(Bio written by Carol Sill)
Vancouver artist James K-M’s prolific recent work is abstract, geometric and metaphysical. Since returning to painting in 2006, his solo exhibitions include Colouring (Baron Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2010), Free Rain Mural (Edmonton, Alberta, 2009), and Cave Paintings (Simon Fraser University Teck Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2008, and the Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar, BC, 2007), with work in recent group exhibitions Paleofuturity (Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston, Ont., 2011), Group Exhibition of Contemporary Art (Baron Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2010) and Los Artistas Magos, (Council Of Fine Arts, Camagüey, Cuba, 2009/10). An accomplished presenter, K-M has given artist talks and panels at the SFU Teck Gallery, Baron Gallery, the Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver), Camagüey Council of Fine Arts, and the International Symposium on Electronic Art (Montreal and Amsterdam). In 2012 K-M was artist-in-residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, Connecticut. In 2013, following a trip to Mexico City, he turned to sculpture.
Between 1991 and 2006, K-M created digital paintings and exhibited innovative interactive works worldwide. Digital explorations were a natural progression from K-M’s established earlier foundation: abstract geometric paintings on canvas or wood, whose exhibition had received critical review in c Magazine, Vanguard, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and Issue Magazine. K-M was nominated Bravo TV Digital Artist of the Year (1997) and went on to curate five annual digital print exhibitions, and co-found the Digitalis Digital Art Society (2001-2005). An inspiring educator, K-M taught creative process, media literacy and digital media production at the Vancouver Film School, Langara College and the Centre for Digital Imaging and Sound (CDIS). James K-M lives in Vancouver, B.C. and has been painting and exhibiting in Canada and internationally since 1978.
- Sefirot, Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
- Colouring, The Baron Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
- Free Rain Mural, 9206 95th Avenue (west wall), Edmonton, Alberta (Unveiled July 19, 2009)
- Cave Paintings, Teck Gallery at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C. (Catalogue)
- Cave Paintings, Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar, B.C.
- Electric Painting, at Cartographies: The General Assembly on New Media Art, Ex-Centris Complex, Montréal, Québec
- Modern Abstract Paintings, Moon Base Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
- Recent Paintings, The Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, B.C.
- Life Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
- Geo, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
- Coloured On A Flat, grunt gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
- New Abstraction, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, B.C. (Catalogue)
- Paintings/Drawings, Unit/Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
- 12 Paintings, Flavio Belli Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
- West Meets East, The Pataphysical Paintings of James K-M and Synn Kune Loh, CCC Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
- Paleofuturity, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston, Ontario
- Group Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Baron Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
- Los Artistas Magos, Council Of Fine Arts, Camagüey, Cuba (Catalogue)
- M.I.A.D. Venado Tuerto 2006, International Exhibition of Digital Art, Santa Fe, Argentina
- IV 2006, International Conference on Information Visualization London, England http://www.graphicslink.co.uk/
- CGIV 2006, International Conference on Computer Graphics, Image and Visualization, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, http://www.graphicslink.co.uk/
- Field of Vision: Extremes, Institute for New Media, Frankfurt a.M., Germany
- Digitalis: Patterns: An Exhibition of Digital Print, New Forms Festival, Video In,
Vancouver, B.C. (Curated)
- Digitalis: Ethno Techno: An Exhibition of Digital Print, New Forms Festival, The Electra Building, Vancouver, B.C. (Curated)
- VIDFEST (Vancouver International Digital Festival), Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, B.C.
- Digitalis: Urban Poetry, The Interurban, Vancouver, B.C. (Curated)
- Digitalis: The Spiritual in Digital Art, Evergreen Cultural Centre Art Gallery, Coquitlam, B.C. (Curated)
- Inter[sec/ac]tion, New Forms Festival, Roundhouse Cultural Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
- Digitalis, Moon Base Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. (Curated)
- Takeover, Ars Electronica 2001, Linz, Austria
- d>art01, City Exhibition Space, Sydney, Australia
- WRO 01, 9th International Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland
- 8th New York Digital Salon, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid and Gijon, Spain
- 8th New York Digital Salon, Visual Arts Museum, New York, N.Y.
- FILE (Electronic Language International Festival), Museum of Image and of Sound (MIS), São Paulo, Brazil
- The International Festival of New Film, Split, Croatia
- Hack: An Art Exhibit of the Underbelly of New Media , InterAccess / newMedia99, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario
- Small Worlds, Moon Base Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
- Digital Investigations, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.
- The International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA’95), Montréal, Québec
- Call of the Wild, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alberta
- Bit.Movie 95, Computer Art Festival, Riccione, Italy
- Digit’95, Tokyo, Japan
- The Other Painting, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario
- The Other Painting, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
- Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
- Urbanarium, 1740 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C.
- Duende II, Carnegie Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
- Me, Me, Me! A Self Portrait Show, Unit/Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
- The October Show, 1078 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, B.C.
- Gambado Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
- Under Thirty Exhibition, Klee Wyck Art Centre, West Vancouver, B.C.
- Artist-in-Residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, Connecticut
- Public presentations at the Baron Gallery, Vancouver, BC: Where Does Art Come From?, and The Contemporary Pictograph
- Public presentation of Electric Living in Canada at the International Video Art Festival, Camagüey, Cuba
- Public presentation at Simon Fraser University: Is There Anything Old Here?: Kafka, McLuhan, Mondrian and Me
- Panel moderator for Only the Traditionalist Can Be Radical: Digital Print Now, and Popular Culture and the Primal: Getting to a Place That We Can’t See, at the New Forms Festival ’05, the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, B.C.
- Panelist for New Lamps for Old: New Painting, Cinema and Print, at the New Forms Festival ’04, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.