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“Rethink, reimagine, retool and invent new ways of doing things. Looking at life through a different lens often reveals new interesting solutions. Good architecture, fine furniture and woodworking tells a story and engages the senses as does good painting.”
MOVING IN NEW DIRECTIONS
Jim moved from architecture into building and then into woodworking and now is also expanding his talents and product line as he explores new methods of painting.
A parti pris is the chief organizing thought or decision behind an architect's design, presented in the form of a basic diagram or a simple statement. It may be shortened to "parti". It is also referred to as "the big idea". It signifies an architect's overall guiding idea for a design.
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak...”
ABSTRACT LANDSCAPE PAINTER INSPIRED BY NATURE
Jim Wildman has expanded his talents to include painting and sculpting and now in his paintings has incorporated texture, mark making, and surfaces created by combing paint color with plaster, gypsum or tile mortar. He often incises lines or layers of color. The resulting layers and lines also resemble geological layers.
Abstract Painting PULL Technique
PULLING AND SCRAPING PAINT
The act of pulling and scraping paint is most associated with Jim Wildman's current work. Jim uses wood found in his shop and a handcrafted squeegee to rub and scrape the paint that he applies in large bands across his canvases.
He spreads the paint over the surface and integrates the various colors with texture and each other which creates a blurring of one area of color into another – so that one has the feeling of looking at an out of focus image, that creates landscapes beyond decipherment.
HIDDEN LAYERS LET COLORS EMERGE
Pulling and Scrapping paint is an extraordinary process keeping in mind that a percentage of this image will be permanently hidden by subsequent paint coverage.
So, after the under-painting is determined ready Wildman then covers it with thick oil, acrylic or latex paint, of built up texture using various elements, from sawdust to plaster. He sometimes uses wide headed brushes but more frequently layers ares of paint with his squeegee.
Wildman creates a smooth buttery wet into wet surface. This is usually in a direction horizontal to the picture plane like in a landscape scene. However, in other paintings you see the squeegee track suddenly veer off in a contra- compositional direction creating sharp paint statements.
The Scraping and pulling of paint in a painting is often associated with the Dutch Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning, who achieved this effect with a palette knife, and the German contemporary painter Gerhard Richter, who often uses a squeegee and Pierre Soulages, a French painter who added texture and marks to his paintings.
Jim finds “I find the act of pulling and scraping paint to be almost addictive and I am inspired by the artists who are experts at this technique.”
ADDING PAINT IN LAYERS IS SIMILAR TO SEEING THE GRAINS IN WOOD REVEALED...
THE POWER OF BLACK
Like Soulange, Jim artfully utilizes the power of black in his work. And like Soulange who also applied the paint in thick layers, Jim’s painting technique includes using objects such as pieces of wood, tools or rake-like tools to scrape or etch movements depending on whether he wants to evoke a smooth or rough surface. The texture that is then produced either absorbs or rejects light, breaking up the surface of the painting by disrupting the uniformity of the surface.
BEYOND BLACK (OUTRENOIR)
Soulange is the painter of black," owing to his interest in the color "both as a color and a non-color. When light is reflected on black, it transforms and transmutes it. He sees light as a work material; striations of the black surface of his paintings enable him to reflect light, allowing the black to come out of the darkness and into brightness, thus becoming a luminous color.
Soulange said, "My instrument is not black but the light reflected from the black." Naming his own practice 'Outrenoir', (Beyond Black) the paintings he produced are known for their endless black depth, created by playing with the light reflected off of the texture of the paint.
The titles are not meant to be descriptive, but refer merely to associations connected with the artist’s mind set or memories at a particular time.
Jim uses word associations for Titles plus a numbering scheme where paintings are named by their date of production. i.e., N°2019M22
In this painting which is comprised with dark greys and a lighter, striated khaki section in the centre. This section overlays the darker one, but both are textured with marks left by the artist as he worked and reworked the paint on the canvas.
JIM WILDMAN KNOWN FOR HIS ABSTRACT PAINTINGS, is an OKLAHOMA ARTIST WHOSE PAINTINGS ARE INSPIRED BY NATURE. THE BASES OF HIS WORK, LANDSCAPES EVOLVING FROM MEMORIES OF HIS TRAVELS WHILE IN THE MARINES TO HIS HOME SITUATED ON LAKE CLAREMORE IN GREEN COUNTRY, OK.
Claremore is a city and the county seat of Rogers County in northeastern Oklahoma situated in Green Country, sometimes referred to as Northeast Oklahoma. Green Country is the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of Oklahoma, which lies west of the northern half of Arkansas, the southwestern corner of Missouri, and south of Kansas. The region is noted for its mild rainy climate and beautiful scenery.