With His New Mural, Artist James Stanford Pays Homage to Downtown Icon the Blue Angel | Las Vegas Weekly
James Stanford’s work inspires contemplation. And while his kaleidoscopic mandalas foster a sense of wonder, they also capture the essence of Las Vegas, using photographs of the city’s neon landscape to transcend the city’s shimmering facade. If neon optical illusions distract people from the desert’s inherent brutality, then Stanford’s mandalas magnify that illusion, creating intensified visual abstractions that entrance and mystify.
His most recent work, A Phalanx of Angels Ascending, might not require the same level of introspection as his Shimmering Zen mandalas, but the symbolism is no less potent.