In his eye-catching recent work pop artist Jesse Bouley plays with scale, color, and texture to transform mundane objects into iconic imagery.
The large-scale paintings repurpose vintage comic book characters, old advertisements, and cameras. These subjects are rendered in a smooth, stylized manner and—at first glance—with a bold simplicity. A closer look reveals Bouley’s meticulous process and use of unexpected materials like cut vinyl, and gold and silver leaf. Painted on wood panels—stark and perfect against the pattern of the grain—the subjects’ relationship to their backdrops seem temporary, as if at any moment they might peel away like stickers imbued with life, underscoring the artist’s intent to aggrandize.
Bouley is based out of Western Avenue Artist Studios in Lowell, MA and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.