Jack Delaney is an artist from Houston, TX, who is currently focuses on painting, printmaking, and drawing. He has exhibited his work regionally and nationally, both in solo and group exhibitions across the United States. His recent solo exhibitions include Memory and Mythos (Marshall Visual Art Center, Marshall, TX) and Mythopictura (Third Space Gallery, Houston, TX). Recent juried exhibitions include Rosenzweig 2019 Juried Exhibition (Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR) and Third Coast Biennial (K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX). Delaney’s work may be found in numerous private collections across the United States and he is represented by Higham & Associates in Houston, TX. Delaney obtained his BFA in Studio Art at Sam Houston State University and he is currently working on his MFA in Painting at the University of Houston.
Tell us about the work(s) you have in this exhibition. Your Brother’s Blood
36′ x 52″
Oil on Canvas
The painting is titled “Your Brother’s Blood” and it is about the rivalry we feel towards our siblings in all stages of life. I am taking my visual inspiration from the Romulus and Remus myth, the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale, and the Biblical story of Cain and Abel.
What draws you to your chosen medium, what do you love about it?
I work with oil paint on canvas. I assemble the canvas myself to the unique dimensions that I want. I’m drawn to representational oil painting because I enjoy feeling like I am firmly rooted in the techniques and traditions of the artists I look up to. I work very slowly so oil paint is ideal for me because of the slow nature of the medium. I also want to look ahead to what narrative, representational painting can accomplish in our ever-changing, increasingly technological 21st century.
What inspires you to make art?
My inspiration for creating artwork comes from my own life experience and the stories that I hear from people around me. I also look to stories in both film and literature from various genres including mythology, fairy tales, science fiction, and fantasy to find my imagery.