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CARLA JEROME
March 28 – April 21, 2018

 

In her recent series of abstract paintings Carla Jerome continues her impeccable handling of expressionist brushwork and the elegant use of charcoal lines for which she is known.  Her compositions offer hints of landscape, architecture, interiors and figures, yet in these newest works Jerome confidently shifts from figurative imagery to an exploration of how her ideas translate in the territory of abstract painting.  Jerome has a unique color sense of muted earth tones that are often painted in blocks of color washes.  She uses charcoal line drawing to guide the viewer’s eyes around the canvas, suggesting simple forms or directing our attention to certain details.  Jerome’s natural sense of color, line and composition always shines through no matter which direction she chooses to explore.

Jerome writes of her latest work, “I have always admired artists who challenge themselves and embrace change. They have given me courage to shift to a more conceptual style.  My current work is an abstraction of the figurative work I have done in the past.  The inspiration is constant, as is a fluid use of line and shape which attract and repel each other like magnets.  Paint and charcoal interact and build layers until suddenly, the painting is complete.

“My goal is to allow the viewer to an opportunity to derive personal meaning and access to my art. I try not to let my work to dictate a particular response.”

Carla Jerome received a B.A. in art from the University of Southern California and also studied architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

 

Untitled, 2018, acrylic & charcoal on canvas, 36 x 48
Untitled, 2018, acrylic & charcoal on canvas, 36 x 48"

 

 

 

 

Untitled, 2018, acrylic & charcoal on canvas, 30 x 40”
Untitled, 2018, acrylic & charcoal on canvas, 30 x 40"


 

 

Untitled, 2018, acrylic & charcoal on canvas, 36 x 48"
Untitled,, 2018, acrylic & charcoal on canvas, 36 x 48"
Untitled, 2018, acrylic & charcoal on canvas, 36 x 48
Untitled,, 2018, acrylic & charcoal on canvas, 36 x 48

 

 

 

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