Near Southside, Inc. Near Southside, Inc.


Magnolia Village

Block 17

Michael Mimms

Mimms Monkey Room Studio

I am an English teacher at Arlington Heights by day, but by night, when the kids are in bed, I descend into the Monkey Room and draw into the wee hours of the morning. I work in a variety of media: pen and ink, ink wash, watercolor, pencil, and Copic markers.
I have been drawing for years, but it wasn't until my children were born that I started doing it seriously. Much of the art that I do is for their rooms. Several of my friends and colleagues saw my art and encouraged me to offer it to the public. All money I have made from selling my prints and originals goes toward my children. I love the thought that my artistic creations goes toward my two best creations.
I tackle a variety of subjects: dinosaurs, superheroes, spaceships, bugs, robots, literature, and fantasy. Most of my work is presented as a study of the subject, offering a unique perspective on simple or iconic images.
I also do commissioned multi-colored scribble art on-site of just about anything someone wants. I like the energy that these pieces have, making them seem to move on the page.