Kim English

Colorado based painter, Kim English, depicts in his paintings the simple beauty found in daily life. Known for his mastery of chiaroscuro, each piece speaks to the true focus of English’s inspiration the harmony existing between light and shadow. His subject matter, ranging from a street side fruit stand in Mexico to sun filled windows, creates a particular mood, through which the viewer is introduced to charming scenarios that are wrapped in depth and texture, and are entirely about paint. This is the primary force of English’s painting his astonishing manipulation of his medium. He maintains a feeling of spontaneity by completing each painting in one sitting the alla prima method. He says of using this method, Immediacy is important. Not only because it is often the nature of people, but for me it is the most instinctive way to paint.

English was born in 1957 in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in a rural community near Colorado Springs. After graduation from the Rocky Mountain School of Art he joined the faculty and later began teaching at the Art Students League of Denver and the Scottsdale Artists School. He has exhibited at the Allied Artists of America winning the old Medal of Honor; the National Academy of Design; the Artists of America-Denver Rotary Club; NAWA 21st Annual Exhibition; Arts for the Parks; the Colorado Governor’s Invitational - Loveland Museum; the A.R. Mitchell Memorial Museum of Western Art; The Knickerbocker 42nd Annual Exhibition; the Oil Painters of America and won both the Certificate of Merit and the Joseph Hartley Memorial Award at two Salmagundi Club Exhibitions.

“Immediacy is apparent in my work because it is thenature of his subjects and the most instinctive way to paint. “The process is like a performance. It combines the magic of spontaneity with candid observation ofpeople.” Form and light are critical elements in my compositions of street and market scenes, fishing boats and interiors”.

Selected Exhibits:

  • Allied Artist of America 1992, New York
  • William Meyerowitz Memorial Award for an American for an American Scene
  • National Academy of Design, New York
  • NAWA – 21st Annual Exhibition, Oklahoma
  • Arts for the Parks – National Park Service Touring Exhibition, Washington, D.C.
  • National Drawing Exhibition, Boulder CO
  • Akron Society of Artists, Ohio Grand Award
  • “My Favorite Place”–painting competition, CO – Silver Medal
  • 1989 Poster Artist – National Public Broadcasting Service – KRMA-TV, Denver
  • American Lung Association – “Celebrating the Art of Clean Air” – TouringExhibition
  • A.R. Mitchell Memorial Museum of Western Art – A Solo Mezanine Exhibit – Colorado
  • “Best of the Sangres” – painting competition, CO – Silver Medal
  • Salmugundi Club – New York – Joseph Hartley Memorial Museum Award for an oil Painting
  • The Colorado Governor’s Invitational – Loveland Museum
  • Knickerbocker 42nd Annual Exhibition 1992 – New York
  • Oil Painters of America – Daler Rowney Royal Academy Award
  • “Five American Painters in Tuscany” – CO
  • “ The Figure” – CO
  • Numerous faculty and gallery shows, including over 15 one-man shows
  • Publications:
  • Southwest Art – Featured Article: Charmed by the Commonplace – by Sue Dawson, September 1986
  • Artist’s Magazine- cover article: Keeping it Simple – June 1987
  • Art Talk-Spotlight – by Chris Smith 1993
  • Personal Journal
  • Art/Work, California – by Susan Overstreet, 1989
  • Figure Drawing Workshop- Chapter: Learning to Draw Body Language – by Carole Katchan – Watson-Guptill Publications
  • Colorado Homes & Lifestyles- article: Learning from the Masters – December 1987
  • Revue An Instinctive Way to Paint – by Bonnie Asplin, 1993
  • Faculty Associations & Workshops:
  • Art Students League of Denver, Colorado
  • La Romita School of Art – Itlay
  • Scottsdale Artist’s School, Scottsdale AZ
  • Plein Air Summer School, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Carrizo Art School – New Mexico
  • “Plein Air Painting in the Rockies” Marble, CO
  • Westcliffe Center for the Arts, Summer Workshops, Westcliffe, CO
  • Oklahoma Art Workshops, Tulsa Oklahoma