Jim Waid: Terra Incognita
An Exhibition of New Paintings and Book Release
Phoenix (September 19, 2016) – Bentley Gallery announces an exhibition of paintings by Arizona abstract landscape painter Jim Waid. Along with several new paintings and drawings, a coffee table book covering 50 years of Waid’s art will be featured.
The exhibition will run from October 21 through November 12, with the Opening Reception on Friday, October 21 from 6 to 9pm (Phoenix Artlink’s “Third Friday”). Jim Waid will be at the opening reception.
Jim Waid paints abstract worlds saturated with color, layered with marks, filled with rhythm and movement, and intricately textured. The artist describes his art as conveying a “call and response mindset, where one thing suggests the next. I trust my intuition, which allows the painting a certain liveliness and an unexpected way of arriving at something.” Because of this approach, the viewer’s eye is continually on the move when in front of a Jim Waid work of art. “The paintings have a life of their own and I try to let that come through,” he explains.
In the newly released book, Jim Waid Paintings, essay writer and curator MaLin Wilson-Powell explains, “Waid’s individual paintings ‘grow’ their own DNA. They determine their own dimensions, palette and personality. This means the white heat and tumult of his hands-on work opens up new avenues to make more work, leading to multiple stylistic approaches in his on-going conceptual and material development. Waid continues to explore figure/ground relationships that are on the edge of recognition, balancing on the edge of the liminal. His paintings offer viewers newly minted, bristling adventures firmly embedded in his concern to create arcs of space and light.”
The mastery of Waid’s subjects consistently push the boundaries of landscape painting, referencing elements from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting and Victorian botanicals. Their complexity - which clarify his paintings’ formal values of line, form and color - transcend their physicality.
Additionally, a limited edition coffee table book entitled Jim Waid Paintings (published by Last Chair Media) will also be available. The twelve-inch hardcover publication showcases 140 full-page images of the artist’s work covering fifty years of his art. A special small run of the book includes an original Waid print completed with the artist’s handiwork.
James K. Ballinger, Phoenix Art Museum Director Emeritus, wrote the foreword to the book and stated, “For almost forty years, I have continued fairly frequent studio visits with the artist, and during those meetings it became obvious how strategic, thoughtful and aware he is of his own work and how it is seen by his viewers. Waid is the most careful editor of the many artists I have known over my career. This act is so important to an artist’s ongoing reputation and legacy. Waid is very serious about his development when one listens to him yet at the same time, he does not take himself too seriously which allows continuous playfulness, experimentation, and versatility.
Born in Elgin, Oklahoma in 1942, Jim Waid received a BFA from the University of New Mexico in 1965 and an MFA from the University of Arizona in 1971. The artist lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Waid Selected Public Collections
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Phoenix Art Museum
The Albuquerque Museum
Denver Museum of Art
University of Oklahoma
J.P. Speed Museum, Louisville, KY
University of New Mexico
Nelson Fine Art Center, Arizona State University
Palm Springs Desert Museum
San Antonio Museum of Art
Superior Court Art Trust, Washington, DC
Tampa Museum of Art
Tucson Museum of Art
University of Indiana Art Museum
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Waid Selected Corporate Collections
U.S. State Department Art in Embassies Collection
Arthur Anderson & Company
Coca Cola Bottling Company
Coopers & Lybrand
MGM: Bellagio Hotel
Prudential Insurance Company