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Biography - Kimbal Warren

Artist Statement Art is the personality of one’s inner self. Without that understanding, one cannot create. My art reveals how I think, feel, see, understand and even experience life. The art process is a true awareness of one’s surroundings. Painting is a constant and spiritual development of problem solving. I find that I am protective of my art because it is personal to me. A good piece of art should become personal to the viewer. I paint what I see. My passion is to visit new places and capture them in the paintings I do. I hope to convey what I have seen and felt to others so that the pieces become a treasure to the owner. I wish you luck in finding your personal favorite. Kimbal About the Artist Kimbal Warren grew up in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah. As a young boy, he discovered that he could draw most things better than his peers. And that he would rather draw than do about anything else. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1978. Some of his early odd jobs that helped support his young family and his painting included mechanic, window washer, truck driver, horse wrangler, hay hauler, tail twister, and furrier. Served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1971 to 1978. He has been a full-time freelance painter for over three decades. He is married to Gayle Christensen Warren. His studio and residence is in Mapleton, Utah at the base of Hobble Creek Canyon. They have one daughter (Jennifer & Eric Hansen) and four horses. The horses have been a way for him to photograph and sketch areas that most do not see. He regularly packs his animals with a week’s worth of gear and grub and heads out for some of his favorite places to paint…the Wind River Mountain Range in Wyoming, the Uintah Mountain Range in Utah, or the many canyons in southern and eastern Utah. Kimbal is no stranger to adventure. (See Kimbal’s blog for his story on one such adventure) He has also been an avid hiker, climbing to the top of the Grand Teton in Wyoming, hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and many places in between. Kimbal and his wife, Gayle, have had the opportunity to travel. Kimbal has painted and sketched throughout the U.S. and in China, Russia, England, Germany, Italy, Sicily, Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Mexico, Western and Eastern Caribbean, Greece, Malta, and France. Affiliations Board of Trustees – Springville Art Museum – 2006 to present Member - Utah Plein Air Painters of Utah Awards 2008 - Utah Plein Air Art Festival - Award of Merit 2008 – Dixie College Art Show – Honorable Artist Award 2007 – Springville Museum of Art – Merit Awards 2007 – Dixie College Art Show – 2nd Place 2006 – Springville Museum of Art – Purchase Award 2003 – Dixie College Art Show – 3rd Place 2002 – Dixie College Art Show – Viewer’s Choice 1998 - Rocky Mountain Art Invitational – Award of Excellence 1994 – Dixie College Invitational Show – Best of Show Purchase Awards 1995 - Dixie College Invitational Show – People’s Choice Award 1991 - Dixie College Invitational Show – Best of Show Purchase Award 1988 - Texas Cowboy Artists – Best of Show and L.M. Leedy/Resistol Award 1986 - Rocky Mountain Western Artists Association – Best of Show 1979 - Look Out Mountain Art Show – Denver, Colorado – Best of Show LDS Church Museum of Art and History International Show – 2 Purchase awards Additional Show Participation Zion Bank Invitational Show – Salt Lake City, UT Mountain Oyster Show, Tucson, AZ Springville Museum of Art April Salon - Springville, Utah Charlie Russell Show – Great Falls, Montana F. Weixler Company Group Show – Salt Lake City, Utah Gallery 56 Group Shows – Salt Lake City, Utah Brigham Young University – Provo, Utah Deseret News Art Show – Salt Lake City, Utah Texas Cowboy Artists – El Paso, Texas LDS Artists Show – Salt Lake City, Utah Amarillo Rotary Club Show – Amarillo, Texas Miniature Art Show Sponsored by T. Boone Pickens – Amarillo, Texas Days of 47 Western Heritage Art Show Guest Artist – Ranchero Ride – Solvang, California Publications Magazine Articles: Featured Artist: Art of the West Focus Santa Fe The Santa Fean The Ensign Books The Willie Martin Handcart Story Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts Utah Painters & Sculptors Painters of the Wasatch Mountains Artists of Utah Other Salt Lake Tribune, Daily Herald, Springville Herald Painting Instruction Springville Art Museum Provo City Mapleton Community Center Utah Art Guild Women’s Arts Council Group Painting Workshops Private Instruction Private and Corporate Collectors Dixie College Zions Bank Brigham Young University Springville Museum of Art County of Utah State of Utah Deseret News LDS Church Robert Garff Sandia Federal Bank Huntsman Chemical Franklin Institute Senator Orrin Hatch T. Boone Pickens Executives from the Bank of Montreal Senator Bob Bennett Earl Holding, Little America Hotel chain Qwest Communications Jack Goodman Corporate Awards/Gifts Kimbal’s paintings have been presented to many honorees for corporate and retirement awards. Art of the West Magazine describes Kimbal Warren as… “A hardworking artist possessed of an informed will that provides him with deep insight into his subject. Warren is much a part of the actual experience of the landscapes he inhibits, always interested in expanding his horizons.” Focus Sante Fe Magazine describes Warren’s work as…”lyric celebrations of the land, combining a Realist’s exacting form and design, a master colorist’s eye, and a romantic’s sensibility. His signature landscapes are dynamic images, where form subtly pushes the eye throughout the canvas.” Vern Swansen, Director of the Springville Museum of Art, says about Kimbal’s work… “Kimbal is a true naturalist. Nature is too great for most of us, we need interpreters to focus our eyes and fix our gaze. By condensing nature to the flat rectangular canvas, an artist can take a bit of landscape and give us all of nature. Kimbal Warren balances what he sees and what he knows, into paintings of power and grace. Somehow I understand nature a little better after standing before his paintings. As his art matures, he’ll bring new insights and those who have an eye to beauty will understand.”