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JILL MCVARISH INTERVIEW
We sat down with artist Jill McVarish to learn all about her latest collection on display through the end of the month.
903: You mention you like to tell fantastical tales with your art. How do you come up with your whimsical ideas?
JM: I don't usually set out to narrate a story when I choose my subject matter. I'll arrange a scene that may involve some fantastical juxtaposition of characters,symbols and situations. I have a preference for wild and funny imagery like that in children's stories, but ultimately, it's up to the viewer to fill in the back story and bring their own interpretation of what's going on.
Sometimes it feels like I don't find my ideas as much as they find me. I may start with a seed of one or two ideas that may germinate for months or years until that last piece falls into place and a clear picture of how to proceed pops up. They often turn up at inopportune times, so I've installed a chalk board in my studio and keep a list of them as they show up so that they don't get away.
903: The details in your work are quite amazing, particularly with costumes and attire. Do you use historical images for reference or do you come up with your own ensembles?
JM: I suspect that the elaborate clothing in the paintings reflects my own love of fabric and costume. I choose the clothes carefully because they often create the context of the piece, the time period and the identity of subject. I love historical garb and while it would be tempting to dress everyone like a Tudor, I think it's important to reflect the time we live in now and only do it when it serves a contextual purpose.
Jill McVarish grew up in the Sacramento Valley of California, happily ensconced in an artistic family. Her father, a professional illustrator, encouraged her inventive nature and fostered her early creative talents.
Jill received a BFA in 1993 from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she was further introduced to the world of art, not only through the curriculum, but also through the exchange of energy and ideas with fellow artists. She continued her academic pursuits abroad at the prestigious Garett Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, which was founded by the architect and furniture designer, renowned as one of the forefathers of modernism. While in Holland, she studied the Dutch masters and often visited Rijksmuseum to explore the Vermeers, Holbeins, Rembrandts, and others first hand. McVarish now reflects on that time as definitive in the formation of her style, blending her acknowledgment of contemporary and more absurdist art with a reverence for traditional painting and visual composition.
In McVarish’s latest work she delves in the realms of the imagination and dreams in a new series called Bedtime Stories.
"This is in reference to children's stories and the suspended disbelief that occurs when one hears a fantastical tale, says McVarish. I like the term "bedtime story" because it's like a precursor to dream time where anything is possible. While the subjects in the paintings may be slightly improbable I hope they can suspend disbelief in the same way."
We invite you to join us First Thursday May 04th to see this imaginative new collection of works.
OPENING: First Thursday, May 04, 2017
6:00-9:00PM Artist In Attendance
This April, 903 is excited to present
New works by Jeane Myers
Jeane Myers is an abstract expressionist. As an intuitive artist her goal is to be true to her voice as a person and artist. Myers states her work is a compass – helping to balance herself in the world. Art, for Myers, is a personal journey, one of continuous exploration and the daily recording of life.
Myers’ latest series for 903 is part of an ongoing twenty year love affair with paper. Her early work started there, later gravitating to panel and eventually onto her primary medium, canvas. For her latest series On Paper, the homecoming to paper has been a pleasant one.
"I believe change is essential for an abstract artist such as myself," says Myers. "My latest series, On Paper, marks a return to a medium I love while inspiring me to push forward in my style across all surfaces."
We invite you to join us First Thursday April 6th to see this engaging new collection of works.
OPENING: First Thursday, April 06, 2017
6:00-9:00PM Artist In Attendance
OPENING: First Thursday, March 02 2017
6:00-9:00PM Artist In Attendance
New Works By Gallery Artists
Also This February
SPECIAL EXHIBITION: REAL HEROES
This collection of original composed art is in honor of two things that are dear to me: superheroes and inspirational quotes by extraordinary people. Growing up as a foreigner in this wonderful country of America, I wasn’t what you would consider a popular, athletic and charismatic kid. As an awkward boy trying to find his place in a new country, I found solace and inspiration in the stories and characters of the superheroes I would see on television or read about in the pages of a comic book. As I developed my own identity and confidence, my interest expanded to poetry, philosophies, and quotations by famous people. I was drawn to movies and documentaries of struggle, adversities, and accomplishments. At that point, I realized that superheroes do exist in the real world.
This original art collection is in honor of what has inspired me throughout the years and an expression of my creative perspective. Every one of these comic book pages are from my collection as a kid. And this is my way of sharing my story and my inspiration to the public. It is an art collection 31 years in the making.
First Thursday February 2nd | 6–9pm
On display through February 28th, 2017
Works By Mark Andrew Bailey & Gallery Artists
Artist Mark Bailey’s painterly brushstrokes subtly define figures and objects within his works. His impressionist style captures an intimate portrait of his figures and the surrounding environment. Bailey’s cityscapes and interiors (many from around Portland) seem to glow with the energy of the city and its busy urban backdrops. His exquisite figures reveal an unspoken undertone of an individual story within each scene he translates onto canvas.
Featured in the January issue of Southwest Art Magazine as 1 of 10 artists to watch in 2017!
AVIANO 32″ X 26″ / Oil / Mark Bailey
NEW WORKS by JEANE MYERS
Jeane Myers is an abstract expressionist. As an intuitive artist her goal is to be true to her voice as a person and artist. Myers states her work is a compass – helping to balance herself in the world. Art, for Myers, is a personal journey, one of continuous exploration and the daily recording of life. She likens her work to “visual diaries”.
Myers’ latest paintings for 903 are internal reflections of her last 9 months, the ups, the downs and everything in between. These new works masterfully capture a moment in time with the perfect mix of levity, focus and emotion. We invite you to join us First Thursday August 4th to see this remarkable new collection.