Shimmering Zen

Shimmering Zen

Inspired By The Neon Lights of Las Vegas

James Stanford


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James Standford's Shimmering Zen: Inspired by the Neon Lights of Vegas is the long-awaited continuation of Shimmering Zen designed by Philip Lewis as both a trade and limited edition. Stanford photographs the mid-century neon signage and architectural elements of his hometown to create mesmerizing contemporary works of art. He has earned an international reputation for an innovative and diverse oeuvre founded on the values of artistic experimentation and meditative practice. Working inventively in a wide range of media and genres, Stanford is celebrated today for his pictorial orchestrations drawing primarily upon the iconic vintage signage of Las Vegas. The book includes essays concerning craft, technique, photography, digital arts, development of portfolio, the artist's journey, Zen Buddhism, influences of modern technology and practice, and the power of place.

The book includes more than 150 of Stanford's original works created over the past 20 years, as well as a foreword by Jeff Rosen, an essay by Rosa JH Berland, and an author interview by Laura Henkel.


James Stanford:
American artist James Stanford's diverse practice includes photography, digital illustration, painting, and drawing. Stanford is well known for his art portfolio, Shimmering Zen, a group of digitally reinvented mosaics of patterns that are at once decorative and contemplative. He is the publisher of Smallworks Press, and a popular lecturer at international art and photography venues, including Asian Art in London, Format Festival in Derby, U.K. and The London Library.

Philip Lewis specializes in the design and production of art books and exhibitions for The British Museum, The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Royal Academy, Royal Collection Trust, Tate Modern/Britain, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Jeff Rosen served as a research university dean of professional and continuing studies, and a professor of art history. He is the author of Julia Margaret Cameron's 'fancy subjects': Photographic allegories of Victorian identity and empire (Manchester University Press).

Laura Henkel is an author, curator, and the founder and CEO of ArtCulturePR. Specializing in the intersection of art, culture, and publishing, the agency develops and directs large-scale international projects, strategic community partnerships, and integrated artist engagements to promote diversity, inclusion, equity, and cultural relevance.

Rosa JH Berland is a curator and historian specializing in modern and contemporary art and design. A published author, she has worked for The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Frick Collection.

Angela M. Brommel is a Nevada writer and curator with Iowa roots. She is the author of Mojave in July (Tolsun Books), and Plutonium & Platinum Blonde (Serving House Books). Angela serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Arts & Culture at Nevada State College, and Editor-in-Chief at The Citron Review.

Zully Mejia is a Peruvian American painter and sculptor. In her practice, she engages with themes of diversity, perception, and empowerment through the depiction of underrepresented identities and artifacts that challenge conventional gender norms. Mejia's artwork exhibits internationally, and resides in permanent collections of academic institutions and museums.