James Castle is one of the most unlikely and enigmatic American artists of the twentieth century. He was born on a farm in Garden Valley, 50 miles northwest of this site, and lived there and in Star, Idaho during his youth, before moving to this house with his family in 1931. The James Castle House stands today as a testament to the artist's unique talent and artistic legacy.
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The 61 original artworks in our collection range from books to soot drawings and demonstrate James Castle’s unending curiosity and self-taught technical skill.
They also reveal an incredible richness to Castle’s life, both in images that examine his everyday surroundings and experiences, as well as those that suggest a deep and complex inner world full of invention and imagination.
Image: James Castle (1899 – 1977), Untitled, n.d., © 2021 James Castle Collection and Archive, All Rights Reserved