Dams' Realism: solo exhibition of Jimi Dams

We are excited to present "Dams' Realism" an overview of Jimi Dams' ouevre. Known as a mavrick within the artworld, whose art career began in '84 and evolved to becoming an art dealer. An unwavering voice and visionary.

For immediate release


Dams’ Realism

Jimi Dams

June 23 – July 29, 2022

Opening:  Saturday, June 23 6-8 pm


Keijsers Koning, 150 Manufacturing Street, 201, Dallas, TX 75207

Wednesday through Saturday: 11-5 pm



I totally fell apart

Until I realized

You had given me something

One lovely day

And one lovely letter


-        Jimi Dams ’81-82


Celebrating Pride Month and Queer identity we are pleased to announce the exhibition "Dams’ Realism" presenting Jimi Dams’ oeuvre of drawings and paintings, including his most recent drawings which he started in 2022. The exhibition offers the artist perspective on life through various narratives from a youth marred by his conservative upbringing; detailed drawings of clouds that offer the reprieve of a daydream; to sexual situations entangled in humor.  The artist sees life as a glass half full, but questions what the liquid is that remains; an optimist fueled by pessimism.


Jimi Dams’ career began in the 80-90’s as an artist, in the 2000’s he took a hiatus to run Feature Inc under the tutelage of Hudson, eventually setting out on his own and built Envoy Enterprises. The latter a gallery that paved its own road supporting cross generational artists and estates, a pillar for queer identity and artists questioning the norm. He continues to push the norm of the artworld through staging exhibitions with Empirical Nonsense.


Dams graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, but eventually moved to Higher Pedagogical Institute of the Empire in Brussels, under tutelage of the minimalist Luc Claus and achieved his teaching degree in 1984. His first shows explored the punk movement and the underground, which allowed him to work with such figures as Michael Clark (British post-punk ballet), Tom Lanoye, Peter Verhelst, Dennis Cooper, and Amanda Lear. His work was exhibited by Torch Gallery, Gracie Mansion Gallery, Allston Skirt, Aeroplastics, and S&H De Buck and such institutes as Neue Galerie Am Landesmuseum, Graz; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Fransisco; the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield; Beaver College Art Gallery, Glenside; Aktionsforum Praterinsel, Munich; Contemporary Museum of Baltimore, Baltimore; Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Sint-Martens-Latem; and the New Museum, NY.


For more information or visuals, please contact bart@keijserskoning.com or call: 469-961-5391