The Block Island Times

Déjà Vu Gallery welcomes works by Jessica Townes George

Sep 05, 2013

The significance of place comes vividly into focus in a collection by artist Jessica Townes George, opening at Déjà Vu on Sept. 7.

The artist, who lived on Block Island for several years before relocating to Maine, utilizes oils, spray paint, sketch, photography and other mixed media methods to create pieces that range from direct to oblique in interpretation. The collection, titled “Daylight Metal,” mimics different places and cultures — but not without interpretation from the artist.

“Villages, waterfalls, Asian text, snake skins, soft pinks, jungles, murky shiny surface textures,” Townes George says. “As a painter, I interpret and strengthen the aspects most (subjectively) significant to me.”

She also notes the importance of time's momentum and how a painting becomes a personal pause, a gathering of a spontaneous moment or collection of moments that show where the painter has put order on what has passed. “I work to show people in their proper places and always on the threshold of the next version of themselves,” she says. “I work to show landscapes in naturalistic and surreal ways that tend to let invisible forces move things without showing any mechanism.”

When crafting a piece, Townes George responds to direct observation, photography and, sometimes, her own random amalgamation of marks. “I aim to give definition and find harmony in the development and shifts in my relationships with people, places and thoughts I’m intimate with,” she says.

Townes George received her MFA from the Maine College of Art and her bachelor’s in painting from Rhode Island College. The artist taught painting at Southern Maine Community College and completed a collaborative residency in Nova Scotia in 2009. She currently resides in Portland, Maine.

“It is an honor to be included in this new space and to be able to share my work in this community that I love from afar,” she says. “I hope everyone enjoys some northern exposure to their eyes as the fall comes to Block Island.”

The public is invited to celebrate Jessica Townes George’s opening night with music, wine and cheese at Déjà Vu Gallery, located next door to Eli’s Restaurant on Chapel Street, on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition runs through September 20 during regular gallery hours, Sunday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit for more information.

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