Bio: James Kimak graduated from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, with a BS Fine Art, cum laude in 1976. He worked as a freelance from 1976 to 2005 and his 30 years experience as a designer, art director, photographer, digital artist and exhibiting painter, has served him well. Having honed his skills working with top firms and institutions (including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dow Jones, The New Haven Register, and NBC Shows and Sports) he established Kimak Design to specialise in Healthcare and Public Space Murals, Photography and Art.
James Kimak has been an exhibiting painter since the late 1980s. He has shown in many group shows including the National Art Club, The Parrish Art Museum and the American Museum of Illustration. James works primarily in pastel with mixed media, and occasionally incorporates paintings into his digital public space mural work. The February 2011 issue of the Pastel Journal featured his work in an extensive article.
Medium: Pastel; watercolour. Kimak had his own approach to pastel painting. On illustration board, over a watercolour underpainting, James creates sketchy areas of colour with soft pastels, then uses damp brushes to create gouache-like areas to give a painterly appearance. He usually builds up broad layers of colour before getting into detail. He also combines pastels with acrylic paint on gessoed board, using fixatives so that the painting will not require the protection of glass.
Subjects: Urban Landscape
Style: Representational. In 2001 New York Magazine Online had this to say of his work: “In a style reminiscent of Edward Hopper, James Kimak’s pastels evoke an almost sublime sense of stillness.” He had his first solo exhibition in 1993 – at the Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY! And in 2011 Kimak participated in a group show there, entitled "Re-Imagining Hopper." Of his work, Washington Heights, Karen Croke of the Gannet Journal News commented that the piece "definitely has a Hopper-esque feel, especially the play of light against buildings."
Interestingly, Kimak also lists Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud among his influences; Fairfield Porter and even Mark Rothko also get a mention.
Navigation: The gallery page lists the paintings by name on the left,
Gallery: Fine Art
Image View: Click on titles to view. There is no information on image size, but the paintings in the Pastel Journal were variously from 14 x 20 to 22 x 31. Capra’s Muse featured here, is 20 x 28 ins; 670 x 473. 104 KB.