Long concerned with the physical nature of color, the coupling of Sims’ ceramics and paintings in the exhibition reveals his latest explorations in this line of inquiry. Best known for his monochromatic paintings, Sims has also been involved in ceramics for many years. Sims crafted the ceramic works in the exhibition using a wood fired anagama kiln of ancient Japanese design, using his glazes as an integral part of the sculpting act. Like the complex surfaces of his paintings, Sims combines his pitted, crazed and highly textured clay forms with richly hued glazes to a sublimely poetic effect.
Sims’ paintings display the same consideration of material properties found in his three dimensional works. Formed through the accumulation of numerous thin layers of color stained directly into raw linen, the finished surfaces of Sims’ paintings radiate the subtle nuance of perceptual color, yielding a deeply emotional and rewarding visual experience.
Phil Sims: COLOR / exploration in painting and ceramics
Exhibition Dates: November 3 – December 22, 2018
Reception for the artist: Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 4pm – 6pm; Artist talk: 4:30pm
Brian Gross Fine Art
248 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA 94103