Color in Shadow

Jordan Casteel’s paintings come at you. There’s no subordination. They are like a roomful of stories told all at once.

One figure hides in his colorful skin; two others iridesce, starkly defined. Sofas riot; a hot mirrored lamp commandeers its swatch of space. No crease of flesh nor fold of drapery escapes scrupulous modeling. Uncentered subjects in scenarios “awash with color and pattern… let their surroundings complete the picture.”

(Jillian Steinhauer, “Portraits That More Than Meet the Eye,” NYTimes, 4-29-20)

(c) 2020 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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