Judy Nimtz: Littoral
Exhibition Dates: June 7 – 30, 2018
Opening Reception: First Thursday, June 7, 2018, 6 – 8pm
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Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 11 – 5:30pm and by appointment.
Koplin Del Rio is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by Judy Nimtz, Littoral. This marks the artist’s debut exhibition in Seattle and her fourth solo exhibition with Koplin Del Rio.
Judy Nimtz (b. 1973)
Judy Nimtz is known stylistically for paintings of solitary, contemplative figures often set in outdoor environs. Aiming to achieve a “quiet, introspective” mood, Nimtz thoughtfully stages her models in bright sunlight on lava rocks under the ultra blue sky of her native Hawaii. With their cool, marble-like flesh and graceful poses, Nimtz’s figures reference the genre of 19th century society portraiture and the Pre-Raphaelites. Each piece focuses on the strength of its subject – a figure commanding rather than isolated by the surrounding space. During an undergraduate study abroad in Italy, Nimtz spent time in Venice, Florence, and Rome and was fascinated with the presentation of solitary saints and patrons in 13th century altarpieces. She would later echo those spatial constructs in her own work, controlling the space by containing her figures in extreme vertical or horizontal formats portrayed in oil glazed panels.
"My art is a culmination of the experiences I’ve gathered from life and literature, places visited, dreamt of and imagined. I have always cherished the qualities of literature and the arts that allow me to explore beyond myself and beyond what I know. I strive to imbue my own work with similar traits. In each piece my challenge is to create a narrative whether out in nature, in an interior setting, or depicting a figure. My paintings are about possibilities." – Judy Nimtz
The title of the exhibition, “Littoral” is Latin for: existing or taking place on or near the shore. Nimtz is inspired by the research and discovery of alternate origins of words, using Latin and Greek dictionaries, and multiple thesauri, which further enhance the action of the painting or the inner thoughts of the figure in her descriptive titles.
Judy Nimtz was born in Taiwan and raised on the island of O’ahu in Hawai’i. After completion of her MFA in 2008 from Laguna College of Art and Design, Judy made Southern California her home. Nimtz has exhibited her work in several solo and group exhibitions in the Los Angeles area including a joint survey exhibition with Kenny Harris at The Santa Monica College Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2012) and multiple Artist-In-Residencies in Siena and Tuscany, Italy (2011-2015). She has been exhibiting with KDR since 2010.
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