Paintings by Jeremy Szopinski

The characters in many of these paintings are based on images taken from the television show of the Christian miracle faith healer, Benny Hinn. The work is made quickly, often in one or two sittings. The color is usually high key and the paint a mixture of impasto and thin transparency applied with knives, rags, squeegees, stencils and brushes. Abstraction, in the form of large swoops and geometric shapes, frequently overtakes the figurative elements of the painting. At the same time, the work maintains a connection to old master religious painting. In particular, I’m fascinated by the mystical space of El Greco and the violent drama of Caravaggio. Some figures are discernible while others dissolve into color and mark. There are often bodies on the ground. These figures suggest violence and religious ecstasy, belief and doubt. The paintings constantly move toward building unresolved tensions between opposing forces both formally and thematically.

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Fall in Thy Presence
Oil on canvas
58″ x 70″
2010

 


Blanket of Power
Oil on canvas
50″ x 57″
2010

 


Bathe the Matter
Oil on board
48″ x 64″
2011

 


Ask for It
Oil on paper mounted on board
27.5″ x 25″
2012

 


Thieves and Liars
Oil on board
70″ x 75″
2011

 

For more of Jeremy’s paintings, visit his website.

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Jeremy Szopinski

About the Author

Jeremy Szopinski has exhibited at many venues in the midwest and nationally, including Woodward Gallery, the Soo Visual Arts Center, the Phipps Center for the Arts, Speedboat Gallery and the Duluth Art Institute. He has been a finalist for the Jerome Emerging Artist Grant, is adjunct faculty at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, MN, worked as the senior letterpress printer at Studio On Fire in Minneapolis, and has painted murals. He graduated in 1998 from the College of Visual Arts, in St. Paul, and completed his MFA in painting at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2010.
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