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Jack Walls
Goldilocks: Colorful Abstract Geometric Painting with Hand-Stitched Canvas

2018

$4,500

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Colorful abstract, geometric painting on hand-stitched canvas painted with vivid hues of red, orange, yellow and purple with accents of blue, green and pink “Goldilocks vs. The Three Bears”, painted by Jack Walls in 2018 15 x 15inches, ready to hang as is Signed, verso This abstract painting was made by Hudson, NY based artist, Jack Walls in 2018. The work is part of the artist's 'Poems' series, which comprises of brightly colored pieces of hand stitched canvas that are coupled with intriguing titles to evoke stories within each composition. Canvas cut-outs are first hand stitched and then painted with gesso and opaque layers of colorful acrylic. 'Goldilocks vs. The Three Bears ' is composed with abstract color blocks of bright red, orange, burnt yellow, and purple with contrasting accents of blue, green, gray and pink acrylic paint. The surface has some slight texture due to the hems of the hand stitched canvas. The artist’s signature is located on the back. About the series: Chicago born artist, Jack Walls, will exhibit a selection of paintings from two series that he completed in Hudson, NY between 2016 - 2019. Negatives is a series of abstracted black and white portraits painted on hand-stitched cotton canvas. The knobby, stitched seams interplay with dynamic black line work to comprise Contemporary renderings of faces with names like “Sampson”, “Asop” and “Romulus”. While the underlying “patchwork” foundation of the latest paintings in the series Poems remains the same, Walls’ complete departure from representation gives the new work a voice all its own. As an ode to his other creative passion, poetry, Walls pairs illustrative titles with each piece, lending a story to the compositions of bold color blocks. About the artist: Chicago-born artist Jack Walls has been a vital part of the New York art world for over 30 years. While his visual artwork primarily focuses on painting and collage, Mr. Walls is a writer, poet and performer. In his early years in New York, he met and lived as a couple with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. This relationship lasted until Mapplethorpe’s untimely death in 1989. Since then, Walls has become a source of inspiration for a new generation of young artists. Ryan McGinley, Dan Colen, and the late Dash Snow, to mention a few, have acknowledged Walls’ influence. Jack Walls lives and works in Hudson, New York. Painter and poet Jack Walls is considered an ‘inside outsider’ when it comes to his own art making. Working across all mediums including drawing, photo collage, poetry and painting, each work is discovered via Mr. Walls’ personal patterns and discipline. Successful themes are repeated and refashioned as he navigates from one series to the next. The overall effect culminates into a narrative that is at once cohesive while punctuating his personal style. “HEADS”, a color series of cubist heads inspired by a collection of African carvings debuted at Glenn Horowitz Gallery in New York City in 2014 and later at the Basilica in Hudson, NY. With approximately 75 paintings in the series, Mr. Walls has moved on, but the core theme lives on. A new series, “NEGATIVES”, is a reductive revision of these inspired heads. Surfaces are stitched together from bits and pieces of canvas before gessoed and painted in black and white. The heads themselves have become more abstracted and gestural in nature, retaining Contemporary characteristics such as crooked lips and off-centered eyes.

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