Opening Reception Saturday,May 8, 2010 from 7-10pm
On View May 8 - May 29, 2010

This May, Smithsonian Portrait Gallery finalist Jason Shawn Alexander returns to Corey Helford Gallery

The debut of his first Los Angeles solo exhibition “Mourners Walk Over Maple Leaves”.

Noted as one of the finest upcoming figurative artists in the new American scene, Jason Shawn Alexander creates visually arresting works from his Los Angeles studio. For “Mourners Walk Over Maple Leaves”, Alexander’s enigmatic figures are filled with kinetic tension and languid grace, and he employs a rich palette of ambers, grays and okras to complement their moods. His narratives speak with raw honesty and pure emotion, expressing a spectrum of themes that are as dark and soulful as they are inspirational and exhilarating.

Taking a turn from previous exhibits, Alexander states, “This series of works is the most personal collection I’ve done. All pretense seems to have disappeared and I’m painting for myself. I’m still painting the figure, playing with flesh and atmosphere and paint, but really exploring it with my own eyes. I’m painting what I want to paint and how I want to paint. And I’ve included something I’ve wanted to do for years - large works on paper. It’s a series of seven life-size figurative works whose title, “The Mourners”, correlates with the title of the exhibition. It will be something to see.”

Open to the public, the reception for “Mourners Walk Over Maple Leaves” will take place on Saturday, May 8 from 7 to 10pm, and the show will be exhibited until May 29, 2010.

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