Jim Lively is a Resident Artist and Wine Sommelier at LuminArte Gallery. His works have been recognized in numerous juried competitions and publications. He was named to the 2013 and 2014 list of Art Tour International Magazine’s Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art (www.arttourinternational.com). In addition, he has participated in several group and a solo exhibitions across North America and in Europe. Jim has published four books containing images of his art including two novels.
Whether portrayed in the abstract, realism or somewhere in between, Jim’s work is most influenced by the attractive, unattractive and sometimes humorous components of contemporary culture. His figurative and surreal works tend to focus upon interesting juxtaposition of images which share the same canvas. Jim likes to challenge the viewer to question how these images relate to one another. On the other hand, his abstract paintings reflect culture through the use of texture, intersecting lines, color shading and often text.
The latter part of 2013, he ventured into the single most experimental aspect of his professional career as an artist. This experiment consisted of incorporating actual wine into his paintings. What began as an experiment has morphed into a long term commitment to perfecting the use of wine in art. Why wine? Wine and art have for years been intertwined in art exhibitions and events around the world. Who could imagine attending an art exhibition at a prominent art gallery, if wine were not served? Wine is an essential component to enjoying and experiencing art. Jim thought why not take the final leap and incorporate wine directly into his paintings. In August of 2014, Jim thought it only appropriate that he take steps to enhance his knowledge and understanding about wine in general. Towards this end, he completed the requisite course to be certified as a Wine Sommelier.