Portland artist Jim Gion, known for bronze sculptures of animals, dies at 71
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Portland artist Jim Gion, known for bronze sculptures of animals, dies at 71

Portland sculptor Jim Gion , who was known for life-like bronzes of animals and public works of art, died unexpectedly on July 4. He was 71. James Gregory Gion was born in Klamath Falls and became interested in clay sculpture as a child. He attended Oregon State University before being drafted into the Navy in 1967. In Vietnam, Gion worked as an interpreter. During his second tour, he met a Vietnamese sculptor who introduced him to bronze casting. After leaving the service in 1971, he completed his bachelor’s degree at Oregon State and became certified as a teacher of English as a second language. Gion then returned to Asia, teaching English in Korea and Japan for a decade, while continuing to refine his sculpting style, working mostly in plaster and mixed media, according to his biography on his business website . In 1984, he returned to Portland and opened his first studio in the Albina business district, where he built several small bronze foundries and made his own castings. His work during this period ranged from bronze busts of friends and relatives to a series of small sculptures inspired by the poses of working prostitutes. In 1992, Gion created […]

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