Possibilities

These paintings, completed in 2016, use the human figure as a vehicle for imagining the world “out there” arranging and re-arranging itself then collapsing into possible locations in the presence of the viewer.

As discussed in the blog post On Possibilities¬† these paintings explore some of the ideas coming out of Quantum Physics that are to contemporary painting what the Theory of Relativity was for painters in the 20’s & 30’s. It’s impossible to ignore QPs suggestion that objects exist not so much as objects but as mists of possibilities that collapse into definite locations when observed.

Draped Nude, 2016, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on board, 24" x 24"
Draped Nude, 2016, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on board, 24″ x 24″
Flowered Dress, Marion-Lea Jamieson, 2016, oil on board, 24" x 24"
Flowered Dress, Marion-Lea Jamieson, 2016, oil on board, 24″ x 24″
Blue Satin, Marion-Lea Jamieson, 2016, oil on board, 24" x 24"
Blue Satin, Marion-Lea Jamieson, 2016, oil on board, 24″ x 24″
The Red Hat, 2016, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on board, 24" x 24"
The Red Hat, 2016, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on board, 24″ x 24″

The next group in the series uses botanical images to play with the idea of the quantum universe coming into being through observation.

Yellow Tulips, 2016, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on canvas, 30" x 40"
Yellow Tulips, 2016, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″
Rock with Moss, Marion-Lea Jamieson, 2017, oil on canvas, 36" x 36"
Rock with Moss, Marion-Lea Jamieson, 2017, oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″

But this style seemed too orderly so, continuing to use botanical images, I used big brushes & loose strokes to capture the spirit of possibilities.

Rock Face, 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on canvas, 40" x 30".
Rock Face, 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″.
Lace Curtain, 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on canvas, 48" h x 36" w.
Lace Curtain, 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on canvas, 48″ h x 36″ w.

Returned to the human figure as an image, these works explore permeability between humans and the “outside world”.

Young woman with Glasses, April 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on canvas, 36" x 36"
Young woman with Glasses, April 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″
Man Dreaming, 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on canvas, 48" x 36"
Man Dreaming, 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″

 

Woman with a Braid, 2017 Marion-Lea Jamieson oil on canvas, 48" x 36"
Woman with a Braid, 2017, Marion-Lea Jamiesonoil on canvas, 48″ x 36″

 

Blue Eyes, 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on board, 24" x 36"
Blue Eyes, 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on board, 24″ x 36″
Leather Jacket, 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson. oil on canvas, 36" x 36"
Leather Jacket, 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson. oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″

 

Blue Jeans. 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on canvas, 48" x 36"
Blue Jeans. 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″

 

Man in Landscape, 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on board, 24" x 36"
Man in Landscape, 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on board, 24″ x 36″

Couldn’t resist ending this series by defaulting to my endless fascination with human/animal figures. After all, QP is just verifying what we humans have known in our DNA all along – there are no boundaries: not between mind & body, body & soul or humans & the rest of the world.

Seal Man Sitting, May 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on canvas, 48" h x 36" w
Seal Man Sitting, May 2017, Marion-Lea Jamieson, oil on canvas, 48″ h x 36″ w

 

 

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Marion-Lea Jamieson is an artist and sculptor from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada