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Jade Griffin

Fogartyville in Sarasota Hosts Reception for Painter Jade Griffin’s “The First Theatre Production Exhibition

| Suncoast Post Staff |

Meet Sarasota-based artist Jade Griffin and view her surreal oil paintings at the opening reception for “The First Theatre Production” Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Fogartyville.

Griffin’s paintings represent how she interprets her perspective on life and people through the use of characters and compelling, narrative-driven storytelling. The artist integrates abstract brushstrokes, proliferating limbs and dramatized facial expressions into each figure. Themes of identity, politics and African-American culture are explored.

Jade Griffin

Works are for sale and will be on view through Oct. 15.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center is located at 525 Kumquat Court. Attendees should enter the space from the alleyway.

For more information, visit WSLR or call 941-894-6469.

Fogartyville contact: Arlene Sweeting or 941-894-6469
Artist’s Website:

Artist’s Statement: “When I look at a blank canvas, I know there’s a world living inside, I just need to discover it. My drive comes from my desire to express my inner thoughts about the world and to explore my inner imagination and emotions. My fascination with abstract expressionism and surrealism dates back to my childhood. We perceive what we see to

Jade Griffin

be true on the surface, yet we feel what is true deeper than what we can see in everyday reality. As an artist, I seek to see the truth in humanity, myself, people, and their true nature. The colors I choose, the brushstrokes I make, and aggressive or intricate strokes of paint upon my characters all contribute to the story of my paintings. They all offer a feeling beyond what words can comprehend. Every one of them plays a part in my exploration of today’s humanity and the world around me.”

Photos from Fogartyville

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