Jason Gibilaro’s pictures transport us into familiar landscapes, townscapes and peoplescapes in which the stark realities of the world and our bizarre stamp on it ring out with a deafening cezanne-esque lucidity. Iceland’s financial meltdown resonates with CCTV watchin’ a Brixton duck-pond, whilst London’s Art World populates the scenery with it’s not altogether normal approach to things.
Gibilaro is a modern social documentarian, documenting the human condition from a fly-on-the-wall perspective, the cast of the scenes saying enough about themselves to need any more filtering. The poles of subject matter seem an extreme contrast, the unusual goings-on of the London Art world set against the brutality of modern globalisation, however the link is there: human behaviour and it’s multifaceted oddness, whether sinister or amusing. These paintings in their colourful way, if nothing else, bear testimony to that.
Alex Chappel - Decima International
Jason Gibilaro is a London-based artist who has exhibited his paintings extensively in solo and group shows. He has been involved in the production and direction of numerous public art installations in London. His recent paintings have concentrated on the differences and similarities between the urban environments of London and New York, as well as documenting elements of the art scene in these two cities.
He creates a social documentation of particular moments in time around artists and friends at art events, capturing their theatrical ambience.
In 2008 he was invited by the Icelandic Artist Association to be the Resident Artist in Korpúlfsstaðir; a former disused dairy farm just outside Reykjavik now converted into artist studios. He was based there until May 2009 producing a body of work based from his experience. Much of the imagery takes its focal point around the global banking crisis, which decimated many economies around the world, and has had a particular impact in Iceland.
In the last two years he has been mainly developing a new series of work. This has been an opportunity to develop different themes and ideas that has interested him. The work has been more process applied working from small studies that have enabled him to explore more themes that could be later developed.
Themes have included; a new social documentation based on many Art Events and Social Gatherings; the way the global banking crisis has effected the immediate location; exploring the effects that constant video surveillance can have on our daily lives; a body of work titled Utopia Revisited exploring how Utopian themes and visions had on many post war Utopian Style Architecture, particularly on Public Housing Projects, and how a vision of Utopia has transpired in a particular location decades later has been an interest.
Another body of work has been the effects that the 2009 earthquake in the Italian City of L’Aquila has had. He will be exhibiting this work in in L’Aquila in April 2016.
Jason Gibilaro has a background in Public Art and has been involved in setting up Inclusion Arts.
Solo exhibitions include:
Aftermath, L'Aquila, Italy 2016; Meltdown, Royal Commonwealth Club 2010: Iceland, Subway Gallery, London 2010: New York, Royal Over-Seas League, Edinburgh/London, 2008/9: The True King of England, The Golden Heart, London, 2007: Royal Commonwealth Club, London, 2004: Peterborough Museum, Peterborough, 1998:
Group exhibitions include:
Fit The Slit Part III, Lido, Alberoni Beach, Venice 2019; Miniscule Venice Biennale, Venice 2019; Miniscule Part 2, Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, Cumbria 2019; Art on a Postcard Secret Auction, WeWork, London 2018; Protocol, Q-Park Art, Cavendish Square, London 2018; Art Car Boot Fair Kings Cross, London 2018; Embracing the Underdog Exhibition , Q Car Park China Town, London 2018; Crash, Q-Park Car Park, Cavendish Square, London 2017; Art Car Boot Fair Folkestone, Folkestone 2017; Art Car Boot Fair Vauxhall, London 2017; Electric Blue exhibition, Studio 73, London 2017; Antennae, Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes Gallery, London 2017; ING Discerning Eye exhibition, Mall Gallery, London 2016; Festival of the unseen, Hundred Years Gallery, London 2016; Our Road Exhibition, Loughborough Hotel Gallery, London 2015; Neiland's Choice exhibition GX Gallery, London 2015; Liggers and Dreamers, The Stash Gallery, London 2015; Fit The Slit, Lido, Alberoni Beach, Venice 2015; Chemcraft, Espacio Gallery, Curated by C.M Projects, London 2015; BYEBYE BEDROOM presents ‘TAX MY LAST BREATH, London 2014: Hackney Wicked - Fate for the Wicked, London 2013: Radar 100: Space Rage, The Residence Gallery 2012: Print Odyssey, Stew Gallery, Norwich 2012: Luxury Goods - The Reality of Art, The Courtyard Theatre, London 2012: The Beginning, Southwark Studios, London 2012: Yet Another Tea Party Vernissage, Neant Bleu, Berlin 2011: Tea Party @ Painting Salon, Top Floor Gallery, London 2011: Make Grow Sell, Brixton Market, London 2011: Bivouac, Lauderdale House, London 2011: Artist Flee Market, Hackney Wicked Festival, London 2011: Union Jack, Bardens Boudoir, London 2011: We live in Public – Bath Fringe Festival, Bath 2011: Postcards for Sick Kids 2010, Lyon & Turnball, Edinburgh 2010: Art Pops, Residence Gallery, London 2010: Total Transparency, NO:ID Gallery, London 2010: Pikea Art Exhibition, Freedom Bookshop, London 2010: Quadratshow Künstler aus London, Druck Dealer, Hamburg 2010: Miniscule, Oblong Gallery, London 2010: NO:ID Festival, The Others, London 2010: Rapid Pop Up NO:ID Gallery, London 2010: Art Bin, South London Gallery, London 2010: Equinox, Foundry Gallery, London 2010: "Square Up The Year" NO:ID Gallery, London, 2009: Artist Flea Market - Tate Modern, London, 2009: What Happens after the Ball, Decima Gallery St James, London, 2009: Britain's Rubbish, Decima Gallery, Berlin, 2009: Botoxed 69 Big Deal, London, 2009: Exhibition Marquee Lambeth Country Show, London 2009: Decima Traveling Shop, Ghetto Gallery, Split, Croatia, 2009: The Guy Hilton Gallery Presents Police and Violence at the Sassoon Gallery, London, 2009: Korpúlfsstaðir, Reykjavik Iceland, 2009: The Famous, the infamous and the Really Quite Good, Decima Gallery, London, 2008: Something about painting, 91 Eastway Hackney Wick, London 2008: Put your flag where your mouth is, Mezkalito Gallery, London, 2008: Affordable Art Fair, John Bloxham Gallery, London 2008: Climate of Change, London, 2007: Spectre vs.Rector, The Residence London, 2007: The last puff, The Golden Heart, London, 2007: Dionysian Duty, Mezkalito Gallery, London 2007: Art for Aid, Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam 2007: Art for Life, Christie's London, 2007: "I love Charlie," Brick Lane Gallery, London, 2007: London Biennale, In Arcadia, London 2006: Corner House Gallery, Manchester, 2006: Art for Life, Christie's, London, 2004: Gallery Voltaire, London, 2000: Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2000: Royal Academy Summer Show, London, 1999 and 2000: