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Art Exposure 4: James Marshall

James Marshall in action

James Marshall in action

Unless you are a complete shut-in, everyone in Medicine Hat should be familiar with the elaborate brick murals that are scattered across the city. From the downtown Dairy Queen to Herald School to City Hall, James Marshall’s impressive artwork has been thrilling the eyes since the early 1980s.

Marshall was born and raised in the Hat, and his family has lived here since the 1800s. With a love of art that developed during childhood with the help of his father and school art teachers, Marshall became one of the most prominent artistic forces Southern Alberta has to offer. But before he began sculpting brick, James was most well known for his pen and ink drawings of Albertan historical sites. After starting Grassroots Studios with his wife, Lorine, the couple were commissioned to create pottery, small sculpture, and historical drawings. Thanks to the Saamis Rotary Club Marshall had the chance to create his first brick mural, “Saamis the Legend”. After being commissioned for a mural in Ontario, Marshall was recognized in an architectural magazine allowing his career to skyrocket: the rest is history.

The physical exertion of creating murals has forced Marshall to slow down, but he continues to be involved in the community by raising awareness of the historical wealth of this area. His efforts to save the numerous historical sites Medicine Hat has to offer will ensure that his impact on this community will last as long as the murals he has created.

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4 Responses to “Art Exposure 4: James Marshall”

  1. January 1st, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    Vaughn says:

    I’m a complete shut-in and even I know who James Marshall is.

  2. September 20th, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    Linda Garland says:

    I would like to post a picture of this new mural by our famous James Marshall, and also to find out where all his murals are located in Medicine Hat. Such fabulous ART not to be swhared with all Art lovers worlfwide. Awesome work James.

  3. April 19th, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Richard Gagnon says:

    Could I get an email address for james Marshall. The City of Fort saskatcewan is currently planning a recognition wall for the 1875-1885 NWMP Fort.

    Thank you.

    (780) 992.6140

  4. April 28th, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Carolyn Johnson says:

    I am looking for an email address for James Marshall or a phone number. We are going to do a brick replica of our community school that will be torn down and would like to see if he is interested in doing it for us.
    Carolyn Johnson

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