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Jack Walls
Cyril (Black & White Abstracted Portrait on Hand Stitched Canvas)

2015-2016

$5,200

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gesso and acrylic on stitched canvas 28 x 28 inches unframed CYRIL is one painting in a series of black and white works that are painted on pieces of raw canvas that have been hand-stitched together by the artist. The gestural lines and primitive qualities are inspired by the artist's personal collection of African masks. The stitched surface is heavily gessoed, adding a unique Frankenstein textural quality to the canvas's surface. Painter and poet Jack Walls is considered an ‘inside outsider’ when it comes to his own art making. Working across all mediums including drawing, photo collage, poetry and painting, each work is discovered via Mr. Walls’ personal patterns and discipline. Successful themes are repeated and refashioned as he navigates from one series to the next. The overall effect culminates into a narrative that is at once cohesive while punctuating his personal style. “HEADS”, a color series of cubist heads inspired by a collection of African carvings debuted at Glenn Horowitz Gallery in New York City in 2015 and later at the Basilica in Hudson, NY. With approximately 75 paintings in the series, Mr. Walls has moved on, but the core theme lives on. A new series, “NEGATIVES”, is a reductive revision of these inspired heads. Surfaces are stitched together from bits and pieces of canvas before gessoed and painted in black and white. The heads themselves have become more abstracted and gestural in nature, retaining primitive characteristics such as crooked lips and off-centered eyes. The downtown art scene of Manhattan in the 70s and 80s served as Jack Walls’ introduction and education in contemporary art. A close relationship with iconic photographer Robert Mapplethorpe further helped to shape his vision and established a mode of operation, one that rejects the antiquated politics of the art world. Mr. Walls currently lives and works in Hudson, NY. “Because of the lack of proper studio space, I work small,” says Walls, “I won’t let that stop me from making art. Work from both series have gained attention among art collectors nationally and abroad.

Details

  • Artist
    Jack Walls (American)
  • Creation Year
    2015-2016
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Width: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2271227393

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