James Kipp, a seasoned artist with a career spanning over five decades, has showcased his art through numerous One and Two-man exhibitions in and around Michigan. His artistic journey commenced with illustrative pieces, serving as a canvas to explore the intricate capabilities of oil paint. Kipp's approach is firmly rooted in tradition, employing techniques such as glazing and scumbling to create layered colors. His artistic focus revolves around the interplay of light and shadow, as well as the impact of textures on surfaces. Through his work, he delves into capturing the often fleeting but awe-inspiring moments of our remarkable and delicate world. Kipp's creative process involves discovering the focal point and rhythm within an image, allowing the rest to naturally unfold.
Among the prominent influences that have shaped his artistic vision are luminaries such as Maxfield Parrish, Isaak Levitan, the Hudson River School, and the Russian Wanderers.
However, Kipp's artistic talents are not confined solely to the realm of painting. He is also a goldsmith, boat builder, and musician, demonstrating a multifaceted creative spirit.
As a lifelong Michigander, James Kipp's deep-rooted connection to the state's sprawling coastlines and the subtle beauty hidden in unexpected corners has been a wellspring of inspiration. He attributes his creative inclination to his artistic parents, for whom creativity was second nature.
Kipp's artistic journey began in high school when he discovered a knack for drawing on any available surface, including textbooks. His formal education in the arts led him to Michigan State University, where he immersed himself in painting, printmaking, and sculpture as part of the BFA program.
James Kipp's body of work stands as a testament to his enduring passion for art, his reverence for Michigan's landscapes, and his unwavering commitment to artistic exploration.
All paintings are original oil paintings painted either on linen canvas or cradled wood panel. Shipping within the continental USA is free. Paintings are securely packed. All paintings are finished with a UV protecting varnish.