2019-03-01 Western Art Collector

(Martin Jones) #1


Jim Wilcox


ccording to artist Jim Wilcox,
“Painting requires tricking people
into seeing grandiose subjects with
depth and mood when they’re really seeing
dabs of paint on a flat surface. A somewhat
impressionistic approach like mine may
appear photographic at a distance, but tool
marks of the artist will be obvious to anyone
taking a close look. When viewers excitedly
discover those marks, as some clients did
yesterday as we hung my paintings in their
beautiful home, I realize that the trick of
turning dabs into vistas is working.”
Summer jobs in Jackson Hole, Wyoming,
led Wilcox to choose a career in art, as it
allowed him to live in the city and spend time
outdoors with his favorite subjects. Wilcox
not only paints, but owns the Wilcox Gallery,
which has two locations in the city that has
become known for its Western art scene. “This
spring my family and I will have lived here 50
years, with my career and galleries adding to
the joy and successes of being here,” he says.
While Wilcox enjoys the beauty of
ordinary subjects his focus is on spectacular
views that are abundant where he lives.

Within 100 miles, he explains, there is
almost every kind of landscape except for the
ocean and jungle.
“Varied and competing subject matter

often make the decision of what to paint
next difficult. Choosing any subject requires
temporarily ignoring thousands of others,” he
says. “As if mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls,
geysers and skies aren’t enough, we’re
also blessed with abundant wildlife, which
sometimes appears in the foreground of my
painting instead of being hidden behind trees
or rocks.”

Want to See More?
Represented by Wilcox Gallery
1975 N. Highway 89 & 60 Center Street
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 733-6450, (307) 733-3950

Winter Lace, oil on linen, 16 x 20"

Icons of String Lake, oil on linen, 16 x 20" Triple Glaciers of Mt. Moran, oil on linen,
24 x 36


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