Breakthrough 2019 Oil, oil stick on canvas 60 x 84 in.
Elamen 202 Oil, oil stick on canvas 59 3/4 x 48 in.
Turner 2019 Oil, acrylic on linen 60 x 48 in
Still the same 2020 Oil, on canvas 74 1/4 x 76 1/4 in
Ella es 2019 Oil on canvas 60 x 84 in.
Tupac, Thugz Mansion 2019 Oil on canvas 84 x 72 in.
Statement

Jerrell Gibbs retraces family memories, examining the origin of his own life by representing intimate and instantly joyous moments. While affirming the multilayered experience of the African-American diaspora, Gibbs plunges the viewer into an immersive experience, the realm of his childhood.

Growing up in Baltimore influenced his perspective of socio-economics, body politics, race, economic disparities and their influence on one another. Through his figurative portraits, Gibbs accentuates banal representations of black identity by depicting empathy, inviting the possibility for a spiritual connection. The works are adapted from small polaroids, adapted into life-size paintings. The artist draws from revised characters in his own life and narratives such as Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts, mimicking their playful illustrative style.