My drawings depict people or fragments of people in near abstract spaces that are defined by loosely painted brushstrokes of saturated watercolor. These mirage-like environments show wooded areas with trees, branches, falling leaves and flowers obscuring the scene. The figures are rendered with a graphic line yet are intimate. They often have eyes closed, serene expressions and relaxed bodies. Seen through patches of foliage and protective canopy, they are revealed to the viewer as if a hidden place has been uncovered. Vegetation grows out of bodies caught in a semi-dormant state of chrysalis. Nature is perhaps benign, perhaps carnivorous. With their dream-like and impossible scenarios of hybridized life, these images become a metaphor for life’s moments of change and transition.
Jesse Lambert was born in Hudson, NY in 1972. He grew up in rural New Hampshire and New York City. Jesse received a BFA from Cooper Union in 1994 and an MFA in Painting from Hunter College in 1998. In the summer of 1993 he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Jesse has had one-person shows at Ningyo Editions, Watertown, MA; Matter Gallery in Portland, ME; at Miller Block Gallery, Boston and at the Roger Smith Gallery in New York City. Selected group show venues include the The Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn; Joseloff Gallery, Hartford, CT; eyewash@SupremeTrading, Brooklyn; Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, Brooklyn; White Columns, New York City; the Boston Center for the Arts; Miller Block Gallery, Boston and the Warren Robbins Art Gallery of the University of Michigan. His work has been exhibited at NOVA and Bridge art fairs in Chicago and Aqua art fair in Miami.