Though he identifies himself as a “contemporary American realist painter,” Jamie Perry imbues in his work a surrealistic quality that engages viewers in imagining his subjects’ back stories. Adept at using light and space in a minimalist manner but with maximum effect, Perry presents the most solitary and reflective of life’s moments. He lends an air of mystery to his “faceless” subjects — showing, for example, the back of a suited man with an umbrella and/or hat. In his artistic evolution, Perry transcended the skills he developed as a commercial illustrator while maintaining a keen eye for the attraction of simplicity. “My aim is to celebrate the oftenforgotten icons of Americana,” he says. CODA Gallery, which represents Perry on an ongoing basis, spotlights the artist in a special exhibition running Feb. 2 —23, with an opening reception on Feb. 2.
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