It starts with a single tree in the landscape; assigned its latitude and longitude. Then the investigation begins. A transcription of not only the experience of being in and thinking about Nature, but also about the way in which we process the world around us, literally.
From the particular, the place itself: a topographic study involving measurement, proportion, negative space, positive forms. To the general: the idea of the thing rather than the thing itself, territory, light, space, sound.
Then, by subtraction, painting the experience of being there, letting only the major lines and colors of the landscape remain until, like the tree, its significance survives. A kind of modern map of an old world. And like maps, the paintings invite investigation into their white spaces by what they suggest and by what they hide.
Artist Bio / CV
Jill D. Lear www.jilllear.com Solo Shows: 2010 Space and Place, Gallery Shoal Creek, Austin, TX, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, IDGroup Exhibitions 2011 Signs on the Road, Winkleman Curatorial Research Lab, NY NY, 2010 Speak for the Trees, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID 2009 Speak for the Trees, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID 2009 Glyndor GAllery, Riverdale, NY, Arbores Venerabiles 2008 Gallery Shoal Creek, Austin, TX, Paper 2008 Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID 2007 Painting Governor’s Island, New York, NY 2004 Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID, Expressions 2003 Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Paper 2002 Wright State University Art Galleries, Dayton, Ohio. Drawing from Perception IV, Juried by Graham Nickson. Collections Wright State University Art Galleries, Dayton, Ohio Kelley & Maggie Taber Collection, Shoreline, Washington Philip Isles Collection, New York, New York Awards and Residencies 2010 Yaddo, Saratoga SPrings, NY, art residency 2006 The Drawing Center, New York, NY, Accepted into Viewing Program and Artist Registry 2002 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Partial Fellowship 2001 Wright State University Art Galleries, Dayton, OH. Merit Award. Purchase Award. Drawing From Perception IV Bibliography 2003 Marisa S. Olson, “’Paper’ at Hosfelt”, Artweek, October 2003 2003 Zyzzyva, Volume XIX No.3, Winter 2003 2002 Jud Yalkut, “Linear Observation”, Impact Weekly, Dayton Education 1998 New York Studio School, New York, New York 1986 B.A. English/French Medieval Literature Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas