Jim Gigurtsis

Jim Gigurtsis


  I create art that expresses my thoughts, emotions and dreams to create an emotional bond with the viewer.

   My art captures images of everyday life. I create a visual comfort zone by using these recognizable images, but then juxtapose them by adding and subtracting lines, shapes and color to stir the viewer’s visual and visceral responses.

  In portraiture I capture my emotional response to the sitter’s presence. The totality of the image seen from afar dissipates as you get closer to the painting. The view is obscured with accidental marks, unpainted areas and imperfections that represent a moment in the person’s life journey, their decay or re-generation.

  For many of my figurative paintings I use images found in newspapers, magazines and my personal collection of photographs. My figurative art explores the real life human story that these images depict once they are detached from the glamour and context of their original place. Working with the images instead of models I distance myself from the persons and use the emotions that are triggered by the images to inspire and compose the story on canvas.

  My paintings of landscapes and waterscapes are driven by intuition, memories and feelings from my travels. Starting with a blank surface, the composition comes to life as I apply and remove paint. Forms appear and dissolve, dead ends are encountered and backtracked, and after all the chaos I arrive at a destination that is familiar and tranquil.

  My installation art is an attempt to break away from the constraints of the 2D space. Generally the idea for the installation comes to me at fleeting moments. I then execute the piece using found objects or by creating objects from scratch to depict the idea.

   I live in Seminole, Florida, USA. Previously I was based in London, England where I exhibited in various venues across London. My art can be found in private collections across the world.

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