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The Nature of A Line: Art by Jordan Dunlop

A painting with a rounded shape cut out of it3

Jordan Dunlop is a Toronto-based artist who creates abstract paintings and drawings that explore the nature of a line. Each of Jordan’s works acts as a self-contained experiment with media.


An abstract painting with a bright stripe of color5


I really enjoy Jordan’s recent painted works that seem to center on a basic, reduced human figure. Each painting in this series features a colorful abstract background framing a cutout in the shape of a simplified bust, almost like the head and shoulders of a mannequin. The paintings themselves come to look like puzzle pieces, waiting to be connected with another to form a larger, more complete image.


A screen capture of Jordan Dunlop's paintings on his websiteJordan's gallery of paintings


Jordan’s drawings have a similar tone to them. Each one plays with a series of different line forms, from opaque, deliberate marks to more translucent and playful lines. The lack of color in these works allows the viewer to focus on the line art and its intent. In many cases, I find that the lines and shapes have a great deal of personality, and seem to tell a story though it’s up to the viewer to decipher it. 


A black and white drawing with lines in all different sizesto the view

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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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