JIM NUTT: 2015 Recipient of Artist Award
Jim Nutt, Trim, 2010, acrylic on linen with MDF frame, 25 3/8 x 24 3/8 inches. © Jim Nutt; Courtesy David Nolan Gallery, New York.
Nutt is noted for his intricate and psychological portraits of imaginary women. His dense, angular compositions are painstakingly hand made and reflect a formal interest in the face. Ken Johnson of The New York Times has called Nutt "a supremely elegant and inventive stylist." David Ebony, writing in Art in America, remarked on the "sculptural solidity" of the nose, lips and chins in Nutt’s absorbing, grotesque character-driven acrylic paintings and pencil drawings. In 2011, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presented an acclaimed solo retrospective of the last 20 years of Nutt’s work. Ted Loos of The New York Times quoted Museum of Contemporary Art Curator Lynne Warren’s assertion that Nutt is "an artist’s artist."