Artist Statement

Jamie Kirkland Fine ArtI currently live and work in the vibrant art community of Santa Fe, New Mexico. For a time, I lived in Crestone, Colorado on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range in the San Luis Valley. Crestone is one of the quietest places on earth. While listening to NPR radio out of Alamosa, CO, I heard two park officials from the Great Sand Dunes National Park discussing the latest results of decibel measurements in the valley. A typical library measures 40 decibels. They were both amazed to report that the Crestone area measured 14 decibels. It is that quiet and stillness that I aspire to convey in my painting.

My paintings evoke a sense of limitless space, of expansiveness, stillness and calm. The first gallery director to show my work used the description “minimalist abstract landscape.”  I liked that. A lot can be said with simplicity by reducing the landscape to shapes and forms, much the same way a poet expresses an idea in three lines of haiku. And just as traditional haiku contains a kigo, or season reference, my paintings reference seasonality with an economy of expression that is almost always atmospheric

 

Artist Biography

Jamie Kirkland, one of the Southwest’s premier abstract landscape painters, has a unique voice and a sophisticated contemporary take on traditional landscape painting. Her technique is a process of action and reaction, resulting in many layers of paint and achieving an overall sense of color harmony. She is a consummate colorist, mixing many of her paints directly on the canvas.

Collectors have commented that they are drawn to the quiet, meditative feeling and harmonious color palettes that appear in many of Jamie’s pieces.

In 2006, Southwest Art magazine selected her as “an artist to watch.” Her paintings have been shown by the Utah Arts Council; the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Pensacola Museum of Fine Art (Florida); and other prominent arts organizations. In 2007, Jamie was invited to become a member of the National Association of Women Artists, which was founded in 1889 and is the oldest professional women’s fine art organization in the United States.

Many of Jamie’s paintings come from an imaginary place, which she desires to experience and convey. She also draws inspiration from her vast archive of digital photographs. Jamie is drawn to the expansive vistas of the West as well as the lush humid landscape and waterways of her native South. Having lived for a number of years in New York City, she also filters many memories of the New England coastline into her work.

Jamie’s work hangs in many prominent public, corporate, and private collections throughout the United States.

Solo Exhibitions

2016   Winterowd Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, Looking & Listening

2014   Winterowd Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM Secret Place

2012   Winterowd Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, Shimmer

2010   EA Gallery, Rye, NY, Waterways

Winterowd Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, Enchanted April

2008   Winterowd Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, Sanctuary

2006   Phoenix Gallery, Park City, UT, Mountain Time

Winterowd Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, Horizon Line

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015   Gallery Orange, New Orleans, LA, Trio

National Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK Small Works Great Wonders

Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach, FL , Exxpectations

2014   Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, OK October Exhibition

Albuquerque Museum of Art, Miniatures and More

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Small works, Great Wonders

J GO Gallery, Park City, UT, Massively Small

Russell Collection, Austin, TX, Elements

2013   Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa OK, Landscape Visions

2012   Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, Annual Exhibition

2011   Cabinet Magazine, Brooklyn, NY An Exchange with Sol LeWitt

Santa Fe Arts Commission, Santa Fe, NM Common Ground,

2009   Jules Place, Boston, MA, Elements

National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY, Small Works

2008   EA Gallery, Port Chester, NY, Opening Show

2006   New Mexico Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM, Southwest Biennial

Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL, Invitational

2004   Winterowd Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, Opening Show

Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT, Works on Paper

2003   Museum of Fine Arts Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Show: Southwest Juried Exhibition (Juror: Susan Rothenberg)

Saint George Museum, Saint George, UT, Traveling Exhibition

Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT, Color of Landscape

 

Art Fairs

2015   Affordable Art Fair (Winterowd Fine Art) new York, NY

2013   LA Art Show (Winterowd Fine Art) Los Angeles, CA

2012   Affordable Art Fair (Winterowd Fine Art), Seattle, WA

2011   Art Chicago (Winterowd Fine Art), Chicago, IL

2010   Affordable Art Fair (Winterowd Fine Art), New York, NY

2009   Red Dot (EA Gallery). Miami, FL

           13th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show (EA Gallery), Boston, MA

 

Education

2004   BFA, University of Utah (with High Honors)

2004   Private Instruction with Connie Borup, Provence, France

 

Selected Publications

2013   “Ones To Watch” Michele Corriel, Western Art and Architecture, December

2013   “Landscape Painting Portfolio” Bonnie Gangelhoff, Southwest Art, February 2013

2012   “Quiet Beauty” Staci Golar, The Santa Fean, October 2012

2011   “In Essence,” Wolf Schneider, New Mexico Magazine, July 2011

2010   “Serenity Now,” Devon Jackson, The Santa Fean, April/May 2010

 

Public and Corporate Collections

Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL, permanent collection.

Ambassador Bruce Wharton, Zimbabwe

Capital One

Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler Texas

Kevin Pollak

Advent International Corporation

Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, AL

State of New Mexico

Ambassador Robert Blake, Sri Lanka

Boston Trust, Boston, MA