About the Artist

Bio


 

Inspired by his unusual background, Rod Wimer creates abstract and contemporary figurative paintings in multiple mediums. Working on wood panels, canvas, and paper, he builds multilayered artworks with paint, graphite, colored pencil, and oil sticks. Much of his work incorporates collage elements in fresh and unexpected ways, including handmade papers, wood, dirt, fabrics, and found objects.

Born in 1960, he was adopted by missionary parents and spent his formative years in the Central African Republic. Largely ignored by the rest of the world and ruled by the cruel and infamous dictator Jean Bedel Bokassa, this poverty stricken country has a rich culture. It was here that Rod discovered his love of  creative expression through encounters with the country’s unique design aesthetic, exotic wildlife, and visionary landscapes. His African background continues to be a foundational influence in his evolving work.

Throughout his teens, Rod struggled to overcome an often stifling fundamentalist missionary culture that didn’t value art. During this time, his family made trips to Europe where they always visited the major museums. “Museum trips were part of the itinerary for my sake,” he says. “Viewing actual works by the great masters created indelible and inspiring memories. My life in Africa and visits to Europe  helped me to dream of a different life and drove my understanding that the world is large and beautiful on many levels. This motivates my art to this day.”

After Africa, Rod spent several years in Hawaii. The lush island landscapes, tropical flowers, and vast horizons of azure sea and sky further developed his passion for texture and color. He was inspired by local Hawaiian artists and studied with renowned educator Sally Miller, who placed great emphasis on all aspects of design with a strong focus on abstracted subject matter.

Rod now lives in North Carolina where he works as a professional artist. His art can be found in both private and corporate collections across the United States, as well as Canada, Great Britain, France, and The Netherlands. It has also been prominently featured on television shows including Homeland and Banshee, and the movie Ashby.

Artist’s STATEMENT


The main focus of my work is abstracted multimedia collage on canvas and paper. I love the process of creating textures with handmade papers, fabric, dirt, wood, and found objects. My abstract works employ the use of color schemes, both strong and neutral, depending on the emotion I desire to convey in the final work. The texture of the natural world in the controlled chaos that surrounds us is my constant inspiration.

My watercolor works are infused with colored pencil, graphite, and oil stick. I enjoy experimenting with new ways to add texture to my paintings with the use of knives or razor blades to “scrape” the paper or canvas, which creates a look I can’t get from anything else. I often use them to create “stitches” running through the work which, for me, symbolize the powerful act of healing.

The desire to create strong compositions is my continuing goal. My personal philosophy on art is perfectly stated in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote……

 

“If eyes were meant for seeing, than beauty is its’ own excuse for being.”

 

 

Corporate COLLECTIONS


Original artworks by Rod Wimer used in film and television productions:

“Ashby” film starring Mickey Rourke and Emma Roberts- 2014

“Homeland” episodes 6 & 10 – 3rd season 2013 – Showtime

 

Original artworks by Rod Wimer can be found in the corporate collections of:

Duke University Medical Center – Duke Medicine Pavilion

University of North Carolina – Belk Collage of Business

Belk Inc.

Wells Fargo

Accenture Consulting

Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings LLP – Charlotte, NC

Pinnacle Management Group

Lat Purser and Associates, Inc. – Charlotte, NC

Citizens South Bank

Southeast Appliance Distributors, LLC

Equifirst Corporation

Tell Publishing – Mogadore, Ohio

Mercy Hospital – Charlotte, NC

First Hawaiian Bank – Honolulu

Ronald McDonald House – Honolulu