Jimi Mckee - stop A
66 Orchard Point Rd, Orillia / Tel: (705) 325-1518
Artists Website: jimi-mckee.format.com
GPS: N 44° 36.079 - W 79° 22.419
GPS Decimal (Google) 44.601333, -79.373659
Jimi McKee has been an illustrator, sculptor and ‘Imagineer’ for over 50 years. He started his art career as an estimator for mechanical and sheet-metal contractors in Toronto in 1959, and worked on the sites of many large office buildings at that time. He would paint watercolors of these projects which were used before the use of the computer to show what the final project would look like. He was fascinated with high detail in the great illustrators of the time. His first show was in the Kar Gallery in the colonnade. He painted over 30 of Norman Rockwell's illustrations. Mr. Rockwell was in town that weekend and gave permission for him to continue. To this day he is still creating acrylics of many of his old friends in humorous scenes. For years he has had a restoration business and repairs and re-carves pieces of art and sculpture. He has been addicted to folk art and is always creating unique pieces. For 20 years he has worked with a partner carving in the west coast Kwakiutl tradition. The last three years he has been near the beginning of the steam punk movement and has 10 major sculptures that he displays in his gallery. This fall he will reinvent himself again, letting his imagination continue to inspire his creativity.