Wesley Kimler | 2011 Honoree

"Wesley Kimler is one of the best painters of our time.  Fluent in myriad styles as broad as abstraction to realism, he is capable of convincingly putting onto canvas any image or form he wants - and he juxtaposes many.

He is a painter's painter and eschews much of what's going on in the world’s art centers.  He does not work to appease his audience; he works to overwhelm them with the content, stature and the power of his imagery.  His paintings are often huge - sometimes as large as 10 by 30 feet.  They are heroic statements about brave, or obdurate, inspirational human endeavor, addressing issues of life, death and the pursuit of excellence.

Kimler takes control of his art, his output and his career.  He doesn't suffer fools or the 'hanky-panky' that pervades the artworld - sometimes to his own detriment. For him, quality is more important than convenience, integrity more significant than contrivance, and honest technique a prerequisite for being considered an artist at all.

It is a rare bird who embraces technology, reads prolifically, knows precisely what is going on in remote portions of the globe and maintains a strict allegiance to what has become old school - a painter who paints - one who insists that good technique is mandatory and performed by the person who puts their name to the work.

Kimler is that person."

- Paul Klein

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Tim Meier says:

"Wesley Kimler exemplifies a Meier Foundation awardee: uncompromising in his commitment to excellence and his individual vision."