We are huge fans of Jaime Brett Treadwell at this magazine. He has been featured in our print edition and also showcased in our New Contemporary book as well. On January 17, he will open a new body of work, "Trick Magic," at Mirus Gallery in SF. 


We are huge fans of Jaime Brett Treadwell at this magazine. He has been featured in our print edition and also showcased in our New Contemporary book as well. On January 17, he will open a new body of work, "Trick Magic," at Mirus Gallery in SF. 

I imagine my recent paintings as a series of invented sculptures located in isolated landscapes or hazy atmospheres. Various sculptures in the paintings employ visual deceptions or illusions, which often encourage me to think about the similarities between painting and magic. Similar to the staples of a magic show, I attempt to incorporate drama, theater, smoke and mirrors, ambiguity, wonder, color, beauty, and humor. The bizarre identity of an invented form and its conceivable existence in space is what engages me in the act of painting, much like how a magician engages an audience. However, in this case I am both the maker and the viewer. In short, I am attempting to create a sense of reality fused with elements that challenge reality. I am satisfied when I successfully present an image that feels plausible, but also possesses an unfamiliar mystery. —Jaime Brett Treadwell