Headshot Credit – Mike Jon Photography

Ep.138 features Jerrell Gibbs. His work is often sourced from albums he finds of Black American families in the 70’s-90’s that capture moments of intimacy, leisure and elegance. Gibbs highlights subtle adornments found in these domestic spaces, which represent cultural symbols in an era where Black folks created beauty with whatever means they had. He leans into a method of painting that supports the duality of Black people who may not have resources, and yet are active in creating world-renowned culture and style that are both beautiful and classic.

In Gibbs’ work, he asks the viewer to come closer to witness imperfection in brushstroke and color, as well as other artistic choices that seem misaligned. This contrasts to the illusion of a cohesive image that he creates from afar. Gibbs celebrates this dichotomy because it portrays chance as integral to the process of creation, a principle found in the masters of Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Divisionism and the abstract movement.

Gibbs graduated with an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 2020. His work is in the permanent collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, CC Foundation, X Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles Museum of Art. Gibbs is represented by Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.

Artist http://www.jerrellgibbs.com/

Marianne Ibrahim https://marianeibrahim.com/artists/49-jerrell-gibbs/biography/

Baltimore Magazine Jerrell Gibbs Aimed to Capture Elijah Cummings’ “Presence and Aura” in Official Portrait (baltimoremagazine.com)

New York Times Painter of Elijah Cummings Portrait Finds It’s a Career-Changer – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/baltimore-museum-to-unveil-elijah-cummings-portrait/2021/12/08/929458ca-56b7-11ec-a808-3197a22b19fa_story.html

Frederick News Post  https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/arts_and_entertainment/guest-artist-lecture-jerrell-gibbs/article_9412cfde-b3d3-556b-ac92-ce58db9476fb.html

Fox News Baltimore https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/portrait-of-late-us-representative-elijah-cummings-now-at-the-baltimore-museum-of-art

Culture Type https://www.culturetype.com/2021/12/12/latest-news-in-black-art-eric-pryor-named-president-of-pennsylvania-academy-of-the-fine-arts-jarrell-gibbs-painted-portrait-of-late-congressman-elijah-cummings-more/

Full-Bleed We Are Enough: An Interview with Jerrell Gibbs — Full Bleed (full-bleed.org)

Bmore Art Art AND: Jerrell Gibbs – BmoreArt

Art of Choice Jerrell Gibbs Regards Authentic, Everyday Life – Art of Choice

C Sharp, 2021 | Courtesy of the Artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
Oil, oil stick on canvas
80 x 70 in

Auntie’s Wallpaper, 2022 | Courtesy of the Artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 in

Nous Love Chicken, But Had the Duck, 2022 | Courtesy of the Artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
Oil, oil stick on canvas
78 x 71 in

Man Sleeping, 2021 | Courtesy of the Artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
Oil, oil stick on canvas
30 x 40 in