The Art Of James J. Kizak
"Wings Of Freedom"
This piece is all painted walnut and the eagle is sitting on a red sandstone base coated with clear. The claws are black comb tines formed to fit the flag pole. (14.25"H x 28"L x 10"W x 10.8LBS) $500.00 Samson ripped off this flagpole as a gift for his mate to celebrate the birth of their eaglet son. The flag will also be a warning for other eagles and enemies to stay away. Samson has the uncanny ability to view any object within 180 degrees up or down in his field of view. It was very scary not being able to exit from his glaring no matter where I stood.
"The Eighth Dwarf", "Okydoky"
This wall hanging piece is manzanita except for the hat which is zebrawood. (11.5"H x 8.5"W x 5.25"D x 1.4LBS.) $450.00 Sold. Okydoky was one of the original eight dwarfs selected for rehearsals and was the cutest and most popular of them. Snow White became very insecure of Okydoky's popularity and went to the producers and demanded that he be fired, him or me. The producers complied and fired Okydoky and the dwarfs were cut to seven. All eight dwarfs were very tight and Okydokys firing was very sad. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs went on to huge fame and fortune while Okydoky suffered in poverty. All of his seven Dwarf friends decided to set up a special fund for Okydoky but it was too late as he turned to drinking and was in ill health. In honor of his seven friends success he added seven stars to his hat with no ill will toward Snow White. Okydoky still maintained his pleasant demeanor and happy smile untill the end.
Manzanita base and trumpet inserts with unknown trumpet.$75.00 (10"DIA x 11.75"H x 1.2LBS)
"Big Sister Little Brother"
The Big Sister body is Osage orange with Manzanita embellishments. Little Brother has a Manzanita body and embellishments and both mounted on a sandstone base.$410.00 (12"W x 16.5"L x 21"H x 16LBS.)
Large and small pieces of Juniper wood mounted on sandstone base. $1750.00 (15"W x 22"H x 12"D x 18.4LBS.) This piece's simplicity just flows with form and is exciting at every angle of view.
Manzanzita garnishes on sandstone base, $320.00. (9.75"L x 9.5"W x 7.75"H x 7.8LBS.) P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) has affected many veterans who were in combat situations. Sounds, smells, and dreams can act as a trigger for flashbacks and hallucinations causing excessive stress and disorder. This piece depicts what the person sees and feels when the flashbacks occur. The flashbacks may take the form of the snake like visualizations and scenes of previous combat encounters. Each visualization has a pill in it's mouth most commonly used for treating flashback. As the pill is swallowed the flashback disappears as depicted by the flashback in the mouth. New treatments involve shutting down some nerves in the neck area. P.T.S.D. became more accepted in the Viet Nam era preceded by the "Combat Fatigue" designation used in World War Two and the Korean War.
"The M.R.I. Lady"
Wall hanging washington buckeye burl, $35.00. (5.5"DIA x 3.5" H x 6OZ x .45LBS) This piece gives you an idea of what the physician sees after performing an M.R.I. on a human female head.
Tulip wood, $120.00. (10.25"H x 7"DIA x 5OZ x .4LB) This piece was modeled from my memories of Greenland Tupilaks created by Greenlanders at Kulusuk Island, Greenland. The early European explorers asked the local residents to show what their Spirit God looked like and they said the Spirit takes on many shapes and forms. They could not explain it so they carved samples out of whale teeth, wood and some soap stone. They used old rusty files and black comb tines for the eyes and excrement hanging from the posterior. In later years the influx of modern Americans and Europeans influenced what was included in the carvings to suit their tastes. For instance they would custom add longer teeth, multiple heads swallowing each other, and low crawling creepy alligator like images. If one of the Greenlanders became upset with his neighbor he would carve a Tupilak and set it by his door while he was away hunting. When he returned from the hunt and viewed the Tupilak he knew that a hex had been put on him so he would carve his own Tupilak and set it by the door of who he thought put the hex on him which in turn would take the hex off. If he guessed wrong the saga would take on new dimensions.
Deer horn mounted on walnut base, $35.00. (8.5"L x 5.5"W x 9.5"H x .9LBS)
Manzanita wood with tulip Wood tusks and purple Heart teeth, $490.00 (23"H x 12"DIA x 4LBS)
Giant Sequoia wood on sandstone base, $90.00. (36"H x 11"Dia x 8.8LBS) This Giant Sequoia tree was one of fifteen that were acquired from California all of which died after fifteen years in the Northeast Ohio region. They are susceptible to cold high winds of twenty degrees Fahrenheit and require a constant supply of water forty percent of which comes from ocean fog. My dream of a giant sequoia in the front yard evaporated with the death of this tree.
"Woman & Man"
Maple women and man on sandstone base, $580.00, sold. (18"Depth x 36"W x 28"H x 22.8LBS)
Flowering crab, $35.00.(9"H x 4 3/4"W x 2 1/4"D x .4LBS)
Spalted maple, crab apple, and walnut on sandstone base, $105.00. (6"Dia x 24"H x 5.8LBS)
Mesquite and wormy beech on cocobolo burl base, sold. (Appx. 8"Dia x 16"H)
Cocobolo burl top, wormy beech, crab apple and rosewood base, sold. (Appx. 8"dia x 32"H)
Wormy beech with canary wood base, sold. (Appx. 8"Dia x 30"H)
Walnut on walnut base, sold. (Appx. 9"Dia x 8"H)