Back in the Myspace days, I met an artist named Wesley Kimler
I often speak of the Myspace days and how much I loved Myspace. I can liken my Myspace days to Picasso's "Blue Period" - a somber time and sort of monochromatic. I spent a lot of time online and I was stuck in a time and place that I did not quite understand. I was, sort of, in between days - getting over one phase of my life and not quite yet into the next.
During the Myspace days, I met a lot of people, mainly artists, musicians, foreigners, weirdos and one guy who worked in a factory in Iowa, with whom I developed digital friendships. Wesley Kimler was one of the friends I made in the Myspace days. I recognized Wesley's art right away, as it is quite recognizable, and I was a fan of his work.
This weekend, I went to Wesley's studio to look at a few of his most recent pieces. I phoned Wesley and told him that I was close, he said he'd leave the gate open for me. When I arrived, I saw a child's pool behind the gate and clutter inside. I was anxious to get inside and see what was behind that gate!
I walked inside and was startled by the barking chihuahua and the screaming African Grey and the Yellow Head Amazon parrots (5 or 6 birds in total). After a few seconds, the commotion from the animals subsided and I headed over to examine the black and white drawings on the east wall of the studio. The drawings are paper and each has some sort of war influence; I was most impressed with the one that was already sold. Wesley explained that the drawings are best displayed in the shadow box frames.
After spending some time with the drawings, and asking Wesley some questions about his work in general, I could not help but take notice of all the larger pieces that were displayed throughout the studio. The bright colors, the intense subject matters and the sheer size of the pieces were stunning. We spent some time exploring the studio before I asked about a painting he had mentioned on the phone the previous day. I asked, "Where is the painting?" And Wesley pointed to the far end of his studio. The painting I had inquired about was positioned under a bright light, and as soon as I laid my eyes on it I said, "Damn it purple blob." I knew it had to be mine.
We walked up to the purple blob and examined it closer. Blobs are Wesley's signature, all of his pieces start with a blob - some stay as a blob and others grow into something else. This particular piece, was just a blob, a nameless, purple blob on a lavender background, and I loved it.
Just to the right of the piece that I have since named "Damn it Purple Blob," was this lovely, hot pink piece. I loved the color on this larger piece. There were many lovely pieces, you can visit my flickr page for more photos.
What did I end up with?
I walked away with "Damn it Purple Blob" and I am quite pleased about it. I went back to the studio today with my dad and my brother and settled on that particular piece.
If you are interested in Wesley's work, you can visit his website or his blog
Wesley Kimler Studio