American artist James Stanford’s photomontage series Indra’s Jewels are meditative pictorial expressions of contemporary spirituality. Stanford has assembled motifs from ancient traditions, philosophy, iconic snippets of Americana, and an artist’s eye for color and pattern, to bring the most contemporary of mandalas to life.

“The crown jewel of the Aladdin was Aladdin’s Lamp. When the Aladdin was renamed, the Lamp wound up at Las Vegas’ Neon Museum. One day I took some shots of this treasure. I cropped the image and purposely left a bit of the Vacancy sign in the final crop. This piece is the result.” ~ Stanford

“Caesars Palace opened while I was in high school. The fountains in front became a place where high school and UNLV students occasionally took a dip or poured soapsuds into the waters,
sending bubbles oozing out all over the porte-cochère. Evel Knievel broke nearly every bone in his body attempting to jump the fountains on his Triumph motorcycle on New Year’s Eve of 1967.  I had to celebrate this world famous icon of the Las Vegas Strip. Caesars is definitely one of my holy places of the sacred and profane.” ~ Stanford