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Surreal and Sculptural Paintings by Jordan Kasey

A strange painting of a person huddled under a beach umbrellaperson under a blue umbrella, oil on canvas


Contemporary artist Jordan Kasey is a painter who creates surreal and sculptural paintings, usually dealing in some way with the human body. Her latest works offer looks at human-esque forms that are proportionally skewed and off-coloured into abstraction, yet still, oddly and distinctly human.


A painting of a cluster of strange coral forms

We looked at Kasey’s paintings in a previous inspirational post. These paintings with a sculptural bent are stunning – it looks as if an amazing marine or coral ecosystem has sprung up in the head of a mannequin! Many of the artist’s most recent paintings depict figures at the beach, though only traces of a recognizable beach are ever shown.


I find these works really interesting as an exercise to see how much of our perception of an artwork is dependent on its title. Would we ever be able to determine that Person at the Beach, for example, is in fact a person at the beach - without that title?


A painting of a yellow form that could be a person's backperson at the beach, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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