Warren Kimble: “Folk Art 2017”
June 30-August 29, 2017
The Brandon Artists Guild celebrates one of its founders, Warren Kimble, with an exhibition featuring the universally appealing folk art that has made him famous since 1987. The twist is that the folk art imagery he presents with this exhibition is a new body of artwork. When asked what a current show at the Brandon Artists Guild means to him, Kimble said, “I feel very invested in the Guild. I have an earnest desire to sustain its importance to the arts in the community.”
Kimble’s beloved version of Americana–art that tells stories of a simple, less complicated era–is the genre for which he is most known. In recent years, however, the prolific artist has delved into other subjects with timely content, such as the Widows of War installations, or with humor and satire (The House of Cards collection). And he has continued his insatiable exploration of abstract images, both in painting (such as the “Cosmos” series, relating to Earth and the Universe) and in sculpture–the masculine assemblages shown at Burlington’s Frog Hollow in March 2017.
Now, to the delight of his many fans, this exhibition at the Brandon Artists Guild shows Warren Kimble in a current mood of nostalgia, once again painting his signature animal, barn, and homestead scenes on antique wooden boards and other found objects. The artist combines his love of New England painting, architecture, and artisan imagery and applies this considerable knowledge of antiques and artifacts to the creation of his visionary folk art. The delicate details, gentle humor, and whimsy speak to the child in all of us, offering a peaceful retreat into a serene fantasy world of olden times.
(text adapted from the venue’s press materials)
Brandon Artists Guild
7 Center Street
Sheep on Blue
by Warren Kimble