An exhibit you won’t want to miss.
Artist reception Feb 8, 6:00 pm (Meet & Greet) followed by the production of RED (see art exhibit page) and an after party for the artist, Mr. Watt and the play director, Jim Kempner at 9:30 pm
Oil & Water — an abstract show by artist Jim Watt.
Here’s a bit about Jim:
Accepted into the prestigious Master of Architecture program at Princeton University where just five students were selected from around the world to study with the greatest minds in art and architecture, Watt studied with masters such as Michael Graves and Enrique Miralles who stressed that architects must paint and sculpt to fully realize and express their ideas.
It was during his time at University that he traveled extensively doing sketching tours of Italy. It was the architecture, sculpture and painting of the late renaissance and baroque periods that most captured his attention and with their dynamic and muscular formal and spatial expressions. The cultural zeitgeist of the time was undeniable in these works and demonstrated the potency of art and architecture as a language of ideas.
On invitation by his clients Meg Brunette and Kyle Lepree, Watt set up his studio on the 8th floor of an art deco landmark in downtown Asbury Park in 1998 and became an early pioneer of the city’s renaissance. His years of friendship and collaboration with Meg and Kyle lead to the formation of The Smith Group which includes his brother Jason and sister Dallas. The Smith Group, and has been credited as a major force in the rebuilding of Asbury Park through their critically acclaimed and nationally recognized restaurants and urban renewal projects. Smith’s impact on Asbury Park has inspired them to created projects in cities such as Jersey City and Burlington where their impact has been pivotal. Watt and his partners believe in the Japanese aesthetic concept of Wasi-Sabi, where imperfection is seen as something beautiful and essential to the human experience. This quality is central to Watt’s paintings and drawings. Complexity and nuance are qualities celebrated in his work.
Watt’s practice as a painter is coequal to his work as an architect. He has been recognized in such publications as Dwell and The New York Times and his art is in private collections across North America and Europe.