James McDemas, founder and owner of Art Service of California located in Culver City since 1997, was born in Newport Beach in 1965.
James is committed to creating and restoring pieces of art and design through ecologically minded and responsible fabrication techniques that will last for generations.
One of James’ first influences was artist Ed Emberley’s instructional children’s drawing books. Even as an adolescent, James was designing and creating functional art.
After graduating from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, James attended Santa Monica College’s School of Art, Design & Architecture, co-founded by Frank Gehry. He graduated with an emphasis on design and sculpture. Several of James’ pieces were added to the S.M.C. permanent collection.
James was metal shop foreman at architectural firm Marmol Radziner for several years and has also done work for Ace Gallery and Griffin Contemporary.
James has created metal furniture, lighting and other objects for clients such as designer Tom Ford, Sony Co-Chairman Amy Pascal and numerous actors, including Brad Pitt, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.
James is a member of the Los Angeles Conservancy and Museum of Neon Art (MONA), where he has had several shows. Many of James’ signature pieces can be seen at MONA, where they are on permanent loan.