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Jude Griebel: The Maybe People

Bau-Xi Gallery
Vancouver BC – Feb 7-21, 2009

Jude Griebel, A young man as a puddle

Jude Griebel, A young man as a puddle (2008), oil on canvas [Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 7-2]

Jude Griebel, Suspended and empty

Jude Griebel, Suspended and empty (2008), oil on canvas [Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 7-2]

Jude Griebel, A child as an unwritten book

Jude Griebel, A child as an unwritten book (2008), oil on canvas [Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 7-2]

Jude Griebel’s memorable paintings depict young people, gentle humanoids, stick men and Gumby-like creatures in allegorical situations. Influenced by children's picture books and ghost stories, he combines fantasy with adult and childhood experiences and often uses rooms from his childhood homes as backdrops.

Griebel’s fictitious worlds include scarecrows, gingerbread people, paper dolls, snowmen and paper bag people. The Maybe People calls to mind tales of children whittled from logs, scarecrows and other folk figures and effigies, as well as folk and religious mythology concerning the makeup of the body.

Jude Griebel earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2003. In 2001 he studied printmaking in Florence, Italy. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Griebel recently worked as an artist in residence in Yokohama, Japan, and at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium.

In 2008 he published Footsteps in the Macaulay House, a book that uses an allegedly haunted house in Dawson City, Yukon as its setting. Griebel is represented by Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver and Toronto, Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary, and Cella Gallery in Los Angeles. In 2007, the Burnaby Art Gallery presented a survey exhibition of Griebel’s works on paper with an accompanying publication.

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Mia Johnson


 Thu, Feb 5, 2009