Above... The various moods of an old bozo with his own website, all in good fun.
Hi, my name is Jim Borton and I'd like to welcome you to my website, KirkPatrickGallery.com. Thanks for stopping by. I hope that you'll take some time to wander through this site and enjoy what you see.
I started out sometime in 2003 with a digital camera and the idea that a multiple panel photo might be more interesting than a single panel photo. ( Please see "The Prow" and "W... underwalk II") I also experimented with printing on different kinds of paper and canvas and doing different kinds of compositions.
I then decided to start making my own mats. I bought a mat cutter and developed some techniques for texturing and coloring those mats. I was getting interesting comments... as many for the mats as for the photos. I eventually became more interested in the paper texturing and advanced into works that added paper pastes and acrylic paints to develop a unique, highly textured style of abstraction.
I always have a new piece on the table and have developed a body of work that I am presenting to galleries. I live in Wisconsin and hope to soon have some of my works showing in Janesville, Madison and Milwaukee but...
My GOAL is to produce works that will look good in your home!
As a child my interest for the future was in architecture and the task of drafting. Due to a badly timed move going into Junior High school that future didn't happen but the idea of designing things of interest has always remained a hobby. My art is certainly inspired by it. Working from an architectural aesthetic my works are not essentially artistic statements but rather design pieces meant to enhance the space they are to be displayed in.
I work with textured paper and acrylic paints and varnishes. I have currently decided to stick with prestretched canvases but in the past have worked on 1/8” Masonite, 1/4” hardboard, canvas panels, even galvanized steel. I have experimented with framing techniques and non-framing techniques and now choose to work with non-framed, deep-sided canvas panels.
Beginnings are easy.
My works are technique driven and tend to be highly textural in the physical as well as color realm.
For me the empty panel or canvas always begs for texture. That's where I start, although I will generally throw down a pattern of colors in one form or another before the real game begins. The idea of an empty canvas often starts three or four times as I work. The stuff I did yesterday is ignored as I do new things today. Just because a canvas has some stuff on it from the previous session doesn't mean it's not an empty canvas now.
The actual work goes very quickly but there's a lot of down time. I work in one color, or one textural element at a time. I may spend only 20 minutes working with a color or texturing technique and then let it dry. Time to run errands, take a nap or work on another project or piece. My works always take at least a few weeks, and sometimes a couple of months to complete. After a few layers I begin to see where the work wants to go, and then I need to be more careful, maybe planning but not doing too much “thinking”. I don't paint these paintings, the paintings paint themselves, with my help.
My work is often influenced by the photos from the Hubble telescope, or from the end-times feelings derived from world politics. If a horizon line appears the piece often becomes a “scape”. The feeling of flowers sometimes emerge. Vertical lines often lead to the development of panels.
I came to art late in life. At this time I am actually an amateur professional artist. That is to say I am an unmarketed professional artist who realizes that the time has come to learn, and begin to practice this new aspect of the trade. I look forward to the coming experiences of marketing my art and, hopefully becoming successful.
I don't know if any of these works will show up in important gallerys or shows, but it's more important to me that they show up in one or more of YOUR places. These works are for you.
Explore and enjoy.
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