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Jim Gislason  Bio  ·     ·  Exhibitions:   Kings and Queens  ·  Italics Mine and Them That Digs  ·  Rising Sun Blues


     "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.             




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Jim Gislason - Eurydice Waiting - click for larger image

Eurydice Waiting
23.5 x 17.5 Inches 
oil on mesh mounted to board
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They Made Me Whisper

They made me whisper.
Hush.
Hush they told me, hush young man.
“ Love is not astounding, it’s done when click here for more...
Jim Gislason - Da Vinci - click for larger image

Da Vinci
48 x 36 Inches 
oil on mesh mounted to board
$5,900
Jim Gislason - Shadow Throne - click for larger image

Shadow Throne
48 x 38 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
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The Heart

The hand is a resigned thing,
a coward and blind thing.
Like glances in passing,
it's epitaph always release.

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Jim Gislason - Diva II - click for larger image

Diva II
22 x 28.5 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
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Diva

There is no view today.
The view has declined.
  Now, now, now,
  we still have a fine collection of mystiques,
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Jim Gislason - Longship II - click for larger image

Longship II
41 x 41 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$5,500
Jim Gislason - Medallion - click for larger image

Medallion
22 x 26 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$2,525
Jim Gislason - Reveille - click for larger image

Reveille
38 x 38 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$5,000
What is Old in Us      

Go to it now, you forgetful thing,  
leave behind the foggy wood.   click here for more...
Jim Gislason - The Refusal of Charon - click for larger image

The Refusal of Charon
26 x 21 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
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Jim Gislason - Burn - click for larger image

Burn
42 x 42 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$5,500
Jim Gislason - Don Quixote - click for larger image

Don Quixote
22.5 x 22.5 Inches 
mixed media on paper
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Trickster’s Inc.

i can walk backwards and never trip
where the cement cracks and parts
  (only ants brave that journey)

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Jim Gislason - Longship - click for larger image

Longship
44 x 58 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$7,400
An Obligation

She is present, and moves among us.
  In guileless fathoms.
Belatedly, serene, and indifferent as the ocean floor
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Jim Gislason - The Measuring Flesh (Eurydice Baroque) - click for larger image

The Measuring Flesh (Eurydice Baroque)
30.5 x 22.5 Inches 
mixed media on paper
$2,900
The Measuring Flesh

All the animals are moving
in their fine manicured steps;
“A million years ago,
the flesh was stripped from me”.
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Jim Gislason - Of Kingdoms - click for larger image

Of Kingdoms
48 x 62 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$8,000
Pandemonium  

We buried our kings beneath the snow,
walked softly
and prayed for lasting winter.
The fir trees stood click here for more...
Jim Gislason - Prophet's Hill - click for larger image

Prophet's Hill
22.5 x 30.5 Inches 
mixed media on paper
$2,700
Tar

The sudden presence of a workman
explains the smell of tar, which,
  to that point had not been called ‘tar’.

Pavlov’s click here for more...
Jim Gislason - Gaze - click for larger image

Gaze
25.5 x 21.75 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$2,525
Jim Gislason - Jack - click for larger image

Jack
25 x 21 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$2,525
Jim Gislason - The Sage - click for larger image

The Sage
26 x 22 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
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Jim Gislason - Aubade - click for larger image

Aubade
52 x 60 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$8,400

The Authorities


When we were kids we’d sit in graveyards
  drinking rye and laughing,
  trying not to wake click here for more...
Jim Gislason - Orpheus Baroque - click for larger image

Orpheus Baroque
26 x 21 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
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Jim Gislason - The Mime - click for larger image

The Mime
40 x 40 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$5,000
Jim Gislason - Marceau - click for larger image

Marceau
25.5 x 21.75 Inches 
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$2,525
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Biography
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.


Education
1988    Graduated Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver  Major in Painting, minor in
               printmaking      
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
  



Publications
“ Printmaking at the Edge “,  A & C Black Publishers Limited, London England, 2006


Awards
1987    Takeo Tanabe Scholarship

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