Jim Giddings

Jim Giddings describes painting as a path to discovery, “When I begin a painting I have no idea what will develop. My ideas change throughout the process; the process changes my ideas. For a number of years I have placed simply rendered images — letters of the alphabet, numbers, and the silhouettes of men or animals — in an abstract setting. My current surfaces are richer and more heavily worked than earlier work. I apply and remove paint, predominantly oil stick, over and over again until I have created an environment suitable for the figures to inhabit. I like to see how they react within their boundaries. My people don’t pose; they simply sit or walk around. I can only guess at their stories.”