Bring May Flowers

So it’s mid-May already and this blog post is really late, like 2 weeks late. normally i title the post by the new month and then ramble on about all the shit that went on in the previous month. its kind of confusing. i would ideally like to create a blog post with the name of month as the title, and then talk about things that happened that month. that seems to make sense, i’ll try and go that direction.

being 2 weeks late on the April (i mean May…uff) blog post seems like a long time . summarizing everything is hard when it happened 6 weeks ago. Everything blurs together.
thats actually of a great part of producing paintings. paintings give you a landmark, a frame of reference to a time and a place. Seeing that painting you remember where you were, what you were doing, things you were thinking, stuff you cooked, all sorts of things!
life needs landmarks or it all just blurs together.

Yeah the past 6 weeks is all a little blurry, but i’ll just take a look through my photos or whats on instagram and it will all come back to me. isn’t technology amazing!

let’s see.. april…

according to instagram in the beginning of April i finished up “Eventually it Won’t” 24×48
Its set on a small street near me in st. Henri, in the middle of a storm in the winter of a million storms.

i think winter gets tougher as you get older. its definitely getting tough on me. i love the contrast of the 4 seasons but man by april a change is long overdue.

Here’s an idea.. imagine that instead of 4 there’s SIX seasons!
what would the other two be?

digressing – This is Eventually It Wont, 24×48, now available at Muse Gallery in Toronto

https://www.instagram.com/musegallery_toronto/

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Eventually it won't 24×48

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in April i went on a little weekender to Toronto Ontario.
among many other things i…

Met a stand up comic on the train @thelatvianfoodie

Saw the prime minister in some restaurant off Yonge Street,

and spent a afternoon walking around the big smoke with my old pal Dave @david_poolman
You were right Dave, it was a bad day to buy records, and you don’t look like Jon Prine.

oh i also stared at all the condos and thought ‘wow those are tall’

here’s a few old paintings of mine that my brother has, early 2010s roughly.

 

Which brings me to… my NEW PROJECT!

this is the first place i’ve mentioned anything about this, so here’s to sneak previews.

In the next few weeks i’ll be making a run of limited edition, signed prints of a spaceman having a beer in @bardecourcille

it’s called ‘They Don’t sell 50 in Space’, and its 33×22 inches

 

Here’s some details, ideas SO FRESH they haven’t even been finalized, but it’s where i think it’s going.

A limited run of giclee digital prints on acid-free archival paper.
150 prints in total, at a price of 150$/each

shipping – for those not close enough to pick up prints in person, i will be shipping prints in large diameter cardboard tubes so they don’t get damaged/distorted

i’ll need to see what the options are but likely shipping will be a flat rate of around 10$

anyone interested in reserving one please contact me through my email address – cjeremyprice@gmail.com

one last photo – the reference image i took at bar de courcelle for planning out the spaceman.

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2 spacemen

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Finally, wrapping up this month i started working on few small format paintings again. the difference between large and small is significant. everything changes. its a nice exercise moving from one to the other. like learning to ride a bike, again.

the first of these small formats was of one of my favourite hats that i got at punk rock bowling in las vegas last year.

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PRB beacon, 12×12

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it’s called PBR Beacon (pbr for punk rock bowling, not Pabst blue ribbon) The beacon part is because the hat was so bright my friends said i was like a beacon standing in the crowd at the show

and that’s it for another month! Love the time you’ve got in as many ways as you can. life is not a destination it’s a voyage.
Thanks to everyone i’ve met along the way for making it a more interesting one.

jeremy

 

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April 2019 – thawing out

And longer, more optimistic days are upon us. Thank Space!
(as issac asimov would say in “foundation” – my metro book as of late)
Another Way Down was a larger painting that i completed in early March. Quite often i prefer perspectives from ground level, placing the viewer into the scene directly, but this is an overhead view of an intersection with Downtown Montreal off in the distance. It’s been a long winter, and i guess i’ve been feeling a little ‘far away’ this past few months.

Another Way Down 36×60
Currently available through Muse Gallery, Toronto https://www.musegallery.ca/

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Another way down 36×60

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In a completely different direction is this painting (still in progress) of a partridge hunt, very loosely based in reality.
it is a bit of a modern take of those classic hunting paintings. Hunters on horseback with a pack of dogs, blowing a bugle, wearing top hats and orange coats.. etc.

Instead of horses there’s atvs, and the dogs are represented by Lou Lou, my Yorkshire terrier, and Frank, my brothers Havanese.
Hiding in the painting is a partridge,but you need to look close to spot it. Partridge are REALLY good at hiding.

“The Pride of Trace and Trail” 36×48 (work in progress)

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The pride of trace and trail, 36×48

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Halfway through March i went out west to visit old friends who have recently moved to a small town in the mountains of BC. Coincidentally they also own a self portrait i did last year of me in Havana, so i took a quick photo to commemorate our reunion.
I look a little rougher around the edges, Cuba-me still looks the same.

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Two grumps

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A few other paintings were completed after i got back… which due to the grounding of all air canada’s 737 Max8s could have easily been a sequel of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles… just a lot less funny.

One Small Step 36×36 (now available through Galerie Bloom https://www.galeriebloom.com)

Now You Look Back 24×48 (now available through Galerie Bloom https://www.galeriebloom.com)

PLAY PAUSE 36×36 (now available through Galerie Bloom https://www.galeriebloom.com)

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PLAY PAUSE 36X36

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On March 29th my 12 painting show entitled ‘things i don’t know how to do” opened at Sivarulrasa Gallery in Almonte Ontario. http://sivarulrasa.com/exhibitions/things-i-dont-know-how-to-do/
It’s up for the next 5 weeks, coming down May 12th

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March 29 – May 12, Svarulrasa gallery, Almonte ON

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we had the Vernissage on Saturday April 6th.
There was a great turnout and I want to thank everyone who made the trip to Almonte.

here’s a few shots…

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Vernissage day!

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That’s it for the busy month that was March!
see you next month.

-Jeremy

March 2019 – you can have it too

March in Quebec is like the sequel to February that nobody wanted. oh well, it’s almost done. at least it’s a little brighter. there’s a day around the end of february where the light changes from blue to yellow, and it’s then you know it’ll be done soon. .. for another 6 months at least:)

One of the first paintings i completed in february was ‘Hot Lap’
(currently available through https://www.musegallery.ca/ in Toronto)

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Hot lap, 36×48

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this is a racing term for going around a track as fast as you can but not actually competing. I felt it summarized the studio/home/studio/home path i kept well worn in the snow, and was a funny name considering all the minus a billion degrees weather.

Galerie Bloom held a nuit blanche show (just last weekend actually) For which i submitted ‘There’s no Depanneurs in Space’

the theme of the show (actually it seems to be the theme of the whole night) was ‘future’ so this was a bit of a humorous take on flooded streets, toxic air, relaxing .. and cold beer. cheers spaceman.

Winter means lots of metro riding, which is strangely awesome and miserable at the same time. if you’ve got a long way to go there’s no beating it.
these days im either reading or drawing. here’s a few sketchbook pages.

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drawn on the metro, a short story about some birds

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I havent been a regular metro rider for quite a few years. In my absence they’ve added mobile data to the underground tunnel network. this means that literally 90% of people are doing things on their phones the entire ride. It used to be difficult drawing people on the metro as they were aware of what you were doing, but now you can draw the entire time with nobody noticing. the problem is that everyone is in the same boring hunched over pose. not very interesting which results in other doodles. (space calamari, bird sausages, etc)

Another large painting i finished last month was Magnetically Uncertain Spare Parts (currently available through https://www.galeriebloom.com/gallery.html in Montreal)

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Magnetically uncertain spare parts 36×60

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Winter streetscapes feel so different than summer, and its funny how i miss both when they’re out of season.

Finally, i have a show coming up very soon at Sivarulrasa Gallery in Almonte Ontario, just outside of Ottawa.

12 paintings ranging from small to quite large (60×60)
here’s the bio page

http://sivarulrasa.com/exhibitions/things-i-dont-know-how-to-do/

and the flyer…

i’ll be at the opening on April 6.

Stay Warm!
Back in a month with more updates on work, life, and maybe a few more metro drawings.

Jeremy

February 2019 – nasty, brutish, and (thankfully) short

The first few weeks of the year always feel harder than the rest, like everything is slowly accelerating from a standstill, and reluctant to move in the cold.
On the bright side, the days are slowly getting longer again.
I spent January primarily wrapping up the work for my show in Almonte Ontario this April, but i did have a chance to work on a few other paintings.

Among them was a series of 4 darker ‘low key’ paintings.
These were inspired partially by a time of year where daylight can be pretty elusive, but also by a lot of the feelings that come along with it.
My focus was less on representing an existing location, and more on the process and the mood.
They are increasingly less literal, and try to ‘imply’ more than ‘depict’

”The Distance from Who to Where’ 36×48
available through Muse Gallery in Toronto Ontario https://www.musegallery.ca/

It Wasn’t That At All, 36×48

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It wasn't that at all 36×48

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available through Galerie Bloom, Montreal. https://www.galeriebloom.com/

Magnetically Uncertain Spare Parts 36×60

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Magnetically uncertain spare parts 36×60

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available through Galerie Bloom, Montreal. https://www.galeriebloom.com/

(The 4th of these is still in progress, i’ll include it in next months digest:)

I also worked on ‘Hot Lap’ this month. It is set mid-snow storm from an intersection on the walk from my house to the studio. i do this walk a LOT. There’s a few ways to do it and it’s only a few minutes each direction. but it definitely feels a lot farther in the winter than the summer.

Hot Lap, 36×48

available through Muse Gallery in Toronto Ontario https://www.musegallery.ca/

And finally, ‘There’s No Deps in Space’ 36×48

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There's no deps in space 36×48

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i did this painting for something that Galerie Bloom has coming up next month. Please contact the gallery for more info
https://www.galeriebloom.com/

and that wraps it up!
Thanks for reading, and i hope it wasn’t too many words.
I am trying to find the perfect balance of text and pictures. Feedback on this digest is more than welcome, please help me make it better.

see you next month!

jeremy

 

January 2019 – a year behind, a year ahead

so here it is! the first installment of my new monthly digest blog.
This will be collection of images, ideas, thoughts etc. basically a ‘month in review’ of everything i’ve been working on.
Since we all have ADD now thanks to technology i’ll try and keep it word-light, image-heavy as best i can, but there will be some ramblings for sure.

December and the holidays are always busy for everyone but for me with my birthday falling four days before Christmas its particularly overwhelming. (i actually had an idea to change my birthday to june or something.. longer days, warmer, i think it’s for the best)

hohoho

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Happy holidays everybody. Hohoho

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The month started off with a december 1st 5-7 at Bloom Gallery in the old port.
(sidenote – a ‘cinq a sept’ is an old montreal tradition that translated into english means ‘after-work drinks’. Over the past 10 years living in Montreal though i’ve come to realize that ‘cinq a sept’ should really be called ‘cinq a trois heure le matin prochain’… these things never end at 7)
All the artists that the gallery represents had a few pieces in this group show, it was really fun and great to meet everyone.
Here’s a shot of me in my finest evening-wear in front of my painting “Half Circles are Semi Circles 48×60”.
As one guest said.. ‘you don’t look like an artist’ 😉 Thanks again to everyone who came out!

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Down at the @galeriebloom vernissage last night!

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(this painting is currently available through Galerie Bloom – https://www.galeriebloom.com/)

Upcoming Show – March 29 to May 2, 2019
The past few months i’ve been very busy on a body of work for an upcoming show at Sivarulrasa Gallery in Almonte Ontario

I typically work on a few paintings at the same time, letting layers dry on wet paintings while i work on the dryer ones, rotating through them like that.

There are still a few im finishing up but most of them are now complete. here’s a few.

Things best left remembered, 36×48

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Things best left remembered, 36×48

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I haven’t had a proper ‘show’ in quite a while and wanted to create a body of work that strung (loosely) around a common theme.
So there’s a few ideas in here that i won’t get into too much right now (i’d need way more chardonnay) but basically its about relaxing, slowing down, and my completely inability to do so.
I’m trying to learn though. It’s hard, but i’m trying.

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a few very important decisions, 24×36

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Find the place you stop. 24×36

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Studio shot – early december
I’m currently sharing a small corner of Holly Friesen’s awesome studio space in the Complex Canal Lachine in st. henri.
https://www.instagram.com/hollyfriesenart/?hl=en
It’s literally a block from where i live and so i spend most nights walking a few dark streets, to and from. A lot of these locations are depicted in these recent paintings.

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Saturday morning, back to work

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some of these paintings are really big (like the one below – 60×60!) I’ve been loving this format and the amount of gesture that goes into panels that size. Man, they are logistical NIGHTMARES though. i need to figure out a way to the easily get them around, my car won’t do the job anymore.

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Heart did, head did not 60×60 on wood panel

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Another 60×60 for the show

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Remember this part 60×60

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In addition to those monsters I also did a handful of smaller format paintings for the show. i used to work primarily small format but haven’t in while. It’s really bizarre switching from large to small. Changing formats is like starting again – the entire process changes and it’s a completely different thing. Painting is nothing like riding a bike. Bob Dylan once said if you’re not busy being born you’re busy dying. Jeremy Price once said if you’re not busy painting you’re busy forgetting how to paint. Here’s to re-learning:)

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Finger to finger, 16×20

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Wrist to wrist, 16×20

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A funny story about this next one.. funny in hindsight i guess:)
after finishing up the painting one afternoon i was moving the easel and it fell forward, onto.. me.
my shoulder and head effectively erased a good chunk of it. I was able to redo it, and it came out mostly the same. mostly. it was easely the highlight of my day

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Where it starts to fall apart, 16×20

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And one last one…
a nocturne that is now available through Gallery Muse in Toronto .
https://www.musegallery.ca/
After packing and shipping the painting with a local courier i realized i didnt attach any of the shipping papers to the box. oops.
luckily it made it unscathed but it was a stressful couple of days.
i’ve only ‘lost’ a painting in the mail once. it’s a terrible feeling.

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Head did, heart did not 36×48 oil on wood board

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and that’s december in a nutshell! i’ll see you in February with more.
stay warm and practice your slav squats.

-jeremy

this blog… reborn!

happy 2019!
this year i have an idea, a plan.

i’ve been badly neglecting this blog as of late (and my website – man, who has time for all this stuff?)
but this is all going to change. beginning next week im going to start a monthly ‘re-cap digest’ post. A collection of everything that i worked on, finished, thought about doing, etc. over the past 4 week. There will be photos, some rants, who knows… maybe even photos of things i ate for breakfast. (maybe)

this way it will be all condensed in one, regular post/email.
Im all about simplicity these days, and this will reduce the spam, reduce the noise, and be a whole lot more efficient with my time, and the time of everyone else who so graciously follows my messy, frenetic, linseed oil-soaked journey of painting.

-j

blogging

hello everyone that follows me on this blog, and has been following the progress of my paintings over the years. I would like to quickly thank you all for your continued support, it’s much appreciated.

I’ve had this blog for quite a few years and it has always been the first place that any new artwork of mine got posted. (I called it ‘Jermin’ because that’s the name my brother Lucas gave me when he was very small and couldn’t say Jeremy properly)

I’ve noticed over the past few months that i haven’t been sharing work on the internet the same way. for a variety of reasons I’ve been using instagram/facebook/twitter much more, and this blog much less.

This blog is not dead. I will continue to post recent developments and upcoming show information here, but invite anyone who’s interested in receiving more frequent updates of current work (and work in progress) to follow my other threads

here’s the links.

https://www.instagram.com/artbyjeremyprice/

https://business.facebook.com/ArtbyJeremyPrice

and twitter is @cjeremyprice

thanks again!

Jeremy