Trailside Galleries is pleased to announce Kyle Sims: A Journey To The Wild. The show of new studio works by the Montana based wildlife artist opens September 7 and continues through September 19.
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 pal-ette 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.
Of his newest studio paintings he notes, “These new works are the culmination of new ideas and thoughts I’ve had in regards to my approach to painting over the last couple of years, combined with my greater past. I’ve been trying new approaches with the beginning of a painting and experimenting to see how that can affect the end result. My hope is that this may create a more visually interesting painting that the collector can enjoy years down the road.” He continues, “I also find myself looking for the abstracts one can come across in nature and improving upon them when needed. Per my own tastes, I think the highest form of visual art is when you can create a pleasing abstract within the grasps of reality.”
Kyle Sims is an annual exhibitor and award winner at the Prix De West Exhibition and Sale in Oklahoma City. 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.