Jim Gislason

     "Kings and Queens" is a series of paintings navigating the relationship between analytical and poetic modes of thought. This body of work stems from the study and practice of poetry and its kinship with painting, presenting images both visual and written, combined within a single form.

    The potency of metaphor and poetry is affirmed through a technique of 'jamming' the traditional screenprinting method, preventing it from its normal function of reproducing many copies of a single image, and insisting on only a single version. The printing technique is effectively frozen mid-process, the screen itself becoming the venue for the final and single image, as opposed to its usual state, where it operates as a source of multiple images to be widely distributed. This combination of painting and silkscreen results in extremely textural work with a quality of high relief, as well as traditional painterly marks.

    Kings and Queens" presents the attempt to reconcile opposing principles in our interpretations of the world as its subject. Male and female figures are intermingled to represent not only the gulf between the philosophical/poetic, but also masculine/feminine, mankind/nature, and religious/secular principles as well. In "Shadow Throne" Eurydice waits in exile, in "Of Kingdoms" Michelangelo's David, reduced to a logo, stands separated by a river from another logo, the great feline panther lifted directly from  film  rating systems, indicative of 'restricted'. In "Longship", an unlocated "she" presiding over the attendant poem, is translated visually as the shadow image of a Viking sail, while "The Refusal of Charon" shows the ferryman of the River of Woe, Acheron, denying Orpheus forever his reunion with Eurydice.             

Jim Gislason was born in Vancouver and studied both painting and printmaking at the Emily Carr college of Art and Design, graduating in 1988. After moving to Montreal for seven years, Gislason returned to Vancouver in 2002 where he now lives and practices.
1988    Graduated Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver  Major in Painting, minor in
1985    Graduated Vancouver Community College, Langara, Vancouver  
Solo Exhibitions
2010    Kings and Queens, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006    Italics Mine and Them That Digs, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2004    Rising Sun Blues, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2002    The Absent Torso, West 7th Ave Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2000    Flag Paintings, Rue St. Antoine, Montreal PQ
1998    Fir St Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1996    Industrial Ave Studio, Vancouver, BC
1993    Territory Unattached, Artemesia Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1991    Dead Gallop, Gallery 183, Vancouver, BC

Group Exhibitions
2009    Summer  Love, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2008    Unite With Art, Rocky Mountaineer Station      
2006    Regeneration, Arthouse Gallery      
2006    Continuum, Elliott Louis Gallery      
2006    Moja Moja, Arthouse Gallery      
2005    Board, Mesh, and Canvas, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver

Printmaking at the Edge ,  A & C Black Publishers Limited, London England, 2006
1987    Takeo Tanabe Scholarship