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Jason Froese: Imperfect Pictures

Elliott Louis Gallery
Vancouver BC – Mar 22-Apr 8, 2007

Jason Froese - Settlers #1
Jason Froese, Settlers #1 (2006), oil on canvas [Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 22-Apr 8]

Jason Froese is a new BFA graduate of the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver and has two solo shows and a Banff Summer Studio Residency (2006) to his credit. In the current body of work, Imperfect Pictures, Froese bases large portraits on archival photographs from 19th century colonial history in Canada.

In many paintings, life-scale figures emerge from the photographic field to stand like phantoms before the viewer. In others, shadowy heads come into focus against empty prairie landscapes. Others are headless. The images are eerie and disturbing not only for the subject matter – it is clear the prospectors, pioneers and profiteers portrayed in his work are dead now, with a sensibility reminiscent of mid-1800s death portraits – but also for the emphasis on photographic flaws.


Jason Froese, Claimstaker III (2006), oil on canvas [Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 22-Apr 8]

Influenced by daguerreotypes, tintypes and pinhole imagery, Froese seeks to capture the ambience and imperfection of early photography. Where the language of photography traditionally celebrates light and surface texture, these images feel flat and emphasize photographic deterioration by scratches and dirt. As he puts it, “Painting the flaws found in the photographs that capture these figures is an act that challenges the romantic.” The deteriorated effects found in early cinema also inspire his abstract marks.

Mia Johnson















Jason Froese - Man with a Gun

Jason Froese, Man with a Gun (2006), oil on canvas [Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 22-Apr 8]

Jason Froese - Mallarme

Jason Froese, Mallarme (2006), oil on canvas [Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 22-Apr 8]

 Wed, Feb 7, 2007