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New York minimalist painter Phil Sims opens a solo exhibition of recent paintings at Brian Gross Fine Art on Thursday, March 22, 2001 with a reception for the artist on Thursday, April 5, 2001 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Meticulously painted, Sims' compositions are meditative, monochrome abstractions that invoke a spare elegance.
Utilizing hues of unusual subtlety and power, Sims' paintings reveal impressionistic sensibilities. His sublimated surfaces are built of multiple chromatic layers of paint, and are comprised of minute, intersecting vertical and horizontal brush strokes. They form a vibrant impasto of pigment and texture.
In this, his first solo exhibition with Brian Gross Fine Art, and his first showing in San Francisco since 1983, Sims will be exhibiting new works of varying scale and color. Ranging from two to over four feet high the paintings resonate with brilliant, complex color.
Phil Sims is an important painter in the context of minimal art. A Bay Area native, he was born in 1940 in Richmond, California, and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions throughout United States and Europe, and is part of international museum collections such as: Musee D'Art Contemporain, Lyon, France, Malmo Kunsthalle, Malmo, Sweden and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, Hartford, Connecticut. Most notably, over 100 of his paintings comprise a significant part of the renowned Panza Collection, in Varese, Italy.