Kimbal Quist Bumstead (UK/NL b. 1986) is an interdisciplinary artist based in London whose work sits between painting, drawing, video and performance. Kimbal’s work is cathartic, explosive and colourful. He creates paintings using translucent layers of varnish, oil paint and ink to create visceral body-like abstract forms. A painting to him is not only an image but a physical material object, which embodies traces of its process of production.
He takes a performative approach to making work and is interested in the physical and subjective notions of a journey; the eternal process of becoming, the meandering volatile and nomadic identity, and the act of tracing sensory experience through mark making.
He holds an MA in Performance and Theatre from Queen Mary University of London, and a BA in Fine Art from the University of Leeds and the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland.
His work has been published in various journals such as Arhitext Magazine and Emergency Index and in learning resources for the Courthauld Gallery and the Live Art Development Agency. He has produced much of his work in the context of Artist in Residence projects in Sweden, Finland, Turkey, Tunisia and USA.
Recent exhibitions include Crows Nest Gallery, London; Centre for Recent Drawing London; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland; Espacio Gallery, London and Griffin Gallery, London.