I began my art career in Industrial Design at Kansas University and received my Architecture degree in 1961. Much of my work has its genesis in my early training as an Industrial Designer. I see found objects as beautiful things and they often serve as my palette. I'm fascinated by odd and unusual scraps of discarded material. A bit of rusted metal or a piece of twisted sea washed wood. They speak to me and tell me what to do with them. It's a symbiotic relationship…a collaboration between the material, the inspiration and me. Art is like ZEN. It just happens. The "happy accident." We listen and we act. Sometimes it’s a spiritual experience. My art training was in the 50's and I was greatly influenced by the likes of Dine, Rauchenberg, Hermes and Oldenburg. And Dada. I guess I'm a Dadist at heart. I love the whimsy and the irreverence, the idea of art being fun and an expression of the absurd, the concept of everything being art. Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray's work has had a great impact on my vision.
Jim McMullan uses his given name for everything but ART - For his ART work he uses HARRY KOVAIR…He studied Industrial Design at Parsons School of Design for a year before enrolling in Kansas University's School of Architecture. Jim graduated from the University of Kansas in 1961 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. On a whim he went to Hollywood to visit a friend and, through a chance meeting he was put under contract to Universal Pictures which was the start of a successful film career. In his first movie he played the son of James Stewart in the classic Shenandoah.
Jim has been a recognizable actor for the past 45 years and has appeared in hundreds of TV series, movies and commercials. His feature film credits include "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" and "Downhill Racer." He has guest-starred in such shows as "MacGyver", "Bionic Woman", "The Six Million Dollar Man", "McGyver", "Rockford Files", "The A-Team","Chopper One", "The Young and the Restless"and many people remember him on "Dallas" as Sen. Dowling…..All these years Jim (AS HARRY KOVAIR) was busy making art.
Jim just recently returned from France after playing the role of Buffalo Bill for four years (1998-2002) in the "Buffalo Bill Wild West Show", a 1000-seat dinner theater production, just outside of Disneyland Paris.
A few years ago Jim's career expanded into book writing with his highly acclaimed coffee-table book "Actors As Artists"- Since then he has published 8 more books ...Musicians As Artists, This Face You Got, Instant Zen, Happily Ever After, Hail To The Chief, Cheatin’Hearts-Broken Dreams, Do It NOW- Book & Clock and Flocks Herds, Litters and Schools. Now retired after a busy film & TV career, Jim as Harry Kovair is happily working in his art studio on the Jersey shore.
Jim now lives in a small town on the New Jersey shore with his wife Helene. They just completed a 4,000-mile, nine-month sailing adventure from New Jersey to Key West,
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