Jeff Gillette Slumscapes & Carl Ramsey New Urban Paintings
Jeff Gillette, originally from Detroit, MI and now living and working in Orange County, CA, has for about a decade, been painting works which examine the aesthetic structures and visual patterns of human settlement, specifically that of shantytown style slums in India and South America. To the artist, there is something ineffable behind the obviously chaotic and desperate appearance of these places — a universality of human spirit and a strange beauty which comes out of the necessity and raw honesty of the will to survive.
Carl Ramsey, a San Diego native and current resident of Los Angeles, is interested in his surroundings as an artistic “flaneur,” capturing the look, feel and rhythms of the vibrant cityscape. His works are carefully constructed compositions based on source photographic material, transformed into paintings which communicate a formal narrative of place. The areas which he depicts tend to be poor and neglected, often in transition, and can appear to be lost in time — contemporary and yet wistfully lost or easily confused with decades past.