Charles Kaiman


Charles Kaiman : Landscapes and Moonlights of New Mexico

March 29 – April 23, 2016

Reception: Thursday, March 31, 5-8 pm

Charles Kaiman exhibits new paintings at Blue Mountain Gallery in Chelsea, New York City. March 29th through April 23rd, 2016. This is his eighteenth one person show in New York City. Kaiman has been painting daily for the last fifty-five years.
Born in 1947 in the Bronx to two indulgent parents, Charles was allowed as a toddler to draw and paint on walls of his apartment. As a child prodigy, at the age of 12 and 13  he painted religious murals (6’ x 48’) for the Israel Community Center Synagogue in Levittown, New York. He attended the Art Students League, and studied with Jean Liberte at 13. After Liberte’s death several years later, he studied with Edwin Dickinson at the League as well.
While searching for his approach, he combined his passion for Bel Canto opera and transposed his understanding of vocal production into painting. A collector of classic opera recordings, his studio is nearly always filled by magnificent arias as he paints. This musical quality of his art, the use of sequential pure tones, is demonstrated in his work. His focus while painting is on modulated tonal purity, using sequences of color-value as taught by his instructor Edwin Dickinson.

In 2003, Charles Kaiman moved from New York City to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The monumental landscape of the Southwest deeply impacted his painting, and is frequently the subject of his work. He avoids any artificial visual aids, and paints either directly from life or from his sketches. His goal is to convey the emotional effect of the landscape to the canvas. In his moonlights, he strives to transmit the sense of awe he feels when experiencing the transcendent immutability of the New Mexico moon.

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Recent Exhibitions

CHARLES KAIMAN’S NEW PAINTINGS AT BLUE MOUNTAIN    February 26 – March 23, 2013

Charles Kaiman is showing new paintings at Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City.  He paints in the tradition of the American painters Edwin Dicksinson and Jean Liberté.  Kaiman studied with both of these masters at the Art Students League of New York.  Kaiman uses careful modulation of color-value and works directly from the motif in natural light.  The show is primarily still life and landscapes.  He has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work is in multiple public and private collections.  This is his fifteenth one-person show in New York City.

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CHARLES KAIMAN’S NEW PAINTINGS AT BLUE MOUNTAIN       October 6-31, 2009

The exhibition was Charles Kaiman’s fourteenth one person show in New York City. Kaiman has been painting daily for the last fifty years. He studied with Edwin Dickinson and Jean Liberte at the Art Students’ League in the 1960’s. He paints in the tradition of the master American painters Dickinson and Hawthorne, using careful modulation of color-value while working directly from the motif in natural light. His current show consists primarily of still life motifs. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work is in multiple public and private collections. The American Journal of Nursing is featuring his painting as the cover of the September 2009 issue. He has been featured numerous times in the Art of Nursing section in AJN. He has a dual career as a painter and as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse. He counsels veterans with PTSD, many from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His dual careers give him insight into a broad array of human experience, which have contributed to his artwork’s richness.

He is well respected amongst other artists. The late and renowned Nell Blaine purchased a painting from a prior show at Blue Mountain, writing to him “I was very happy to become acquainted with your poetic work.” Paul Resika wrote to Kaiman stating his work “looks beautiful and full of wit and calm”.

 Website: www.charleskaimanpainter.com 
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