JAMIE PERRY, paintings

February 2 - March 1, 2018

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C O D A  GALLERY PRESENTS
JAMIE PERRY • PAINTINGS 
FEB 2 - 23, 2018
 

PALM DESERT, CA — CODA Gallery presents a new exhibition of paintings by Jamie Perry, running Feb. 2-23. An opening reception, attended by the artist, will be held 5-8 p.m. on Feb. 2 in conjunction with El Paseo Art Walk/Palm Desert First Weekend.

If you sense a bit of Edward Hopper in Jamie’s figurative paintings or a bit of Maynard Dixon in one of his landscapes, you’ve identified two of his inspirations in terms of style. In terms of subject matter, the native Southern Californian finds daily motivation from “being observational,” he says. “It’s little things I notice while driving around that immediately conjure up a painting in my head.” The idea for Painting a Brighter Future, for example, came to him when he saw two men stripping a billboard on a stormy day. In his interpretation, the subjects, under a dark and ominous sky, are painting a sunny day on a billboard.

Though he grew up in Claremont and now lives in Riverside, Midwest settings (e.g., a lone farmhouse on flat land) appeal to his minimalist aesthetic. At the same time, he attributes his love for symbols of the American dream and lifestyle to “growing up in Southern California where there’s so much opportunity.” Jamie further explains why people in his paintings are “faceless,” where the viewer stands behind or above the subject, and why the men typically wear suits and hats and sometimes hold an open umbrella.

“I want to leave it up to the viewer to interpret who the person is. It adds an air of mystery,” he says. “And I like ’40s and ’50s attire, so a lot of my paintings have a retro theme, even though they might show a modern setting.” Another recurrent element in his work is his French bulldog, Ace. The Introduction shows a retro-suited man slightly bent to speak to a dog, whose head tilts slightly as he listens. For the background, Jamie chose a Midcentury Modern carport in Palm Desert.

Notable collectors include actors Paul Rudd and Kevin Nealon, the Boeing family, DuPont, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cobalt Blue Cobalt Blue
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
SOLD
 
Front Page News #2
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 20 inches
 
Cannon Ball Cannon Ball #10
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 48 inches
 
Desert Rain
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
 
Two Views _3 Two Views #3
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 20 inches
SOLD
 
From My Window
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
 
Upon Closer Observation Upon Closer Observation #2
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches
SOLD
 
The Introduction
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 48 inches
SOLD
 
Mondrian Red _3 Mondrian Red #3
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches
 
Painting a Brighter Future Painting a Brighter Future #2
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches
SOLD
 
Traveling with Jasper Traveling with Jasper
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 inches
SOLD
 
Donut Shop
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches
 
The Observationist The Observationist
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 48 inches
SOLD
 
Rest Stop Rest Stop
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches
SOLD
 
Vanishing Americana Vanishing Americana #8
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
SOLD
 
CheckOut Check-Out
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches
 
CoPilot CoPilot
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
 
Facade Facade
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
 
Looking West Looking West
Acrylic on canvas
31 x 48 inches
 
The One and Only The One and Only
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
 
The Wait The Wait
Acrylic on canvas
18 x 36 inches
 
Trudging Over Trudging Over
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches