January 12 — February 16, 2013
pictures & stories
Robert Jessup’s recent paintings are born of a studio practice dominated by unrestrained impulsiveness and improvisation. In his small scale paintings and drawings, Jessup attempts to circumvent the studied and controlled approach to figuration while balancing spontaneity and gesture. The marks, strokes, scrapes, jabs, and swipes of paint culminate to invented imagery including portraiture and landscape. The end result is a series of works characterized by a ferocious plasticity, vivid coloration and capricious configurations.
Since 1991 Robert Jessup has been a professor of Painting at the University of North Texas in Denton,Texas and has exhibited widely throughout the United States. He earned a B.F.A. from the University o fWashington, Seattle and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Public collections include: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; The Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville and the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico. This will be the tenth solo exhibition of paintings at Conduit Gallery for Robert Jessup.