RJD Gallery, Romeo, Michigan
January 1 - 31, 2022
"Immersions ~ Revelations of the Soul"
This body of work is a visual journey of recovery, self discovery and becoming bold enough to step into the unknown and find love.
We are all on our own journey of inner contemplations and emotions. We interpret and digest life's experiences in our own unique way, giving meaning to art. At some point, we all turn inward to decode the greatest mystery we will ever encounter: the mystery of one's self. We are all shaped by the world around us. However in these works, I shaped the world around the figures as a physical manifestation of their inner world.
Every piece begins with an emotion I pair with water.
Water can create a depth of emotional experiences. It can gently flow with a soothing slowness. Water can rush and crash, representing intensity or chaos. Or it can immerse, bringing us into a world of fantasy.
Immersion is my favorite role that water plays. When we are underwater, we are out of our element. We cannot speak, rather we take things in. We observe and think. The ocean presents itself as both a potential threat and a comforting shelter. In the ocean, we are perhaps at our most calm, yet we are simultaneously vulnerable, out of our element.
There are many parallels between the ocean and love. The feelings of love engulf us. Love makes us feel weightless. It's magical. It involves stepping outside ourselves into new territory and experiencing someone different from us. However, love is delicate. Our emotions can spiral. We realize that to love someone means being vulnerable. Even if we’re careful, we can get hurt... so hurt it can feel as though we will never recover.
As confusing as love is, it's something we live for. Whatever feelings we experience, they are often deep, like an abyss.
If you'd like to know more about my solo show, pick up the January, 2022 issue of American Art Collector.
In the article, RJD Gallery owner Richard Demato says, "Jesse Lane continues to do the impossible -- challenge, delight, and inspire us with his exquisitely rendered photorealistic drawings created only with colored pencils. Each artwork looks as though it were shot through a lens, focusing and perfectly lit, capturing with stunning precision a moment in time."
On the Cover
That's my piece Witness peeking out from the cover of the January 2022 issue of Color Magazine.
Inside, there's a step-by-step demo detailing how I drew Witness.
Dark skin is my favorite with its bold colors and array of subtle textures. Drawing dark skin has improved by ability to render other skin tones, as well.
Undercurrents is featured in the June, 2021 issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.
The article, "A Time for Twosomes," says artists have long been intrigued by couples not only for their narrative potential, but because their body language.
You can read the article here.
The Guide Artists
ON THE COVER
Undercurrents is the first colored-pencil piece to ever appear on the cover of The Guide Artists Magazine.
The March 2021 issue includes a 20-page article on my artwork, which you can read here.
This beautiful publication profiles figurative artists from around the world.
Hypnosis is the first colored-pencil piece to ever appear on the cover of The Artist Magazine in the UK.
Inside, there's an article on how I created Hypnosis step-by-step.
It's the November, 2020 issue
John Dalton Podcast
International ARC Salon
I'm so happy that Undercurrents is a finalist in the renowned 2021 International ARC Salon.
With almost 5,000 entries, this is the top competition for realism in the world.