Jim McVicker: A Way of Seeing

2012, Art and Artists  -   9 Comments
Ratings: 8.83/10 from 107 users.

A documentary about Jim McVicker, a painter who lives and works in the wild and woolly landscape of California's "Lost Coast."

This is the Pacific coast of Humboldt County, just south of the Oregon border - a largely roadless, sparsely populated zone of giant trees and salty little towns.

This film is Granrud's exploration of Jim McVicker's world, and a tribute to his work. We follow the painter as he works in the places he loves: The meadows, forests, harbors, the little weather-beaten towns, and the ragged sea-cliffs of Humboldt County.

The scenery is entrancing, and watching this painter as he drinks it in, and then translates it into his own artistic language, is a joy.

Granrud then goes further, and strives for a deeper understanding of the bond between this remarkable artist and his astonishing native ground.

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  1. Éric

    A beauTifuL man DoinG beautifuL tHinGs.

  2. Dustup

    It was great to see some of the process of how a skilled painter creates what he is doing. Everyone is entitled to do as they swish in that type of swirled, use of photo or nay. He just stated what works for him. Like that.

  3. Lidiana Carrafa

    I was moved at the beauty and poetry ofJim McVicker's incredible work, he paints as i would have liked to paint.

  4. Jeff foreman

    May not be in the errol morris category of docs, but man, is it ever nice to escape main stream TV and watch a quiet unpretentious vignette about some guy whose mastered his craft! I think it's great to simply watch other people work. As the saying goes, I can do that all day.

  5. philip jay rushton

    He's a terrific artist however the documentary itself is tediously repetitive. Some valuable parts including the artist's musings, yet there's little else besides a generic cascade of praise bordering adulation. Okay that's fine, but not the mark of a great documentary. I give it 5 out of 10 stars.

  6. Trevis Robotie

    good artist......i love abstracts-PierLuigi De Lutti any day

  7. Rose

    To be honest, I kind of thought at first that this documentary would be a tad artificial, and that it would contain all the yip-yap about Art, with all those quotes about the beauty of Art, and all that yammering on that seldom makes sense, but I watched it anyway and it proved myself wrong.

    This is a very beautiful and simple documentary. It broadened my horizons to quite an extent. I had always wondered why artists like to paint nature, or still lifes, or people, or anything! I have always loved to paint, but for the past year I have not painted anything I've been proud of. My work always lacked any flair, and I always asked myself: "How can I put my emotions in to a picture? How can I describe my happiness by painting rocks or trees? How can I tell the viewer I'm sad through a painting of a vase of roses or a bowl of fruit? That just doesn't make sense! I don't get it..."

    Also, I could never see what was so wrong about painting from a photograph. Everywhere I went on the internet, from Art sites to forums, they was always this hatred against painting from photographs, and I always thought: What's the harm? What difference could it make?

    When I watched this documentary, I soon began to open up. I saw plain green fields and trees that were all the same color, and looked pretty bland. How could anyone paint that? But when I saw Mr.McVicker's painting I saw that it was filled with life and color, and was very vibrant.

    He then soon said about how people never really LOOK at the world around them, and painting things as he saw them helped show people how his own views and how he felt about things. I was soon touched by this, and knew that there was a whole world out there waiting for me to paint it. I just never knew it was there.

    I was also touched at how he got up early every morning to go and paint, and the dedication he put in to every painting. What's more, I'd noticed that my lack of interest in painting recently had been perfectionism: I didn't want to make mistakes. I was afraid the painting wouldn't come out right. This man has encouraged me to paint fiercely and courageously without the fear of failure.

    I recommend this documentary to anyone who is looking for a reason as to why we paint, and why we make Art. I would also recommend it to any painter whom needs a boost of motivation, and whoever needs a new perspective to look at things, and a new way of seeing life. (Lame, I know, but that's honestly how I felt about the whole thing.)

  8. 1concept1

    Thank you for this doc. Vlatko I'll watch it many times, let it rest and watch it many more times.

  9. 1concept1

    Thank you, a good doc. I learned something very useful! Very seldom do you see a "realist", (I don't like using that word but for the sake of communicating I am), Explain the essence of his process. My subject matter is different and it process through me form the unilateral consciousness, the sub atomic state of Being. I have done land scape drawings that turned out very well with the right amount of recognizable form and spirit. What I find revealing is that his process is just like mine so this gives me the want to go on location and paint! I have the paint, I have the canvas and I have the time.

    I do wish more visual Artist would respond to the visual Art docs. Its way more then not, judgmental responses; "it isn't Art". this isn't important these people are not Artist and don't know they don't know. Artist, "realist" or "abstract" don't have these problems and admire each others work very much. That's how I know these people that post judge mental calls about, is it Art are not Artist. We need open forum to educate ourselves and the general public. It sure would be interesting, to visual Artist conscious people. It would create a visual Art consciousness! And who knows where it would lead from there, MAYBE EVEN VLATKO ADDING MORE VISUAL ART DOCS!