James Castle

James Castle was a self-taught artist who created drawings, handmade books, and constructions for nearly seventy years. Castle is known for the skill of his draftsmanship, his unique subject matter, and for his use of found and homemade materials. His recurrent and diverse themes tell an intimate story of a life lived in rural Idaho during the 20th century. Castle captures in his imagery the simple beauty and mystery of ordinary places and things. Deaf from birth, he elevates the mundane into the realm of art via the lens of observation and interpretation crafted in profound and distinct isolation.