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1920s and 30s Aesthetic: Painting by Jared Joslin

A painting of a flapper girl in a carnival shooting galleryShooting Gallery, oil on canvas

Jared Joslin is a painter, originally from Fort Collins, Colorado. The artist is skilled in realistic painting, and has a particular affinity for the American 1920’s and 30’s aesthetic.


I really enjoy the way that Jared combines his nods to bygone eras with more modern painting techniques and color schemes. Many of his images focus on a centrally-placed figure, with darkened backgrounds and dramatic lighting creating a deep aura of mystery and intrigue. 1920’s flapper girls are a common motif, appearing with ornate makeup and smooth, chestnut hair.

A painting of a woman in a black dress at a cafe tableCafe, oil on canvas 


The artist’s series of self-portraits is a really interesting look at the thought process behind the paintings. In these works, Jared inserts himself into the roles of various early 20th century personas and professions, ranging from soldier to carny. The artist’s face looks quite at home in these many different uniforms, and the technique of displacement is reminiscent of Cindy Sherman’s photographic work. 

A self-portrait of the artist as a sailorShore Leave, acrylic on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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