Threshold: New Works by JIM WAID
January 6 - February 28, 2014
“When people consider the most distinguished contemporary artists working in Arizona today, Jim Waid is always at the top of the list,” Bentley Gallery founder and owner Bentley Calverley states. Many Arizonans are familiar with Waid’s critically acclaimed paintings, one of which is currently on view in the Phoenix Art Museum’s Great Hall.
In his paintings, Jim Waid attempts to convey the fundamental processes of nature: growth, decay, life and death. Images that initially seem abstract slowly reveal themselves to be close-up views of various natural elements such as flora, insects and the Southwestern desert landscape. Multiple layers of paint are thickly applied and then selectively scraped away to reveal hidden images, as if on the threshold of something new and unexpected. Throughout this process, Waid allows different forms and colors suggest new ones. The result is a much a surprise for him as it is for the viewer.
John Reyes of Bentley Gallery describes Jim Waid’s paintings: “The mastery of his subjects consistently push the boundaries of landscape painting, referencing elements from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting and Victorian botanicals. Their complexity - which clarifies his paintings’ formal values of line, form and color - transcend their physicality. Jim creates works that you truly can admire and live with.”
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. His paintings are in numerous public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Phoenix Art Museum; The Albuquerque Museum; J.P. Speed Museum, Louisville, KY; Nelson Fine Art Center, Arizona State University; Palm Springs Desert Museum; Superior Court Art Trust, Washington, DC; Tampa Museum of Art; Tucson Museum of Art; Utah Museum of Fine Arts; and many others. The artist lives in Tucson, Arizona.