James Bearden is an abstract artist, creating sculpture full time since 2007. His studio is located in Des Moines, IA. His work is based on the figure and the body in motion. He works in series named, Cathedral, Assemblage, Voids, Lunar Blooms & Animals.
Bearden was born in the Southern region of the United States and raised in the Midwest. He earned a BA in Fine Art and a BA in Visual Communications from Grandview College in Des Moines, IA. Upon graduation, he worked in graphic design for 20 years. 17 of those years, he was Art Director for a large advertising agency based out of Des Moines. He received 52 Addy Awards.
After the economic fallout of 9/11, Bearden found he could no longer sustain a full-time living in the graphics art career. While working freelance in a reduced market of graphics design, he began to learn how to work with metal and create sculptural art. In 2013, he expanded his range to include functional works, including cabinets, lamps and tables.
His work is held in many corporate, municipal and prominent private collections globally. He is now working with internationally known designers in San Francisco and doing very well in New York.
His newest creation is “Bonded Souls,” located at the fountain on 50th & France. It's part of Edina's public art exhibition this year.