“My aim is to create work that evokes sentimental feelings in the viewer, and transcends them to a place where life is simple and unobstructed.”
(American, b. 1962)
Jamie Perry’s simple compositions and minimal, yet striking imagery are the foundation of his work. Inspired by artists like Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Maynard Dixon and Andrew Wyeth, he aims to celebrate the forgotten icons of Americana. Though his paintings often have a cinematic or narrative feeling, he strives to create a story using as few details as possible, often stripping down the painting to an almost composite abstraction, and then using light, space, and atmosphere to build it back up. He states that, “my paintings are pictorial reflections of images and experiences of the past, where viewers can be transcended to a time and place where life was simple and unobstructed.”
He is well-known for his artwork depicting a solitary figure confronting the world before them. A recurring motif in his work is the act of looking at art, and in a clever twist, Perry makes the art audience part of his compositions. He is also well-known for his expansive landscapes, capturing the great American frontier. This setting allows Perry to strip his compositions down to the basic elements of architecture, land, and sky. He describes his landscapes, explaining that, “an open road leading to a vanishing point symbolizes the future, and the journey that we all take to get there”. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and can be found in many prestigious collections. He is largely self taught, although he developed his portfolio at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Perry currently lives and works in Riverside, California.