Mourners Walk Over Maple Leaves by Jason Shawn AlexanderJuxtapoz // Friday, 07 May 2010
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.”
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 at Corey Helford Gallery.
About Jason Shawn Alexander
Hailing from Tennessee, painter and draftsman Jason Shawn Alexander carries himself with the air of a Tennessee gentleman, but paints with a raw, anxious style that carries the stylistic influence of Francis Bacon and the frantic energy of cave paintings of the Paleolithic Age.
Though modern in its subject matter, Alexander’s work pulls, still, from the vulnerability, fear, and underlying strength that come from his rural upbringing. Much like good Delta Blues, his work maintains a sense of pain and passion, which steers Alexander away from the standard “isms” that, in his words, “tend to muddy up what’s really important”. The result is something heartbreakingly genuine.
His work has been reviewed in ArtNews and will be featured in the upcoming issue of American Art Collector Magazine, and his collectors are fearless and among some of the most noted in the US. For more information about the artist please visit jasonshawnalexander.com.