The portraits are traced throughout Jim Nutt: Coming Into Character, beginning with his early work that
most commonly featured odd interactions between distorted male and female figures, often painted on
the reverse surface of Plexiglas. Nutt also explored the individual female figure early on in his career, with
works such as the drawing Wiggly Woman (1966) and the painting Good-bye, Have a Nice Journey!!
Although the imaginary portraits are similar in format, each work is unique and intriguing with rich
opportunities to examine Nutt’s rare technique weighing and assessing forms, colors, patterns, and
textures, as they form into an image. Over the course of more than four decades, Nutt has constantly
refined his line and use of color; rethought and perfected his compositions; and paid attention to how the
work is framed. The frames for the portrait bust series are painted as carefully as the faces they surround.