Drooling over his work for months on IG, I happened to be in the City of Light at the same time Jason Boyd Kinsella had his first solo show there. Waiting for me on Avenue Matignon were 5 stories of the Canadian hyper-cleanliness.
Through his work, Kinsella deconstructs the personality traits of his muses by using geometrical shapes. Capturing the complexity of human emotions, the Canadian-born strives to establish a connection between inward feelings and outward appearances. Bridging these two proves portraiture of pure excellence, and simultaneously achieving the most refined work.
An exhibition can score extra points for doing something extra than ‘just’ paintings. Kinsella satisfied me with a video (de)constructing his work, consisting of geometric shapes. Mesmerized by the process, I watched this clip at least 10 times over. The poly stone sculpture (not pictured), did also not disappoint. However, do not watch it from the back, as said by the artist himself.
Before getting to the canvas, the artist prepares himself. First, the artist who spends his time between LA and Oslo sketches the composition on paper. Next, Kinsella sends the composition to the computer to further plays with the arrangement and perception of light. When everything is to his liking, the artist starts to paint. A process which minimizes any room for error. Although Kinsella renders incredible pieces, I felt they tend to be too inside the borders for me. The playful aspect that art gives room for is absent in these series of works.
Even though I had one notion when seeing his works in person, Kinsella creates powerful, sophisticated works. Thanks to Mr Kinsella and the staff of Perrotin for this remarkable exhibition.