New 2011 works by Jason Thielke
Head Study 1, (2011), acrylic-transfer-color pencil on panel, 17 x 23 in
Head Study 6, (2011), acrylic-color pencil-graphite and transfer on wood panel, 8.5 x 11 in
Head Study 5
Survivor, (2011), acrylic-aerosol-transfer-graphite-color pencil on wood panel
Natural Disaster, (2011), acrylic-arosol-graphite-color pencil on masonite and wood panel, 22.5 x 20.5 in
Natural Disaster (detail)
White Demon, (2011), acrylic-color pencil-graphite on wood panel, 18 x 30 in
Jason Thielke’s work demonstrates aesthetic elements that encompass both contemporary and traditional techniques much like modern architecture. This style emerges in deeply personal, figurative works, which comfortably contrast hard lines with soft features and mixed emotions. In the past, the artist’s process of drawing, composing, and transferring images has mirrored the planning, deconstruction and reconstruction phases of urban gentrification.
This new body of work utilizes that same process to negotiate the complexity of human nature.
Later works speak to Thielke’s fascination with behavioral juxtaposition within the individual. The conflict between one’s ability to implement self control and compulsion to manipulate and constantly self-gratify emerges as a reoccurring theme. Jason Thielke’s drawings illustrate this struggle with mathematical precision. Constellations of the human experience, the artist utilizes simple, structural forms to portray stark contrasts within the spirit of his subjects – swirls representing natural beauty and positive energy; straight lines referencing intentional thought and manipulation used to influence others. These figures depict the idiosyncrasies of human perception, examining the dynamics of body language, eye contact and spiritual interaction.
Jason Thielke earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University School of Art. His work has been featured internationally in galleries and art fairs, with solo exhibitions in Denver, Portland and Seattle.