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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