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Thursday, January 15, 2009

New Portraits by Jesse Watson & Reception

You might remember that I am a big fan of Jesse Joshua Watson - local artist, illustrator (CHESS RUMBLE, I AND I: BOB MARLEY, HANK ZIPZER), and seriously real person (and whose resounding endorsement helped me make the choice to sign with our mutual awesome agent).

Jesse is exhibiting his new show, MUGSHOT, at The Vault in Port Townsend, WA (you can see shots of his work in the cafe at Jolie's blog) along with author Patrick Jennings (WE CAN'T ALL BE RATTLESNAKES) this Saturday, January 17 at 2 p.m. If you can't be there, check out his video:

Here's what Jesse has to say about the work:

"My portraits have always been a glorification of the humanity in my subjects. I have painted hundred of portraits, many never even making it to my website or archives. But they were always prominent or beloved figures for whatever reason. Musicians, historical icons, Obama! You know? People who "deserve" to be portrayed. In this show I wanted to give that attention to these people who were in the midst of some real bad days. The outcasts of our society. (Mind you, I did not paint serial killers or anything. These are all fairly mild offenses.) I did not set out to "make art" about convicts just to be artsy. I would have to kick my own ass if I tried to pull something like that. I just wanted to convey beauty and sadness and glory and life through paint."

Jesse inspires me to try to do the same, but with words.

1 comment:

  1. Doesn't it make you wish that if you ever had to have a mugshot, it was ala Jesse Watson? You should see this work in person. Really!