|In the Surf by Jeremy Mallov|
by Lisa Freeman
What in the world does “en plein air” mean?
I graduated from the School of Fine Arts at Indiana University/Bloomington many years ago with a concentration in 3-dimensional arts; jewelry design, specifically. As I focused on designing, forming and constructing metals, I never held a paint brush or used a palette knife during my college years.
“En plein air” I discovered, means “in the open air” or “painting outdoors.”
The Impressionists are responsible for the popularity of this style of painting.
Aritst Jeremy Mallov has been painting impressionistic en plein air and studio landscapes for over 12 years, primarily using oils as his medium. He uses a palette knife almost exclusively to not only mix his paints, but to apply the paint to the canvas.
Mallov captures the essence of what he is seeing by exaggerating and manipulating colors. He selects his subject matter for meaning and metaphor: the Jamaican seascapes double as reflections on marriage; Venetian canals symbolize freedom found and lost. Each landscape captures not only the look and feel of the location, but also the deeper meaning of what he was experiencing at the time and what the place symbolizes to him.
For Mallov, capturing the truth of a scene has taken priority over capturing its reality.
Mallov creates art and exhibits in the Indianapolis area, including at the JCC Art Gallery beginning March 4, when he is not teaching art in the public school system. He, his wife and three beautiful daughters are residents of Fishers.
Please plan to stop by, meet Jeremy and join us for an opening reception and light refreshments at the JCC Art Gallery on Sunday, March 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.
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