James Jean is probably one of the few artists that has emerged out of the illustration/street art/comic book world who is successfully transitioning into the fine art community. His upcoming show at Martha Otero gallery is sure to a smash hit with the lush painting, rich subject matter, and amazing sense of color. Show dates, times, press release, and another sneak peak at a new painting after the jump!
Martha Otero is pleased to present Los Angeles based artist James Jean’s exhibition Rebus. For this new body of work, Jean will present paintings, drawings and a wall installation.
The subject matter is a fictionalized subconscious representation of deities in an apocalyptic decaying romanticized setting. Jean’s visual symbolism is composed of an amalgamation of lyrically gestural, expressionistic, energetic, abstracted forms from highly detailed images to freely inscribed graffiti.
“The solidity of the paint belies the illusory nature of the narrative: these excavations into the subconscious are fraught with the misfires, inconsistencies, and contradictions of a dream.” James Jean.
Jean’s automatistic and narrative approach is informed by popular culture derived from his comic book and illustrative mastery. His idiosyncratic language is based on references in historical and contemporary art.
March 12 – April 30, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 12th from 11 am to 8 pm
MARTHA OTERO GALLERY
820 N Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
t. 323 951 1068