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Jim Myrick works in a number of mediums including oil and acrylic painting and drawing. His work is very reflective of his influences and life experience with half of his artistic output devoted to the outdoors and the other half centered on the urban experience. Jim works in both landscapes and from still life. His hyper realistic style is characteristic of old masters paintings. Conversely he paints images conjured from the imagination in the Papa Comes Home series. All of his work is representational however in subject and execution. Myrick is known for his striking use of color. His finely glazed paintings take on a jewel like quality, glowing and glistening in the light. Since these images are so compelling technically one can appreciate the work based on their beauty alone.
His art does not just convey a deeply personal statement distilled from the artist spirit, but attempts to present something universal as well. This work is about facets of life we can all relate to. Jim's work has a very conceptual underpinning. Landscapes intentionally have no trace of humans or evidence of people, conveying a pristine state before the arrival of civilization. The Papa Comes Home series never has more than a single solitary figure in an urban landscape. Sometimes the actual subject of the painting has meaning in the case of landscapes with water (liquid), the sky (gas) and a big tree (solid). These three states of matter are the basis for life and symbolic of the meaning of the artwork, a celebration of life. Most of the landscapes are based on real places in the California wilderness, such as the Lake Tahoe area, Yosemite, Mt Lassen and Kings Canyon. These constructs give his work multi layered meaning and add a sense of mystery and intrigue. One can ask if everything can ever be fully discovered and known in these fine works of art.
The Papa Comes Home series is clearly allegorical as an exploration of the sense of alienation one can find in the urban setting. Even when surrounded by people one can relate to the feeling of being all alone in the big city just like the central figure in the painting. Papa is a single figure, obviously a man on the journey to or from work. While his expression may seem blank it is not with out feeling or emotion. Quite the opposite, the Papa figure is full of the expression of melancholy. Papa looks drained, like a man beaten down by the system. The short sleeve shirts, his tie and pen in the pocket forewarn of a being that has subdued the self to be productive. In these works we are exchanging a fleeting glance with a person who has learned to fit in, to get along and to comply with the system. Papa could be anyone, a person we know, a friend or a family member. Perhaps Papa could even be someone just like us.
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