Recently I have been using oil paint, as well as found objects, and trash. I have worked with oil paint the longest out of these and feel that I will continue to do so in the future. However, in addition to that, I am always wanting to experiment with as many new materials and processes as possible – especially to incorporate into oil painting. I have been starting out with experimental studies incorporating materials, poses, colors and textures of interest, then moving to rough figure and compositional studies on glassine and paper– some photograph, some observation through the mirror, some imagination, before starting oil painting and collage.
Early on I was very influenced by impressionism, surrealism, and pop art. More recently I am interested in dada, abstract expressionism, and performance art, aesthetically as well as in process and philosophy. In the past I worked quite literally and was very much tied to realism, perhaps uncomfortably so. Presently, I am more and more interested in working more abstractly, putting a lot of focus on texture, color and mark making. I have a lot more space for experimentation in this respect, but it is something of which I am more and more conscious.
Recently, my art has become very personal. I am in a way using it to confront my anxiety, uncertainty, emptiness – uncomfortable feelings that feel vague and distant, yet can be distressingly immersive. I think, especially in these times, that these are emotions that a lot of people are facing but are forced to avoid addressing in order to stay productive.
I grew up in Seattle, and continue to live here. As a child I spent a lot of time experimenting with all kinds of mediums. In high school I took my first oil painting class at North Seattle college and completed a mural for my senior project. After graduating, I studied oil painting at the Art Students League of New York for a couple months and lived on an arts and cultural village to assist copper artist Sooriya Kumar and paint murals for the farm. The following year I started my art degree at the UW School of Art, where I have taken classes in sculpture and public art, in addition to drawing, painting, and art history – all of which have immeasurably influenced my work.
"Some kind of love," 2020. Oil on loose linen, cold wax, newspaper, trash. 6 x 7 in.
"Endless, nameless," 2020. Oil on canvas, cold wax, clay. 24 x 1 x 48 in.
JACOB LAWRENCE GALLERY
Art Building, Room 132 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105