Introduction to Historia | Who
Who We Are
James Caswell comes to the world of antiques with a unique perspective and preparation. His involvement with antiques, tribal and folk art was a natural outgrowth of his interests as an artist. He worked for over 20 years as a studio artist in a variety of media. As an artist and craftsman he attempted to synthesize traditional concepts of form and decoration into a modernist sensibility. Shamanism, spirituality and tribal world-view were frequent points of reference and inspiration. Ethnology and art history were integral to his aesthetic.
During that period he exhibited in galleries and museums in North America, Europe and Asia. In 1983 he received a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist’s Fellowship. From 1983 to 1985 he was an artist in residence at Sevres, the French National Porcelain Works, where several of his unique vases were put into production.
All of his life James Caswell has been an avid collector. In the early 1980’s his interest turned to Mexican folk art, which led to his opening Historia in 1987.