Vic James, aka, Jim McVicker
January 28 – March 7th, 2014
Artist reception: February, 14th 6-8:30pm during Arts! Arcata
Diversions is exactly what these paintings are all about. I almost think of them as doodles, letting my mind and hand wander, never knowing what direction I’m going.
I have this alter ego that pops into my head and studio on occasion. I’ve called him Vic James. He is another part of who I am as a painter. I have always loved to push paint around with no rhyme or reason, just the shear pleasure of seeing what the paint does. Thick paint, thin paint, dry and very wet paint all excite my senses. This part of painting carries over into all my work.
I’m more compelled to paint as McVicker; landscapes, portraits, and still-life paintings are more to the heart of who I am, but that’s not all of me and I like that I can explore in other directions. Life is too short and interesting not to.
Each of these paintings begin with palette scrapings spread upon a clean canvas. At some point an image starts to appear and I start to follow and develop the painting in the direction I’m carried. Some of the images are joyful and others dark. The paintings cover many emotions and always feel good to get down on canvas. The titles pop into my head as I look at the finished work.
Jim McVicker, 2014
A reception for the artist is being held Friday, February 14th as part of Arcata’s monthly arts celebration, Arts! Arcata from 6-8:30 pm. The gallery is located at 1063 G Street, Umpqua Bank, Arcata.