James Jean - Rebus - preview - Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles
This is James Jean's work for his upcoming exhibition at Martha Otero Gallery on Fairfax in Los Angeles. While hanging commences and just about finishes, his exhibition will run from March 12 – April 30, 2011. It's quite a long run and the works will surely impress you in person. The pages that look like drawings are actually prints from his sketchbook. Sketchbook drawings? Yes, mere sketches. Some of the grand painted works are actually borrowed from their respective owners and some are ready for the sale. I've seen some of these in progress but never saw the exact final. It's three rooms of space there's plenty of art. The wallpaper done by Trapeze Editions look great too. I thought James painted it by hand. One thing that's great about the development of James Jean which I'm sure a lot of you probably won't know, is that he's gone away from an illustrative style to more abstract works, but now, it's slowly coming back to being a mix of both. The layer upon layer of work make his works deeper in meaning and feeling. He's pushing the edges.