With the styles and trends changing each year, sometimes it would be nice to just see some good ole’ American traditional things!
Jim Shore was born and raised in rural North Carolina, where he grew up understanding the true beauty of traditional Americana. Financially struggling the first few years of his art career, he quickly began to realize that hard work was only the beginning of his journey. After several failed art shows and business attempts, he finally began to expand his horizons in the art field.
The uniqueness of Shore’s art is very apparent to everyone who lays eyes on one of his pieces. He looks at everything as something that could be more. What may be simply a cat to us; is a blank canvas to Shore. This passion led him down great paths. Within three years of his first attempts, he had a booming business with 350 employees and more orders than they could keep up with. In 2000, Jim Shore partnered with Enesco, a global marketing giant, so he could become more focused on the Art aspect of his business.
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“My work is not a single statement, but a lot of elements mixed together. I use colors that I love – colonial, antiques, jewel tones and sometimes unusual combinations that I happen to love at the moment. Put together it’s a pleasure to look at.” This quote is precisely why Shore sets himself apart from the rest of the art world. He sees thing as more than one. With this outlook on art, there’s no question as to why his pieces are so beautiful and traditionally unique.
With the development of his company, Shore decided to start broadening his field. With the introduction of the Disney collection, came another desire. To showcase a true American tradition, lighthouses. With the simple beauty so easy to recognize, Shore decided to put a different twist on things. While still simple and beautiful, Jim Shore has created something very different with this collection.
The creations of Jim Shore are just beginning. The possibilities are endless with his traditional, unique way of seeing the world. His pieces truly speak to the heart and take us back to a much simpler time. “I can’t imagine myself ever tiring of this,” said Shore. The future of the art work of the Jim Shore Company is truly intriguing, and the beautiful Americana pieces created are forever a part of a lot of hearts around the world.