Kyle Sims: A Step into the Wild
August 13 – 26, 2018
Trailside Galleries is pleased to announce Kyle Sims: A Step Into The Wild. The one man show for Sims will run concurrently with the gallery’s 55th Anniversary show that will be on exhibit at the gallery August 13-26. The Montana based artist will debut approximately 6 - 8 new studio works, primarily wildlife paintings, in addition to one or two pure landscape pieces.
Of his newest body of work, Sims notes “I’m continually focusing my efforts on improving my technique and experimenting with textures through a wide range of paint applications as well as looking for those key gestures for certain animals to help best describe that animal. I will have a variety of sizes and framing applications with which I also have fun experimenting.”
Painting with a sense of immediacy, Sims brings the viewer into the wild with his finely depicted scenery and the natural realism. An avid outdoorsman, he often paints on location which has helped him to develop a precise palette based on colors he observes in the wild. He uses this palette in the studio in an attempt to help his paintings look more life-like rather than photographic. He comments, “Painting on location trains you to see and interpret how life really looks to the eye, rather than the camera. I love the sketchy spontaneity of painting in the field and I’m out to capture that same look and feel in my studio work.”
Born and raised just outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming Kyle Sims’ childhood interest in art led him to Rocky Mountain College in Montana where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art. His artistic influences have included such notable wildlife artists as Carl Brenders, Terry Isaac, Dan Smith, Paco Young and Tucker Smith.
Kyle Sims is an annual exhibitor at the Prix De West Exhibition and Sale in Oklahoma City, where in 2009, he won the Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award. He is also an exhibitor at the Masters of the American West Sale at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles which in 2013 and 2016 awarded him the Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award. In 2016 he was the Featured Artist for the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, South Carolina.