Jason Lee Gimbel, Figures & Chairs

July 2018

Art Walk Opening Reception: July 5, 2018

Gallery 81435 in Telluride, Colorado presents Figures & Chairs, an exhibit by Jason Lee Gimbel during the month of July 2018. The Art Walk opening reception will take place Thursday, July 5, from 5 – 8 pm.

Known for his monumental figurative paintings, Jason Lee Gimbel renders full figure works through abstraction-expressionist brushwork and vibrant colors. Gimbel’s instinctual approach, random use of color and mark making pushes figurative work to the edges of representation and, in some instances, into abstraction. These painted drawings break up the surface through a visual harmony that disrupts the partially outlined figures, providing the viewer with a complex balance between the merger of the figure and background.

In addition to painting, Gimbel creates classically informed drawings, often depicting the human figure with the skin removed to display the musculature. These écorché drawings borrow from Greek mythology, classical sculpture, and traditional figure drawing. He incorporates visual metaphors that explore the ephemeral qualities of the yellowing and degrading newsprint on which they are drawn. There is a playful juxtaposition of these large-scale drawings with larger-than-life sized staples, magnets, and thumbtacks. An optical perception is often associated with Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.

Jason Lee Gimbel is a fifth-generation Coloradoan who graduated from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and studied Fine Art Drawing and Printmaking. Gimbel has participated in group shows in Denver, Colorado; Athens, Georgia; Astoria, Oregon; and the Manifest Gallery International Painting Annual publication in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also appeared in numerous shows with Space Gallery in Denver, CO.

The show runs thru July 2018 at Gallery 81435, located at 230 S Fir Street in Telluride, Colorado. Open daily from 12-6 pm, or by appointment.