Simonelli, Kim

Studio: Blue Ridge Studio
Community: Port Townsend
Phone: 206-595-4157
Email: blueridgestudio@mindspring.com
Website: kimsimonelli.com
Media: metal sculpture, painting

Past exhibits and events with Northwind

2016 Showcase artist | 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Small Expressions - Merit Award | 2016, 2014, 2013 Art Port Townsend | 2016 Bits and Pieces | 2015, 2013 Alchemy of the Abstract Merit Award | 2015 Form and Figure | 2014 Art and the Word | 2014 Earth Matters

Artist Statement

I am fascinated by simple geometric shapes and the possibilities of combining basic curves, circles, and rectangles into an endless variety of complex 3-dimensional sculptures. I create works that have a sense of energy and motion, while maintaining a sense of balance in the finished piece. There is a constant challenge to keep the finished artwork as simple as possible to preserve the geometric relationships and create a compelling sculpture.

My paintings are also mostly abstract explorations of shape, texture, motion, and color.

Inspiration comes from almost anything – patterns in nature, machinery, or everyday objects. Sometimes an idea for a sculpture begins with a glimpse of something I find visually exciting; some inspiration comes from visual memory.

My sculpture work process often begins with a drawing created on the computer. The ability to quickly create, size, and move geometric shapes on a computer helps me create surprising new shapes and object relationships – which is a key element in my design process. A project drawing is normally quarter-scale and is 2-dimensional – the third dimension is developed in my mind, and is assisted by dimensional notations that I write on the drawing printout. Details often evolve as I proceed with fabrication of the piece. A project may also start with nothing more than a quick sketch consisting of a few key lines and shapes. For a freestanding sculpture I may create a model to explore spatial relationships, just begin fabricating the piece from a drawing, or sometimes start with no preconceived idea.

Biography

Kim Simonelli was born in Portland Oregon in 1944. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis MD and The University of Washington, School of Architecture, then worked for over 30 years in Technical Publishing before retiring in 2006. Kim has devoted most of his time since 2009 to pursuing a long term interest in art. He is continuing to develop his style of abstract metal sculpture and pursuing development of a series of abstract paintings in acrylic media. Other than a few art and design classes in the early 1960s and a welding class in the late 1990s, he is a self-taught artist.

Kim is a past Board Member and Webmaster for Northwind Arts Center, a non-profit arts organization in Port Townsend. Kim has had two solo shows, a two-man show, and his art has been selected to show in 25 juried exhibitions over the last 6 years. Kim lives in Port Townsend and works at his home studio.

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