Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art
JIM GISLASON

Jim Gislason
Italics Mine and Them That Digs
Feb. 2nd - 19th, 2006


Jim Gislason - Italics Mine l
Italics Mine l
52 x 70 Inches  
oil on mesh
$7,000 
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The focus of "Italics Mine and Them That Digs" is, I suppose, twofold. Although the images and poetry are mindful of, and draw from the histories of mythology, poetry, and painting, they are also a personal reinterpretation of the various connotations of those images. Dionysus, Pan, Mercury, and Esau all retain their historic significance, but accommodate contemporary gesture easily.

In D.H. Lawrence's poem "Snake", the snake is not a symbol of malevolence but of the secret depths of the human soul, it is "one of the lords of life". For me as well, the snake image represents the most sought after elements of ourselves, the most treasured and fugitive moments in life, the erotic, the sacred, the transcendent.

Likewise, the skeleton images broke from their historic, clichéd content to become for me the symbolic of the poet, that deep-cached and endlessly discreet piece of us that harvests the interior landscape. They are celebratory images of the vital, joyfully undertaking the search for meaning, as laughingly "absolute" as the gravedigger in "Hamlet".

Wallace Stevens, whose thinking is an inescapable influence, used not a snake but a candle to symbolize this encounter within ourselves:

"We say God and the imagination are one…

How high that highest candle lights the dark."




Jim Gislason - Esau
Esau
25 x 21.5 Inches  
oil on mesh
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Jim Gislason - Malaga 30  (ll)
Malaga 30 (ll)
54 x 73 Inches  
oil on mesh
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Jim Gislason - Malaga 30 (1)
Malaga 30 (1)
38 x 31 Inches  
oil on mesh
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Jim Gislason - Italics Mine lI
Italics Mine lI
54 x 72 Inches  
oil on mesh
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Jim Gislason - Them That Digs
Them That Digs
37 x 96 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$8,400 



Jim Gislason - Bed
Bed
25 x 21.5 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$2,100 
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Jim Gislason - Blue Boy
Blue Boy
32 x 28 Inches  
oil on mesh
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Jim Gislason - Eclipse
Eclipse
25 x 21.5 Inches  
oil on mesh
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Jim Gislason - Archaiologia (Tear My Still House Down)
Archaiologia (Tear My Still House Down)
54 x 72 Inches  
oil on mesh
$7,000 
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Jim Gislason - Absolute Jack
Absolute Jack
54 x 72 Inches  
oil on mesh



Jim Gislason - Harar
Harar
52 x 41 Inches  
oil on mesh
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Jim Gislason - Piper
Piper
25 x 21.5 Inches  
oil on mesh
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Jim Gislason - No Sound in Passing
No Sound in Passing
25 x 21.5 Inches  
oil on mesh
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Jim Gislason - Apolis
Apolis
72 x 54 Inches  
oil on mesh
$7,000 



Jim Gislason - The General
The General
25 x 21.5 Inches  
oil on mesh
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Jim Gislason - Edges Soon
Edges Soon
37.5 x 33 Inches  
oil on mesh
$2,300 



Jim Gislason - Hartford Indemnity
Hartford Indemnity
54 x 72 Inches  
oil on mesh
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