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James Tandi

James Tandi
Classical Master Sculptor - 3/16/1956 - 9/6/2020

James' works  continue to amaze collectors and critics alike with his masterful sculptures of Africa’s native people and wildlife. Under the tutelage of his older brother, renowned sculptor Nicholas Tandi, James quickly showed a natural talent for sculpting. James worked in the classical method using hammer and chisel to beautifully capture the native African people and indigenous wildlife of southern Africa in verdite.* ...More...

Each sculpture began with James visiting the verdite mine where he selected his own stone. Unlike marble, which can be cut to accommodate the subject of the sculpture, verdite comes from the mine in a variety of shapes which will invariably dictate what will be created. James refers to this process as “revealing the spirit which is within the stone.” After painstakingly removing layer upon layer of stone and carving each minute detail, the sculpture is wet-sanded and fired to a high temperature before applying stone wax. Each piece is then hand polished to a beautiful luster. James participated in many international one-man and group exhibitions. His list of collectors has grown steadily over the years and his works can be found in both African and North American museums.

* Verdite, also known as the “green stone of Africa” is highly sought after by artists. Only the more experienced sculptor will dare to sculpt from this hard stone. Verdite rates between a 7.0 – 9.0 on the universally used Mohs hardness scale (hardness depends on the amount of Corundum industrial ruby inclusions in the particular piece of stone). Verdite’s color is unique in that it boasts an emerald-looking quality with beautiful brown, blue and green striations. Verdite is fast becoming rare and is difficult to find....Less...

James Tandi

Sculpture

James Tandi
A FACE OF MANY TALES
Verdite
12 X 8 X 14
$7,299
JT11981
James Tandi
BLACK RHINO
Verdite
14 X 8 X 5
$1,999
JT03607
James Tandi
CONTEMPLATION
Verdite
20 X 12 X 8
$9,399
JT13205
James Tandi
FEMALE BUST
Verdite
25 X 13 X 11
$7,000
JT10700
James Tandi
FEMALE WITH HEADWRAP
Verdite
12 X 5 X 5
$3,399
JT06419
James Tandi
LADY FROM TRANSKEI
Verdite
14 X 9 X 18
$9,400
JT11973
James Tandi
LESSONS IN LIFE
Verdite
22 x 27 x 9 1/2
$13,399
JT10732
James Tandi
MADALA
Verdite
19 X 7 X 7
$5,100
JT10605
James Tandi
NDEBELE CHIEF
Verdite
35 X 18 X 14
$8,999
JT08025
James Tandi
OLD BUSH MAN
Verdite
36 X 19 X 11
JT06414
James Tandi
PRINCE NGWENYA
Verdite
22 X 14 X 16
$11,199
JT09386
James Tandi
RASTAFARIAN MAN
Verdite
12 X 8 X 5
$4,399
JT07161
James Tandi
SHONA GIRL
Verdite
19 X 7 X 8
$5,699
JT01137
James Tandi
SHONA WOMAN
Verdite
29 X 9 X 10
$11,500
JT05620
James Tandi
SISTER MARY
Verdite
27 X 17 X 14
$10,999
JT03402
James Tandi
TRIBAL ELDER
Verdite
20 X 12 X 12
$10,999
JT13209
James Tandi
TSWANA LADY
Verdite
17 X 13 X 12
$8,199
JT10717
James Tandi
WEDZA WOMAN
Verdite
16 X 8 X 5
$5,599
JT06432
James Tandi
XHOSA FEMALE
Verdite
12 X 9 X 10
$4,800
JT08151
James Tandi
ZULU WARRIOR
Verdite
26 X 23 X 8
$13,100
JT03427