Raised in Garden Valley, Idaho, Castle was born deaf and never learned to read, write or use sign language. However, he developed a sophisticated means of communication through drawing and devoted a lifetime to the creation of his own images. Castle ignored traditional drawing materials in favor of discarded cardboard, paper scraps and homemade charcoal dyes. Using these materials, he produced drawings, assemblages and books illustrating his rural Idaho environment, including landscapes, buildings, self-portraits, family pictures and fantasy forms. The exhibition celebrates Castle’s growing national renown and showcase a representative selection of BAM’s Castle holdings, the largest museum collection of his works.
Organized by the Boise Art Museum
IMAGE: James Castle, Roadway Perspective Landscape, 20th century, soot on found cardboard, 5-1/4″ x 7-1/4″, Collection of the Boise Art Museum, Gift of the A.C. Wade Castle Collection, L.P.