"Places Faces and Flowers"
January 2 – February 28, 2015
Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery
“The sum of its parts”
One is what one does, or in some cases, thinks he does. The following fragmentations of events or accomplishments go to the sum of who I am...an artist, inventor, and real estate developer.
I used to think this was such an odd mix, that I was nearly apologetic when asked, “And what do you do?” But here’s how it happened.
In the third grade I was considered the resident school artist. Teachers would have me draw all sorts of animal (Bambi) murals on walls covered in white butcher paper for the other students to color in. To this day, (if she is still alive) I believe Mrs. Shaffer, my fourth grade teacher, has that pastel drawing of a rooster I did, hanging over her breakfast table.
As an inventor, I have had numerous patent searches made as well as various prototypes built for: interlocking brick designs, an electric powered paint brush cleaner, and the “Wonder Weeder,” a garden implement. I do have a design patent on the latter, but it has eluded production. As a real estate developer, I have developed numerous residential and commercial subdivisions in the Dallas area, as well as several shopping centers, and this has been my livelihood over the years.
I feel that all of the above have contributed to my artistic endeavors. My innovative nature is reflected in my work, and I tend to be somewhat experimental. For me, a cut out stencil, a pasted collage, a shot of spray-paint, a smear of pigment: these begin the visual process in my work. I think back to Texas (U.T. Austin) and teachers like Vincent Mariani, Michael Frary and William Lester, and try to recall the rules of composition and color, in order to resolve the work as I see it.
Since I bought my etching press in 2002, my art has taken a new direction. I find myself migrating from past abstractions to more representational work demonstrated in monotypes, linocuts, solar plate etchings and drypoint etchings, both intaglios and reliefs.
Just like every element is made of so many smaller particles, every person is a sum of so many different events, life changing experiences, accomplishments and failures.
Jerome (Jerry) Skibell
Montserrat Contemporary Art Gallery, New York, New York