James Bender is a well-known artist recognized for his significant contributions to Contemporary Northwest Coast Indian Art works. His work summons dignity and refinement, honoring this traditional art form through the use of clean, simple lines and impeccable craftsmanship.
In 1972, while earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Seattle's University of Washington, the artist began carving Northwest Native American art. During his early years, he studied under Bill Holm and Duane Pasco, noted artists who have made major contributions to the revival of Northwest Indian art. In appreciation of those who shared their artistry with him during his apprenticeship, Bender continues to pass on his craft by remaining active in the teaching of others.