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Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to “jump at de sun.” We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.

- Zora Neale Hurston

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Renowned Artist James Liccione

If you’re a devoted fan of the Guiding Light soap opera, Saturday-night Live or have seen The Cosby Show on television, chances are you’ve seen Liccione’s mastery of steel, iron and wood. In addition to those programs, he’s also produced art pieces for Central Properties in New York for film productions such as The Odd Couple and Sesame Street Show Movies.

Liccione is an award-winning artist who has achieved notoriety in New York as well as locally.  James Liccione's art and sculpture is on show everywhere, from the Museum of Art to Sesame Street. Liccione is a preeminent practicing artist, college sculpture instructor, and a conservator at an art museum. Originator of The Creative Era Movement, Liccione’s work is functional artwork for those with an eye for the extraordinary. 

In high school he won the Hallmark Award, which, won him a scholarship to attend the Art Students' League in New York City. As a young artist, he pursued painting and drawing. James Liccione later studied art at the Accademia Di Bella Arti Di Brera in Milan, Italy, on a scholarship for a year, before receiving a bachelor of fine arts at Florida Atlantic University. But the year in

A phone call came in to Liccione offering him a full scholarship to Florida State University for a Master in Fine Art program.  Working on his master’s degree, he discovered the art of furniture-making. Liccione’s medium of choice was wood. James Liccione received his master’s degree in sculpture from Florida State University in Tallahassee. 
James Liccione returned to New York to live. With M.F.A in hand, at Liccione’s art studio on New York’s 42nd Street, his original works were in demand at many art galleries of New York. In addition to selling works in galleries, Liccione created numerous pieces for television and movie sets, including those of "The Cosby Show," "Saturday Night Live," "The Odd Couple" and "Sesame Street." He credits the film industry with teaching him the intricacies of working with metal and art furniture. Liccione found mastering technical achievement to create art, a skill that is priceless to art.   
Today, that training has evolved into highly stylized art furniture and sculpture that he creates using torches and tools, a red-hot forge, and a sturdy anvil.  James Liccione’s sculpture is an original blending of abstract sculpture inspired by nature, and tried and true, functional shapes of bygone eras. These creations - serving as furniture - function equally well as indoor or outdoor pieces.

James Liccione, is "The Creative Era" originator from New York, who gleans his inspiration from the Rain Forest. The arched, and soaring stems and trunks of iron and wood creations inspire peace. Rhythmic relationship of linear and flowing curves and forms are the similarities of Liccione sculpture and nature. The effect - grace and balance. His work has been included in over sixty group and solo shows and museum exhibitions from Texas to Rhode Island, 1973-present. Today, the award-winning artist’s unique sculpture is sought for commissions and art museums.


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 Butterfly Gate - (below) This gate is in concept form

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Butterfly Fence & Gate
   Butterfly Fence

Butterfly Gate - This gate is in concept form, it has not been built. It would be made from wrought iron, forged iron, and cut iron. It could be a height of 6' or up to a height of 14'. ©COPYRIGHTButterfly Gate

Butterfly Fence ©COPYRIGHT

Go to James Liccione's web site to find out more about the artist and his other art.


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Dedicated to Zora Neale Hurston.  For Zora Neale Hurston.