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Eye Candy: Jeremy Geddes

August 18, 2010
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A few months back I had fallen into a familiar trap – I had committed to exhibiting some of my artwork in a group show and I had waited until the very last possible second to begin making new pieces for the show.  My deadline was looming overhead like the Sword of Damocles and I was – not to put too fine a point on it – in kind of deep shit.  The few paintings I had started weren’t looking good, the clock was ticking and I was really struggling with whether or not I should scrap what I had labored so intensely on and just start over completely.  The process was – as it always does - making me sick and even worse, the work I had made was flat-out bad.  During one of the many moments in which I was alternately crying and beating my head against a sturdy surface, my friend Goldie sent me note to let me know that he had found a really incredible artist that he thought I would like.  Ever considerate he wrote, ‘I know you are having troubles right now with your own stuff, so I won’t send the link if you think it might depress you.’  I encouraged him to send the link along anyways – assuring him that whatever I was about to see, I could take.

I was wrong.

The artist is Jeremy Geddes and his paintings are the kind that make me sit back and question whether or not this thing that I do and love and thought I was you know, pretty good at is really my calling after all.  Truly, his art is a marvel to behold.   A tremendously skilled and technically proficient painter, Geddes utilizes his virtuosity to execute some of the most haunting and beautiful images I have ever laid eyes on.  His Cosmonaut series in particular has an unforgettable resonance, the figures – obscured and unrecognizable by their space-suits - float in unlikely spaces and sometimes succumb to their desolate surroundings.  Geddes makes use of his masterful paint handling with a limited and nearly monochromatic color palette and stark settings – yet the resulting images are striking and heart-breaking.  There is something so melancholy about these exquisitely rendered works – for me they touch on very human fears and emotions such as loneliness, abandonment,  alienation and a yearning to belong somewhere or to someone.

To see more of Jeremy Geddes stunning paintings, I highly recommend visiting his website, Jeremy Geddes Art.  He maintains a blog on his site which really is a fantastic resource for other artists.  He shares valuable information and insight into his working process – many of his paintings stem from several, highly resolved studies on a smaller scale (all of which are gorgeous) it’s a thoughtful and admirable process that clearly pays off in his work.

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