Every once in a while an artist comes along whose work has a freshness and immediacy that astounds you and invites you to share in his joy in our natural surroundings. Trees, hills, sky, and water exist in natural light and open air, caught quickly and authentically just as they are, and we find our senses refreshed. Kim Van Do is such an artist. He loves the challenge of painting landscapes en plein air (i.e. outdoors) on the spot. He often photographs the canvases so that they fit into the landscapes that surround them, referencing the surrealist painter René Magritte, a distant relative of Mr. Do on the Belgian side of his heritage.
Bio: Born in New York City in 1954, Mr. Do is of Vietnamese and Dutch/Belgian descent, and currently resides in New York City with his wife, Iris Cahn. Their grown children remain a source of love and joy. Mr. Do has taught art and run the visual arts department at the Horace Mann School for many years.
Kim Van Do’s work has been collected by notable corporations and individuals, including: Citibank, N.A., Brown Forman, American Express, Minneapolis, Cargill International, Triangle Industries, Johnson & Johnson, and Reader’s Digest, to name a few. He is also represented by Windham Fine Arts Gallery in the Catskill Mountains, Windham, NY., a location near many of Mr. Do’s painting sites. For much of our nation's history, the Catskill Mountains were the wild portion of our country, at least until the railroads opened up the West. Mr. Do paints in the tradition of the great nineteenth century artists Frederick Church and Asher B. Durand.
'Rensallearville View' Oil painting, photographed on artist's easel at original site, Kim Do
'Saw Fields' Oil painting on sawblade, juxtaposed over original view, Kim Do
'Road near Windham Turn Sign' Oil painting on canvas, resting on artist's easel at original site, Kim Do
'Stony Clove' Oil painting on canvas, resting on artist's easel at original site, Kim Do
'Hudson River Road' Oil painting on canvas, resting on artist's easel at original site, Kim Do