Project Description

b. 1942, Elgin, OK

Jim Waid creates abstract worlds saturated with color, layered with mark, filled with rhythm and movement, and intricately textured.  His canvases barely contain the landscape painted upon them; lush with growth they invite the viewer to explore the space.  The artist said of his work, “I don’t want the paintings to be like you’re looking at a landscape.  I want them to feel like you’re in it.”  Initially the paintings seem nonrepresentational, however, they slowly reveal themselves to be made up of organic textures, abstracted natural forms, and the desert landscape.   They convey a sense of nature, without the specificity of traditional landscape painting.

He is considered one of Arizona’s most celebrated painters and is included in the public collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Denver Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, NM; Palm Springs Desert Museum; Tucson Museum of Art; Phoenix Art Museum; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Arizona State University Art Museum; Indiana University Art Museum in Bloomington, as well as numerous other museums and corporations.  Jim Waid currently lives and works in Tucson, Arizona.

EDUCATION
1971 MFA, University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona
1965 BFA, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Terra Incognita, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2015 Natural Orders, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO
2015 Jim Waid, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2014 Threshold, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2013 Full Spectrum, William Have Gallery, Denver, CO
2013 Altered Scapes: Paintings by Jim Waid, Prescott College Art Gallery at Sam Hill Warehouse, Prescott, AZ
2012 Jim Waid: Recent Paintings, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011 Songlines, Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2008 Botanical Improvisations: Jim Waid Works on Paper, Temple of Music and Art, Tucson, AZ
2006 The View from Here: New Works by Jim Waid, Riva Yares Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2006 Jim Waid: Paintings, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005 Jim Waid: Aviary – Sanctuary, Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2003 Jim Waid: Works on Paper, Terry Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2002 Jim Waid: New Work, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
2001 Groundwork: Drawings by Jim Waid, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2000 Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL
2000 Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO
1999 Jim Waid: Organic Tapestries, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM
1999 Natural Abstractions: The Art of Jim Waid, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
1998 Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
1998 Jim Waid: Gardens – Real and Imagined, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Jim Waid: Natural Elements, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
1997 Pastels and Monotypes, The Temple of Music and Art, Tucson, AZ
1995 Riva Yares Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1995 Milagros Contemporary Art, San Antonio, TX
1994 Black and White: The Botany Lessons, Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1992 Stephen Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY
1991 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990 Boulder Visual Arts Center, Boulder, CO
1990 Linda Durham Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1988 Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1986 Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1985 Johnson Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
1985 University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
1982 Adam L. Gimbel Gallery, New York, NY
1978 Maggie Kress Gallery, Taos, NM
1977 Arizona Artists Series: Jim Waid, Paintings and Drawings, sponsored by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Humanities, toured Arizona

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Livin’ Large: Works from the 1980’s, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2014 An Unfolding Legacy, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2014 Paper/Works, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2014 Winter Blues, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2013 Natural Seductions: Paintings by Jim Waid, Jame Abrams, and Robert Cocke, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2013 Wild, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2013 Art & Environment, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM
2013 Western, not WESTERN, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO
2012 Thinking New Mexico: 2012 Art Centennial, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
2012 Collecting Arizona, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
2011 Family Ties, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ
2010 Check Up: Recent Additions to the MOTTU Art Collection 2005-2010, Museum of Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX
2010 Entering the Mainstream: Lithography of the 20th Century, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2009 Entering the Mainstream: Lithography of the 20th Century, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2009 Art + Design: Etherton Invites, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2009 Paintings @ Large, Phoenix Airport Museum, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix, AZ
2008 Big Stuff: Works from the Permanent Collection, University of New Mexico Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM
2008 Pushing Paint Around: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2007 The Exquisite Snake, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
2007 Arts Botanica, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
2007 Out of the Garden, Rena Sternberg Gallery, Glencoe, IL
2006 Painting, Alive and Well! Eight Master Artists, University of New Mexico Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM
2006 Loose Borders: Paintings Mediating Abstraction and Representation, Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Flora et Fauna, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
2004 Out of the Blues, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004 Making the Scene, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2003 Theater of Art, Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2003 Scape of the Land, Sisson Art Gallery, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan
2001 Prints and Plants, Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2000 Images of Nature, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2000 Inaugural Exhibition, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL
2000 Green Woods and Crystal Waters: The American Landscape Tradition, The Phil Brook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
1998 Tribute: 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1998 Primary Colors, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 A Theatre of Art, Riva Yares Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1997 A Gift of Vision: The William A. And Susan S. Small Collection, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
1997 Gold and Silver, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996 A Gift of Vision: The William A and Susan S Small Collection, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
1996 Surfaces: Selected Gifts from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William A Small, Jr, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
1995 Paint and Paper, Rosenberg/Kaufman Gallery, New York, NY 1995 Quartet: Four Artists in Monotype, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
1995 The Language of Art: Res Ipsa Loquitor, New York County Lawyers Association, New York, NY
1995 The Landscape: Seven Painters, Arizona State University West Art Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
1995 Creative Collecting: Gifts from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Small Jr., Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
1994 Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
1994 Arizona on Paper, Galleria Mesta Bratislvy, Bratislava, Slovakia
1992 Abstraction, Eve Mannes Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1991 Rocky Mountain National Park 75th Anniversary Exhibition, Boulder Fine Arts Center, Boulder, CO; University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming; Pueblo Art Center, Pueblo, CO
1990 Painting Divergence, New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces, NM
1989 American Pastels- Recent Acquisitions, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
1989 Drawings, Members Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1988 Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
1987 Pastel Anthology II, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York, NY
1987 Phoenix Biennial, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
1986 Empowered Painting, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
1984 Six Artists, David Olenick Fine Arts, New York, NY
1983 Santa Fe Festival of the Arts- Four State Survey, Santa Fe, NM
1981 1981 Four Corners States Biennial, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
1979 First Western States Biennial, sponsored by the Western States Arts Foundation, Selected Exhibition Itinerary: Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport, CA.
1979 New Artists in New York, Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY
1978 New Artists in New York, Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY
1978 20 Arizonans, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
1978 1978 Southwestern Biennial, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
1977 35th Corcoran Biennial of American Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1975 L.A. #1, Museum of Science and Industry, Los Angeles, CA
1973 Four Corners Annual, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

COLLECTIONS
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
J.P. Morgan Guaranty Trust Co., New York, NY
IBM, Montvale, NJ
Prudential Insurance Co., Chicago, IL
Phelps Dodge Corporation, Phoenix, AZ
McDonalds Corporation, Chicago, IL
Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Atlanta, GA
MGM Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN
Oklahoma State Collection, Oklahoma City, OK
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
Superior Court Art Trust, Washington, D.C.

Art ltd – “Threshold: New Works” at Bentley Gallery
Viewing a Jim Waid abstract painting can be an almost decadent experience. There is a tendency to linger in front of it, the better to gaze at the lushly colored suggestions of insects and flora, and to drink in the exuberant forms, patterns and textures. Waid parlays that exuberance into large-scale works, which were lavishly on display at Bentley’s spacious, restored red-brick warehouse.

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