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Lunch After Jury Duty by James Mundie

Lunch After Jury Duty by James Mundie

James Mundie's work seems to map the path from here to fantasy.  On his web site mundieart.com, there are intricate drawings and prints; some are the ordinary faces around us, and others are the creatures and scenes of dreams.  At another site called Prodigies, Mundie displays his "portraits of ‘anomalous humans’ — sometimes called 'monstrosities' or 'freaks' — in contexts borrowed from artworks of centuries past."  At first you think these are historical drawings, and realizing that they're not pulls you in to what Mundie has drawn and your own reactions to it.  "It is my hope that these images compel the viewer to linger and consider their own inhibitions and conceptions in relation to a subject which many consider taboo," he says.

If that weren't enough, the black and white photographs in Mundie's Flickr photostream are full of a sense of light and scene, like the photo he took from that same seat in the pub after jury duty.

The American Gallery of Juror Art is proud to welcome James Mundie.  All rights in these drawings are his; thanks to him for allowing them to be reprinted here.