Jim Bird (English)
Born 1937, Bloxwich, U.K. - Died 2010, Catalonia, Spain
In 1962, Jim Bird left a successful design studio in England to live as an artist in Spain. He soon became affiliated with Galeria Joan Prats in Madrid, one of the most prestigious galleries in Spain and beyond. Sustaining a tradition of gestural field abstraction, he described his work as a direct drive approach to painting.
His sensuous surfaces fix a nuanced ground of texture juxtaposed by deliberate but passionate inscriptions of looping trails of paint across light and dark regions alike. In a 1990 interview Bird poetically stated, It is obvious that great art has its source at some point beyond conscious striving, and if this fount is to become accessible it requires an act of faith on the part of the artist to do “nothing” and to allow the dreaming and fantasizing, that least understood part of the creative endeavor, to take place.
Jim Bird's work has been shown in galleries and collected by museums in Spain, England, Germany, the United States and worldwide. His art has also been exhibited at the Basel Art Fair, the International Navy Pier Exposition in Chicago, and the International Print Biennale (England).