May I Introduce Jean-Pierre Roy?

30 Apr 2011

A Wind to Ward Off Dreams by Jean-Pierre Roy, 58 x 68, oil painting, 2010.
A Wind to Ward Off Dreams by Jean-Pierre Roy, 58 x 68, oil painting, 2010.
Jean-Pierre Roy: Weekend With the Masters Instructor

Jean-Pierre Roy is an artist and teacher currently living and working in New York City. Born in Santa Monica in 1974, Roy pursued a B.F.A. in Film at Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles. Following stints at Stan Winston Studios, DreamWorks, Fox and a myriad of small production houses, Roy moved to New York in 2001 to pursue a graduate art education.

He received his M.F.A. from The New York Academy of Art in 2002 and studied in an artistic anatomy program at Teddy Hall, in Oxford, England, earning a third year residency at the academy. Inspired by his cinematic cultural history and his identification with romantic landscape painting, Roy's work presents a sublime pictorial space for the contemplation of our current political, technological, and environmental anxieties. Drawing from a variety of influences including film and video game-scapes, the artist imagines dark, contemporary landscapes that hint at destruction on a grand scale. How the story unfolds is left up to the viewer.

The artist's first New York solo exhibition was in 2005, and his narrative landscapes have since been exhibited internationally. During 2008 and 2009, Roy exhibited at The Torrance Art Museum in California (solo show); the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY; The Art Students League of New York; The Puffin Foundation in New Jersey; The Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago; and The Firehouse Gallery in Burlington, VT. One of the artist's paintings owned by the Zabludowicz Art Trust is reproduced in Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture published by Front Forty Press in 2008. This hard-cover volume features images by over 60 artists accompanied by writings and essays that explore artists' ideas about the end of times. He recently had his fifth solo exhibition at Rare Gallery, in New York City. His second museum exhibition is scheduled for the summer of 2011 at the CAC in Virginia.

Roy's work is included in the collections of Anita and Poju Zabludowitz, the Hellengers, Leonardo Di Caprio, Eric Fischl, Kirkland and Ellis, and Jean Pigozzi. He has been published in The New York Times, Art in America, The Chicago Tribune, Art Forum, The Village Voice, and The Seattle Stranger. For more information, visit his website.

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