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Thursday, March 1 - Sunday, March 25, 2018

Jameson Wells: Field of Possibilities

Gallery: Studio 238
Jamison Wells, Hondo Series #28, 2018, oil mixed media on canvas, 24" x 24"Jamison Wells, Field of Possibilities, 2017, Oil, mixed media on canvas, 60" x 48"Jameson Wells, Hondo Series #31, 2017, oil, mixed media on canvas, 18" x 18"
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Well’s newest collage work uses remnants of canvas rolls, old jeans, random cut paper and fabrics, pieces of manufactured borders, ric-rac, lace, selvages, seams and edges.  The process of making the paintings is inherent in the design of the painting itself, where pieces are added, subtracted, woven, painted or drawn around or on or under, or are actually illusory.   As she states in her artist statement, “there are images and ghost images.”

Her work is built with a high degree of chance in the process as well as silent contemplation.  Wells states, “The paintings seem to me to bring out questions one could ask about “reality”:   what is real or appears so but isn’t, the weaving of events that create a situation, about rhythms and relationships, about thoughts or ideas we have but don’t manifest, how does a mere definition by a line create the impression of some thing (like saying something is so, makes it appear so – politicians for example).” 

In the end she sees the pieces working as a mantra, hopefully bringing the attention of the viewer deeper and back to the mystery, reminding us “how to tune into the small whisper within and the silence that underlies all the busyness of living.”

Jameson Wells has worked in many mediums and styles, including figurative and abstract stone sculpture, paintings of landscapes and dreams, and many years of making abstract wall reliefs in several different series, using paper and mixed media.

Well’s art schooling consists of 4 years at Towson State University in Maryland in the mid-1970’s, studying painting under the tutelage of Enrique Montenegro, who was GA for Richard Diebenkorn at UNM, and Dr. Mildred Zindler for sculpture.  Her work has been represented in galleries in Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Dallas, Houston, Tucson, and in various other shows around the country.

A ‘Meet the Artist’ gathering on March 2nd is free and open to the public.