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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. The process is like a performance. It's the magic of spontaneous work combined with a candid observation of society that allows me to pursue the daily events of ordinary people as the theme of my work."
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 Gold 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, winning both the Certificate of Merit and the Joseph Hartley Memorial Award at two Salmagundi Club Exhibitions. English has been published in Southwest Art, Figure Drawing Workshop Magazine, Art Talk, Focus Santa Fe, and Artists Magazine.
Kim English paints people enjoying themselves with an extraordinary sense of personal pleasure. His quick, confident strokes, combined with an unusual ability to create contrast within light, result in a natural overall freshness in his work. The artist currently travels the world capturing images of everyday life. "I find beauty in the everyday," says English. "Through my work, I want to make people aware that everyday life is interesting and meaningful, that there is beauty all around them."