Two recent alumni are making their solo exhibition debuts this month. James Jean (BFA 2001 Illustration) has his first solo show, “Kindling: New Works on Paper and Canvas,” at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, through Saturday, February 7. Jean has been producing award-winning cover art for comic books for many years, including work for Umbrella Academy, created by his fellow alumnus Gerard Way (BFA 1999 Cartooning), as well as commercial illustrations for clients like Prada, Rolling Stone and Target. In 2007, he shifted his focus to painting, and “Kindling” represents the first major gathering of Jean’s fine-art work. The works in the show retain the dream-like quality of Jean’s comic-book illustrations and expand his signature style to larger formats and more surreal subjects.
Also, recent graduate Jenny Morgan (MFA 2008 Fine Arts) makes her New York City solo debut with “Jenny Morgan: Abrasions,” a selection of the artist’s latest figurative oil paintings, at Like the Spice, 224 Roebling Street in Brooklyn. Morgan’s canvases typically feature close-up faces or nude figures that retain their natural blemishes, scrapes and other imperfections. “Abrasions” is on view through Sunday, February 8.
Image: James Jean, Hive, 2008.
January 16, 2009