American painter. He is based in Chicago where, during the 1960s and 1970s, painters had a reputation for spurning the cerebral concerns of the New York art world in favour of fantasy and caricature. Nutt was a member of an art group called the Hairy Who and he specialized in cartoon-like representations of distorted figures in garish flat colour. Outsize noses on both sexes were a trademark. The poet Geoffrey Young said of him: ‘Nutt has never seen a nostril he couldn't invaginate’. Titles could be highly suggestive, as with his drawing Rosie Comon (1968, MoMA, New York). After a period of critical disfavour an exhibition in New York of Picasso-influenced heads of women, still with big noses, was acclaimed in 2003. Village Voice critic Jerry Saltz admitted that in the 1970s Nutt had stood for everything he hated but that now he admired Nutt's extraordinary ingenuity with hair and, of course, noses.
http://www.artnet.com/magazine/features/saltz/saltz11-12-03.asp Review of Jim Nutt exhibition in the artnet online magazine.