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Ian Jehle
updated: 07/10/2014
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The Theorist (Dave Hickey)
The Advisor (Jan Avgikos)
The Chairman (Ron Jones
The Sound Artist (Richard Chartier
The Gallerist (Andrea Pollan)
The Young Critic (Kriston Capps)
Gallery Manager (Rebecca Lowery)
The Young Painter (Lisa Marie Thalhammer)
The Collectors (Richard & Lena)
Control (Jeremy Flick)
Portfolio Keywords:  portraiture, figurative, identity, obsessive, autobiographical
The Theorist (Dave Hickey) by Ian Jehle
The Theorist (Dave Hickey)
Pencil and Gouache on Paper
96 " x  80 " 
The Advisor (Jan Avgikos) by Ian Jehle
The Advisor (Jan Avgikos)
Pencil & Gouache on Paper
82" x  80" 
The Chairman (Ron Jones by Ian Jehle
The Chairman (Ron Jones
Pencil, Chalk, Ink and Gouache on Paper
96 " x  80 " 
The Sound Artist (Richard Chartier by Ian Jehle
The Sound Artist (Richard Chartier
Pencil, Chalk, Marker & Gouache on Paper
80 " x  96 " 
The Gallerist (Andrea Pollan) by Ian Jehle
The Gallerist (Andrea Pollan)
Pencil & Gouache on Paper
72 " x  85 " 
The Young Critic (Kriston Capps) by Ian Jehle
The Young Critic (Kriston Capps)
Pencil & Gouache on Paper
93 " x  72 " 
Gallery Manager (Rebecca Lowery) by Ian Jehle
Gallery Manager (Rebecca Lowery)
Pencil & Chalk on Paper
72 " x  88 " 
The Young Painter (Lisa Marie Thalhammer) by Ian Jehle
The Young Painter (Lisa Marie Thalhammer)
Pencil, Ink, Marker & Gouache on Paper
80 " x  103 " 
The Collectors (Richard & Lena) by Ian Jehle
The Collectors (Richard & Lena)
Pencil, Chalk, Pan, Marker, Ink & Gouache on Paper
72 " x  148 " 
Control (Jeremy Flick) by Ian Jehle
Control (Jeremy Flick)
Pencil, Pen, Ink & Gouache on Paper
30 " x  48 " 

Artist Statement
During the course of his career, Ian Jehle has met, learned from, and worked directly with many of the artists and thinkers who have influenced him. Burdened by the “anxiety of influence,” and a resulting desire both to emulate and differentiate from his cultural predecessors, Jehle began making giant portrait drawings of these mentors and peers. Combining the grandness of monumental portraiture with the close-up intimacy of drawing, Jehle wrestles with the complicated relationships that we often have with those who are most important in our lives. "I can't say whether what I do is an act of respect or insolence, tenderness or enmity. My goal is simply to end up with an image that makes me feel something close to what I feel around the actual person,” Jehle says.

The artist begins his skillfully executed pieces by taking multiple photographs (sometimes surreptitiously) of his subject. He then uses the photographs to create several small drawings, which, in turn, become the source material for the large, boldly-rendered final work. The end result is a highly subjective impression of an individual and also the relationship between that individual and the artist.

Artist Bio / CV

2000 MFA, Visual Arts, Columbia University
1997 Post-Baccalaureate, Painting, Brandeis University 1995
BA, Fine Art, American University
1991 BA, Philosophy, American University


2014 National Drawing Invitational, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
Flesh & Bone, Hillyer Art Center, Washington DC

2013 Sapiosexual, Studio 1469, Washington, DC

2010 Figuration Today: The Surrealist Influence, curated by Rula Jones, MCA, McLean VA

2009 Penned, Lump Gallery, Raleigh NC

2008 Fifteen for Philip, Curator's Office, Washington DC

2007 Here's to You, Gallery-ef, Tokyo Japan

MINTROP, curated by Carolyn Stubbs, Düsseldorf, Germany Anonymous III, (curator) Flashpoint Gallery, Washington DC Reenactments, Current Gallery, Baltimore MD

2006 Me, You and Those Other Folks, Flashpoint Gallery, Washington DC
Works on Paper, Long Beach Foundation of the Arts, Long Beach NJ
Juror: Carter E. Foster, Whitney Museum of American Art
Andy Warhol Benefit Exhibition for DCAC, Washington DC
Brite Foundation Benefit Exhibition sponsored by
Irvine Contemporary, New York NY

2005 Art Romp 18, Warehouse Gallery, Washington DC
Unlocked: Open Exhibition 2005, Verizon Gallery, Annandale VA
Juror: Andrea Pollan, Curator's Office
The Human Form, Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC
Curator: Anne Goodyear, National Portrait Gallery
Artscape/Baltimore Museum of Art Juried Exhibition, Baltimore MD
Curator: Gary Simmons & Darsie Alexander, Baltimore Museum of Art
Traveling with Gulliver, DC Arts Center, Washington DC


2006 Folks: Taking a Good Look at Ourselves, by Michael O'Sullivan,
Washington Post, Nov. 10
New American Paintings, Mid-Atlantic Edition, Book #63


2001 Leighton Arts Studios Residency, Banff Arts Centre


2006 Who Do You Love, Lecture Series, DCAC, Washington DC
2005 Chelsea Manifesto, Panelist, DCAC, Washington DC