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Jim Weaver
Jim Weaver

In my artwork I integrate environmental and social themes. I do this with compositions that remind how the Earth and its environment support human activity. I often represent this support literally by depicting the ground below our feet. In that ground we find resources—minerals, oil and gas; remains of ancient organisms; and the detritus of former civilizations. In my work these are seen where the ground is cut open and reveals to the viewer what is hidden from the surface. Upon this stage are set human interactions with each other and the environment. These can be related to appreciation of the earth, extraction of resources, hazards in the environment, fate of animals and humans, and the relationships among people. The messages in these works vary, but the overarching theme is the dependence of human life on the environment.

Personal history led me to a primary art form:  tooled leather.  Leather tooling is primarily practiced as a fine craft which sees its highest expression in western gear.  I extend it by expressing contemporary environmental and social themes of my greatest concern.   Then I extend tooled leather further by using it in relief printing.  Much of this is still experimental and the results have often been unexpected.

For more information email  jim@jww-art.com

 

 


  • Jim Weaver
  • Contemporary Tooled Leather and Printmaking
  • Edmond OK
  • www.jww-art.com //insta @jimweaver.ok //FB: Rescue Print Exchange

Galleries
Brayer & Brush, 1013 N. Lee, Oklahoma City, Since 2016.
Gallery at Blue Quartz Winery, Eltan, VA, Since 2019.
108 Contemporary Gift Shop, Tulsa, 2014-2016.
Artists of the Arbuckles, Sulphur, Oklahoma, 2014-2018.

Selected Juried and Invited Exhibitions (2015-2020)

2020
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Duncan, OK, Jul-Sep, solo, 2020.

2019
4×4, Paseo Arts District, Dec.
12×12, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Sep.
Members Show, Paseo Arts Association, Jan.
Please Touch the Art, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, OK, July.
Print on Paseo, Paseo Arts Association, July.
Rocketeer—New Prints from Tooled Leather, Brayer and Brush, June.
Startini, Allied Arts, Oklahoma City, April.
State of Craft, 108 Contemporary, Tulsa, Dec.
We Belong to the Land/Nous Appartenons à la Terre, Clermont-Ferrand, France, Dec.

2018
5th Friday, Pauls Valley Arts Council, invited, Aug.
12×12, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Sep.
Ambiguity of Guns, New Orleans Art Center, Jan.
Art Elevated, Garment District Association, New York, New York, Oct.
Harvest Group Show, DNA Galleries, OKC.
Members Show, Paseo Arts Association, Jan.
Members Show, Tulsa Artists Coalition, Sep.
Print on Paseo, Paseo Arts Association, July.
Printmaking from Tooled Leather, Wichita Falls Arts Association, Summer, Solo.
Resolutions, DNA Galleries, OKC, Jan.
Steamroller Print Festival exhibiting artist, Artspace at [Untitled], Oklahoma City, April-May.
Visionmakers Triennial, 108 Contemporary, Tulsa OK, Nov.

2017
3rd Biennial, National Weather Center, Norman, OK, April.
12×12, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Sep.
Art After Six, Grandview Events Center, Ada, OK, Sept and Oct.
Great Plains Juried Exhibit, Southwestern State University, Duncan, OK, July.
Members Show, Paseo Arts Association, 2017, Tulsa Artists Coalition, Sep.
Members Show, Tulsa Artists Coalition, Sep.
Oklahoma Inspired, DNA Galleries, Nov.
Print on Paseo, Paseo Arts Association, July.
Seven-States Biennial, University of Sciences and Arts Oklahoma, Chickasha, OK, Sep.
The Natural World, DNA Galleries, Oct.

2016
3D and Functional Art, Graceful Arts, Alva OK, March.
24 Works on Paper, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Oklahoma City, 2016-2018.
46th Goddard Center Juried Show, Ardmore, OK, May.
Gene Autrey Oklahoma Museum, Gene Autrey, OK, Nov, 2016 – Jan, 2017
Print on Paseo, Paseo Arts Association, July.

2015
45th Goddard Center Juried Show, Ardmore, OK, May.
Seven-States Biennial, University of Sciences and Arts Oklahoma, Chickasha, OK.

Demonstrations and Workshops
Printmaking from tooled leather, Artspace at Untitled Steamroller print festival, 2016,2017,2018.
Leather Matrix Printmaking workshop, Wingtip Press, Boise, ID, 8/17, Brayer and Brush, OKC, 10/17.
Oklahoma Artists Guild, 3/2017.
Leather Tooling workshop, Brayer and Brush, 10/2016, 12/2016.
American Craft Week, Paseo Arts Association, 10/2016.
Artists of the Arbuckles, Sulphur, OK, 6/2015; Sulphur Historical Society 5/2016.

Residencies/Grants
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, special projects grant, Oct 2019.
SPACE Skirvin residency finalist, August 2019.
Wingtip Press, Boise Idaho, August 2017.
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Education Grant, Summer 2017.

Service/Memberships
Organizer of the Rescue Print Exchange (FB: Rescue Print Exchange) to support animal welfare, ’18,’19.
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, 12 x 12 fundraiser, 2017, 2018, 2019.
Planned Parenthood Oklahoma, 2018.
Allied Arts Artini/Startini, 2017, 2018, 2019.

Education in Natural Resources and Engineering
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Forest Engineering, BS.
The University of Texas at Austin, Water Resources Engineering, MS, Ph. D.

Employment
Santa Fe Railway (80s), U.S. EPA (late 80s to early ’18), Fine Artist (’15 to present)

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