Wayne Kimball, a retired BYU professor, is a master of a dying art form known as lithography. His work has been exhibited in all 50 states and throughout Europe.
When you arrive at Wayne Kimball’s Springville home, you expect Andy Warhol; you get Fred MacMurray. The man who greets you at the door, dressed in khakis and a plaid shirt, is tall, welcoming and soft-spoken. Instead of eccentric, you get Man Next Door.
There are grandchildren playing on the floor inside, and his wife is resting in a chair. Kimball is the father of eight children and an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who served a two-year church mission in his youth. You'd never know it from his art, which is certainly not what you think of when you picture Mormon art.
His renderings are incredibly detailed, colorful, dreamlike collages that feature oddly juxtaposed images: horse heads and ancient statuary and leopard rugs and floating hands and potted plants and heads on a pole and a wooden chair and birds. They are tapestries of puzzles.