring the artist’s attempts to capture in form a certain characteristic or moment in gesture and stance. Meanwhile, the view from a window of the studio frames a placid pond surrounded by tall grasses and the Maine woods, where wild birds, insects and fish feed on each other while also feeding the artist’s current imaginative foray.