PEN Piner is a forgotten home deep in a forest grove in the hills of Snowdonia, Wales. The quietness there is surreal with only the occasional whine of the treetops swaying in the wind. Very little is known about PEN Piner, and it is slowly being reclaimed by the forest. Jim decided to breathe a bit of life into its memory by giving his studio the name. By adding a little Snowdonia crushed slate to the concrete floor, adding a little patience and persistence, Jim now has a place to create his own “groves.”
Jim Stallings lives in Macon, Georgia and
creates most of his paintings in his residence studio.
Having worked for many years in an artistic, but technical industry, the every day attention to detail made Jim seek an outlet to express his talent more freely. Without formal training, Jim developed his palette knife technique to render his subjects abruptly with a vivid impasto effect. Using a limited palette of colors, he works in both oil and acrylic applying the paint with knives, brushes, towels and even his hands. Preferring to use pure color from the tube with little mixing on the palette Jim refuses to follow some "rules" of painting.
He formulates a painting and does what it takes to to bring it to life. Painting “properly” using specific tools, brushes, mediums, supports, etc never comes to mind while Jim paints.
2012 - GRITS CAFE FIRE
For many years, the home to most of Jim’s paintings has been Grits Café in Forsyth, Georgia. On March 19, 2012, Grits Café was destroyed by fire and Jim lost nearly 35 paintings. Grits Café rebuilt and opened again in February of 2013 and once again, it is home to several of Jim’s paintings.
Jim has been represented by The Dan Goad Gallery on St. Simon’s Island, GA, Hollis Gallery in Chattanooga, TN and the Stofko-Dixon Line in Bolingbroke, GA.
He has exhibited at The Stofko-Dixon Line, the Gallery at Theatre Macon, The Macon Arts Alliance Gallery, The Georgia National Fair, and the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, Georgia, MOMA Wales in Machynlleth, Wales and Oriel Flodau in Aberystwyth, Wales. Jim’s work for “The Bron Yr Aur Project” was solo exhibited at MOMA Wales, April-June 2015.
Jim’s paintings are in corporate and private collections in the United States, England, Wales and Canada, including MOMA Machynlleth (formerly MOMA Wales.) His paintings are currently available at Grits Café in Forsyth, GA, CK Swan in Highlands, NC, The Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, Georgia and PEN Piner, his studio in Macon, GA.