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

Ian Kimmerly

Painting

December 20, 2015

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.