MANITOWOC, WIS. — Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For artist Jim Dolan, it’s the everyday objects that catch his attention. His exhibit, “Painting the Beauty of Simple Things: Watercolors by Jim Dolan” will be on display Oct. 26 through Nov. 22 at Lake’s Edge Gallery at Silver Lake College.
“The watercolors of Jim Dolan integrate the translucence of watercolor with the brilliance of oils,” said Dionne Landgraf, associate professor of art. “He translates the image into layers of transparent color. His work inspires memory and creates beauty through form.”
Formerly from Chicago, Illinois, Dolan has worked in the commercial arts field as a graphic designer and creative director in Wisconsin and California. When Dolan retired in 1997, he became interested in watercolor painting. He attended several watercolor classes and workshops during that year and has been “hooked on color” ever since.
Dolan’s paintings are included in private and corporate collections in California and the Midwest. He has been named Artist of the Year by the Placentia Art Association, the Brea Art Association, and the Anaheim Art Association. In 1999, he was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the California State Senate for his work.
In 2002, Dolan began teaching watercolor classes for adult students at the Rahr-West Art Museum and later at his home studio in Manitowoc.
“My work in watercolor is somewhat unusual due to the depth and intensity of color that I achieve,” shares Dolan. “It also reflects my interest in painting the beauty of commonplace objects, places and daily activities in a realistic fashion. Whether creating a still life, a floral piece, a landscape or a cityscape, I feel it my task to reveal the story within each of these subjects to the viewers of my art. I believe that even the most mundane subjects have a beauty of their own, as well as a history and a reason for being. Should I choose to paint a crystal vase resting on a handmade doily, I feel these objects are filled with the unseen presence of their owner. It is this presence, this history, this simple beauty that I strive to bring to life in all of my paintings. My primary desire is to stimulate the feelings and revive the personal memories of the viewers of my work."
The Lake’s Edge Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and closed weekends. Exhibits are free and open to the public. The gallery is located in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on the Silver Lake College campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road in Manitowoc. For more information about Silver Lake College’s galleries, visit sl.edu/future-students/freshmen/academics/art/art-galleries.
“Purple Iris” is a watercolor piece by artist Jim Dolan. Image courtesy of Jim Dolan