Perrotin is pleased to present Jason Boyd Kinsella’s first solo show in France. This exhibition debuts a new series of paintings, highlighting the artist’s continued exploration of the ever-changing state of being.
If the clean surface of Kinsella’s paintings may recall the Old Masters’ works, his aesthetic and methods are resolutely contemporary. After sketching a drawing, he elaborates the color scheme with 3D software and then renders it in oil, applied to canvas, where the brushstrokes and the tiny imperfections in the pictorial layer are deliberately left visible to highlight the craftsmanship behind his work.
“Each colorful building block is open to new combinations of elements – like some visual alchemy.” — Jason Boyd Kinsella
Tridimensionality is key to Kinsella’s practice. Deeply influenced by sculpture, design and architecture, Kinsella’s geometric shapes interact with the surrounding space and provide a multitude of perspectives from which to observe the subject, going beyond the two dimensions of the medium. As the digital era allows people to switch between multiple identities with an ever-changing physical appearance, Kinsella anchors his subjects in the essence of their psychological attributes, revealing who they truly are.
“My visual language telegraphs this impermanence by illustrating our existence as a delicate assemblage of shapes unbound by flesh.”
Born in 1969 in Toronto, Canada
Lives and works between Oslo, Norway and Los Angeles, USA
Born in Toronto, Canada, Jason Boyd Kinsella started painting again in 2019 after a 30 year hiatus, now splitting his time between Oslo and Los Angeles.
Unveiling mankind’s psychological makeup lies at the heart of Kinsella’s practice. In his work, he breaks down the personality traits of his characters into distinct geometric units whose shape, colour and size define their individuality based on the Myers-Briggs personality test, anchoring his subjects in the essence of their psychological attributes. If the clean surface of his paintings may recall the Old Masters’ works, his aesthetic and methods are resolutely contemporary.