Jim Demetro, Sculptor

Jim Demetro’s Art

Welcome to Jim Demetro’s series of limited-edition bronze sculptures and paintings:

Jim Demetro, Sculptor:  After winning many awards for his paintings as an amateur, in 1992, Jim left his engineering career to pursue his dream as a full time, fine arts sculptor. He has been known for his attention to realistic detail in his limited-edition bronze sculptures ever since. The themes of his pieces range from children, dancers, Native Americans to historical figures. Many of his sculptures incorporate water or fire to enhance the piece. He has over fifty-five public life-size sculpture installations nationally and internationally. Some of his works are featured in public collections at the following places: the seaside Malecon of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; St. Louis University; Metroplex Telephone Company; Heathman Lodge; Harmony Park; and Na’ Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, Hawaii. Private collectors include singer Connie Stevens, former Nike president Phil Knight and actors Tom Cruise and Donald Sutherland. Recently, he completed “Los Amantes” or “The Lovers” of life-size bronzes of Richard Burton drawing Elizabeth Taylor close for a kiss, a timely piece that commemorates the iconic actors. He also co-created the “The Fishermen” and “Vamanos Burro” with community members and school children of Puerto Vallarta. His most iconic piece in Mexico is of the “Vallarta Dancers” on the seaside walkway Malecon.

Dancers                                   Historical                         Famous People      

            Children at Play                    Native American series                   Others

I. Dancer Series:

Ballerina On Point:

Ballerina on Point

Flamenco Flair, female:

Her Flamenco Flair

Flamenco Flair, male, click to enlarge:

 

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Vallarta Dancers, small:

Vallarta Dancers

Vallarta Dancers, by Jim Demetro and assistant sculptor Christina Demetro.

Larger-than-life-size:

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In the Spotlight:

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Love Light:

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Tango Passion:

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II. Historical Figures and Fame series:

Lewis and Clark Expedition, by Jim Demetro and assistant sculptor Christina Demetro:

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Clark with Sturgeon:

Clark & Sturgeon

Sacagawea

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York:

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Six Lewis and Clark Interpretive Panels with assistant Christina Demetro:

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Marilyn Monroe:

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Elvis, by Jim Demetro and assistant sculptor Christina Demetro:

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Pre, of Steve Prefontaine:

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Los Amantes (The Lovers), Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton sculptures:

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Spirit of America Memorial with co-sculptor Christina Demetro:

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Captain George Vancouver, by Jim Demetro with assistant sculptor Christina Demetro:

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III. Children at Play series:

A Gift for You, by Jim Demetro and assistant sculptor Christina Demetro:

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Randy:


Randy

Summer Breeze:

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Third Time’s a Charm:

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First Footsteps:

First Footsteps

Sunset Ritual:

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Children of the world, by Jim Demetro and assistant sculptor Christina Demetro:

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Helping Hands, by Jim Demetro and assistant sculptor Christina Demetro:

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Protecting Our Future:

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Book Worms:

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Andale Bernando:

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Native American Series:

Mother Bathing Child by Jim Demetro with assistant Christina Demetro:

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Twilight Hunt:

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Twilight Reverence:

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Circle of Wisdom, by Jim Demetro and assistant Christina Demetro:

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Washer Woman:

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Mother’s Touch, small:

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Mother’s Touch, Large:

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Jim Demetro came to Vallarta from his home in Washington State for the first time on a vacation with his wife, Eva. While here they had an opportunity to see a performance of the Xiutla, a local folkloric dance troop which overwhelmed them with their spectacular costumes and incredible precision while doing traditional Mexican dances. This troop was started by Professor Enrique Barrios Limon, a local teacher who wanted to create a fun and healthy after school activity for teenagers. The name Xiutla refers to the name of the original Indian inhabitants of this area.  Teens in the troop would study the costumes and practice dances of various states of Mexico, starting with their own, Jalisco, a dance from which is depicted by Demetro.

Jim and Eva ended up buying a condo near the Lazaro Cardenas Park in Vallarta, where they live half of the year. This park is where the Xiutla perform on Friday evenings in an open air theater at 7:30 during the winter season. After seeing many more performances and becoming friends with the director, Demetro decided to do a sculpture honoring these dancers. He presented a model to the city administration, which approved it and designed a site for it close to the sea on the extension of the Malecon. Jim had chosen a dance to portray that he felt was especially dramatic and colorful. The dancers are shown frozen in motion as they circle each other in a flirtatious way, with the female leaning back while flaring her skirt and the male bending forward as if hoping for a kiss. She wears  the traditional ribbon dress, and he is shown in the costume of a mariachi, a tradition of this state along with Tequila, which some think is the perfect companion for any mariachi music, but especially the geographically pertinent song that starts with the exclamation, “Jalisco, Jalisco.”

Jim donated the dancer sculptures to the city in an inaugural ceremony in November of 2006. This was his first monumental sculpture in Mexico, but since then he has done the “Woman Washing Clothes” installation on the beach side of the Molina de Agua Condominiums, next to the Rio Cuale. His inspiration was to honor the women washing clothes on the rocks in that river, a fading tradition that was once common downtown and is still happening to a lesser degree further upriver. Demetro also inagurated a sculpture installation in February 2014 near the bandstand in Lazaro Cardenas Park that he started working on in late 2012. It was entitled “Andale Bernardo,” but while it was being sculpted was referred to as the “Burro Project.” It honors the hundreds of burros that were once very common in Vallarta and very instrumental in hauling construction material for many buildings in this city. Now there are only a handful remaining, and Jim wanted to honor that past tradition.

 

 

Jim Demetro vino a Vallarta desde el estado de Washington, por primera vez en unas vacaciones con su esposa, Eva. Mientras estuvieron aquí tuvieron la oportunidad de ver una actuación de la Casa Xiutla, un grupo de danza folclórica local que los abrumó con sus trajes espectaculares y una precisión increíble mientras realiza danzas tradicionales mexicanas. Este grupo fue iniciado por el profesor Enrique Barrios Limón, un maestro local que quería crear una actividad divertida y saludable para los adolescentes después de la escuela. El nombre hace referencia al nombre de Xiutla de los habitantes indígenas originales de esta zona. Los adolescentes en el grupo usarían trajes y practicarían las danzas de diversos estados de México, empezando por el suyo, Jalisco, a partir del cual un baile fué representado escultóricamente por Demetro.

Jim y Eva terminaron comprando un condominio cerca del Parque Lázaro Cárdenas en Vallarta, donde viven la mitad del año. Este parque es el lugar donde el ballet  Xiutla se presenta cada viernes por la noche a las 7:30 en un teatro al aire libre durante la temporada de invierno. Después de ver muchas más actuaciones y convertirse en amigo  del director, Demetro decidió hacer una escultura en honor a los bailarines. Presentó un modelo para la administración de la ciudad, que lo aprobó y diseñó un sitio para ello, cerca del mar, en la extensión del Malecón.  Jim eligió una danza para retratar que él sentía que era especialmente dramática y colorida. Los bailarines se muestran congelados en movimiento, mientras dan vueltas entre sí de una manera coqueta,  la mujer echándose hacia atrás en cada sacudida de la falda y el hombre inclinándose hacia adelante, como esperando un beso. Ella lleva el vestido  tradicional de cintas, y él porta el traje de mariachi, una tradición de este estado, junto con el tequila, que algunos piensan que es el compañero perfecto para cualquier tipo de música de mariachi, pero sobre todo la canción geográficamente pertinente, que comienza con la exclamación , “Jalisco, Jalisco.”

Jim donó la escultura de los bailarínes a la ciudad en una ceremonia de inauguración en noviembre de 2006. Esta fué su primera escultura monumental en México,  mas desde entonces él hizo la instación de las “Mujeres lavando ropa” en el lado de la playa de los condominios de Molino de Agua, junto al Río Cuale. Su inspiración fue en honor a las mujeres que lavaban ropa en las rocas en ese río, una tradición que ha ido desvaneciendo y que alguna vez fue común el centro y todavía está sucediendo en menor grado aún más río arriba. Demetro también ha inaugurado otra instalación de escultura en Febrero de 2014, cerca del quiosco de música en el Parque Lázaro Cárdenas que él comenzó a trabajar a finales de 2012. Se titula “Andale Bernardo,” pero mientras se estaba esculpiendo, fue denominado el “Proyecto Burro”. Esta escultura rinde homenaje a los cientos de burros que alguna vez fueron muy comunes en Vallarta y fueron decisivos en el transporte de material de construcción para muchos edificios en esta ciudad. Ahora sólo quedan unos cuantos, y Jim quería honrar esa tradición pasada.

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