The title of this book neatly summarises Kimpton’s work to date. ‘Art of the Community’, a donnish but selective zeal for art history’s
major players is evident. It begins with studious efforts from childhood that recall Durer’s mathematical precision in representation. Thereafter, certain
couplings of artist and influence are discernible: the figurative focus of Degas, the garishness of Goya, the minimalism of Matisse, the voyeurism of Vermeer.
Yet this work is far from a genuflection to the cult of copying. For equally decipherable is the fact that Kimpton is always looking forward.
The subtext herein, suggests that learning is never complete and that its process of renewal make for a stimulating, endless journey. Thus, from piece
to piece John Kimpton blends aspects of the masters, but manifest throughout is an authentic hand. Effortlessly, form and content are merged within his own
unique visual shorthand.