Ian Kimmerly - Rosebud, 2011 (detail) - Copyright Ian Kimmerly

Ian Kimmerly

United States 1980



Ian Kimmerly
Ian Kimmerly
United States
December 20, 2015
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Ian Kimmerly is an American artist based in San Francisco, California, known predominantly for his paintings which explore the evolving notions of memory, personal experience and self in the digital age.

Art by Ian Kimmerly

Ian Kimmerly - They Could Wait Forever , 2014 - Downhill, 2014
Ian Kimmerly – They Could Wait Forever , 2014 / Downhill, 2014

Ian Kimmerly studied at London School of Economics, London, England and at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia. He received his BFA from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, in 2002, and his MFA from University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, in 2005. Since 2013, Kimmerly works as instructor of Drawing and Painting at City College of San Francisco. Inspiration comes from old photographs, videos and similar references. The goal is to show how technology has influences the world, to undercover how people communicate between each other, how we create memories in modern days. That will ultimately lead to better understanding of the world we live in.

Art by Ian Kimmerly

Ian Kimmerly - Patience Will Keep You Alive, 2013 - Plain Air, 2013
Ian Kimmerly – Patience Will Keep You Alive, 2013 / Plain Air, 2013

The painting are blurred to show how difficult is to express yourself in a way that everyone understand, that personal memories are not so shareable as we all think they may be. The artist wants to find out do we remember some details of our lives simply because someone took a picture or made a video, or if we would indeed remember without the aid of the technology. Passing of time undeniably distorts experiences, and delicate balance between abstraction and figurative helps the artist in capturing the processes of remembering and forgetting in the same artworks.

Art by Ian Kimmerly

Ian Kimmerly - Puzzle, 2011 - Water Logic, 2012
Ian Kimmerly – Puzzle, 2011 / Water Logic, 2012

He is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

Ian Kimmerly lives and works in San Francisco.

All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Ian KimmerlyDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2016Family PortraitsRichmond Art Center, Richmond, CAGroup
2015MicrocosmosGallery 621, Benicia, CAGroup
2015SFO/SNACoastline Community College, Newport, CAGroup
2015Faculty ExhibitionCity College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014Here and NowCity College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013Continuous WaveDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2012Point of No ReturnSouthern Exposure, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Mediated MemoriesCottage Industry Painting Salon, San Francisco, CASolo
2011UnknownK Imperial Fine Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Visual Aid’s Big DealSOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011UnknownArkansas State University, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Jonesboro, ARGroup
2011Staff InfectionSan Francisco Art Institute, CAGroup
2010Unknown500X Gallery, Dallas, TXGroup
2010Artists Leading Artists: Faculty and Staff ExhibitionSan Francisco Art InstituteGroup
2010The Affordable Art FairStephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, 7 West New York, NYGroup
2009DualitiesSebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CAGroup
2008SceneryDella Brown Taylor Gallery, West Virginia State University, Institute, WVSolo
2008Landscape, Nature and SpaceBucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008UnknownMcLennan Community College CSC Art Gallery, Waco, TXGroup
2007UnknownParchman Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, TXGroup
2007HomeRoot Division, San Francisco CAGroup
2007SFAI NowRed Ink Studios, San Francisco, CAGroup
2006Save the DateDinnerware Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZGroup
2006Telling TimeDinnerware Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZGroup
2006H2ODinnerware Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZGroup
2006UnknownArt One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZGroup
2006UnknownWard 6 Gallery, Tucson, AZGroup
2006Group ShowDinnerware Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZGroup
2005Arrivals/DeparturesShane House Gallery, Tucson, AZSolo
2005UnknownHotel Congress, Tucson, AZGroup
2005MFA ExhibitionUniversity of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZGroup
2005Salon de RefusesDinnerware Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZGroup
2004Student BiennaleAcademy of Fine Art and Design, Bratislava, SlovakiaGroup
2004UnknownTatranska Galeria, Poprad, SlovakiaGroup
2004PlaceboAcademy of Fine Art and Design, Bratislava, SlovakiaGroup
2003UnknownFremont House of the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZGroup
2003WedgeShane House Gallery, Tucson, AZGroup
2002UnknownCasa de Cultura, Nogales, MexicoGroup