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"Shelley Jordan: Revealing Beauty"
2000-09-15 until 2000-11-05
Frye Art Museum
Shelley Jordon (b. 1954) is a Northwest artist
who brings still-life painting back to center
stage. Concerned with the psychology of
everyday objects, Jordon brings out
unexpected beauty from the humble objects,
odds and ends, and domestic items that fill
her compositions. The arrangements are
usually glimpsed against a landscape,
natural or industrial, giving the compositions
a monumental quality.
In 1994, Jordon was a visiting artist at the
American Academy in Rome. There, she
discovered examples of an ancient Roman
painting tradition called humilia, mural-sized
paintings of domestic scenes and interiors
that exerted a significant influence on the
development of her large scale still lifes.
During the past few years, the artist's
painting have begun to reflect the diffused
Northwest light which illuminates her Portland
Jordon received a BFA from the School of
Visual Arts in New York City and earned an
MFA at Brooklyn College, City University of
New York. She is currently an associate
professor of art at Oregon State University. An
illustrated exhibition catalogue is available in
the museum store.
Baby Pears and Sunflowers, 1998,
48 x 48 in.
Courtesy of the Artist.