Friday, January 25, 2008

George McKim - Freedom of Expression



Today I am featuring the Etsy shop of George McKim, who is also an visual artist.

If you haven' t had a chance to visit George's website, by all means do. It gives so much insight into his process of evolving art. Shown are the numerous steps he goes through to achieve his final product in the different projects he is working on. It's all very interesting.

Shown above is Springtime Explosion, but look to see what it took to create the numerous collages to finally arrive here.

George was born and grew up in Wilmington, NC, USA. For the past 15 years he has lived in Raleigh, NC with his wife Betty who is a jeweler of some renown with her own website and a degree in Metals and Jewelry, his two adult children Edward and Devin who are twins, their golden retriever Sophie and their cat, Woodstock. (Amazing how many Etsians are cat fanciers, isn't it?)

George says, "I studied art in college and have a Masters Degree in Painting and Drawing. My artwork has been shown in galleries and museums in my region. My day job is working as a pre-press graphic artist for a printing company and I make my art in my "spare time". Since I was a kid I have always drawn pictures and painted. I like the freedom of expression of art and have always enjoyed painting."

George has a wonderful description on his blog telling how how he has created his great sunflower linoprints. The intricacies of carving a linoleum block are not lost on me, nor is the process of applying the right amount of ink. However, George seems to have mastered the process. Have I mentioned yet that his day job is in printing?

This is what George has to say about the Pink Cubist Guitar shown at left:

"This collage is a homage to the great art movement known as Cubism, you know with that guy, what's his name? Umm, oh yeah, Picasso and that other guy named Braque. It's an abstract design based on the shape of a guitar. I think this is one of the best collages I've ever done, even if I do say so myself! It's a tip of the hat to the great Cubist painters, but it's light and lively yet subdued and classic. The paper size is 11" x 14" and it has some white border area. With a really nice framing job this collage will look stunning , don't you agree?" And yes, I do.

Be sure to visit George and enjoy his prolific art at:

http://georgemckim.etsy.com/
http://georgemckim.blogspot.com/
http://www.george-mckim.com/

1 comment:

Regal Beads said...

there's just something about those sunflowers...maybe they remind me of warm summer days :)

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