Jared Small

b. 1980, Memphis, TN
I’m trying to accomplish a dream-like state…I’m imagining other people’s memories – fading, but still there.
yellow door
yellow door

Since childhood, Jared Small has been captivated with the beauty of gentle decay in his surroundings. He sees the structure of the Victorian home, aging amidst the warm, lush vegetation of Memphis and the Delta region, as a portal into layered narratives of the past. Painting from photographs and his imagination, a sense of magical realism envelopes his compositions of homes, flowers, and portraits. These subjects become mysterious artifacts symbolizing the cycles of seasons, death, and rebirth. His surfaces are brilliant, glossy, almost glamorous - a marked but pleasing contrast to the peeling paint, sagging rooflines, broken windows, and wilting petals of age and dilapidation. Where the subject meets the background, realistic edges dissolve into a translucent, haunting abstraction, as if crossing into another realm. The viewer is lulled into a dream-like state, caught between the realities of the obvious image and the histories, memories, and possibilities that lay beneath the surface.

Jared Small is a native Memphian. He attended Overton High School and the University of Memphis, and has participated in numerous exhibitions in Tennessee, and a major solo exhibition at the Huntsville Museum of Art. His work is in the collections of Butler Snow Law Firm, Memphis; Commercial Bank and Trust, Memphis; Double H Farms, CT; Duke Aesthetic Center, Durham NC; Duncan Williams Inc, Memphis; First Bank, Nashville; Fidelity Investments, Raleigh, NC; HLM Venture Capital, San Francisco; Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL: Jones Clinic, Memphis & New Albany MS; LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis; M2M, Mobile Mercer Capital, Memphis; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis; Renasant Bank, Memphis; NSA Headquarters, Collierville, TN; Music City Center, Nashville; New Media Strategies, Arlington, VA; Pietrangelo Cook Law Firm, Memphis; Regions Insurance Headquarters, Memphis; St Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis; and Suntrust Bank Memphis, Headquarters.

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yellow door
yellow door
soft
soft
freckles
freckles
moss and berry
moss and berry
Protea
Protea
iris
iris
flakes
flakes
three trees
three trees
pop
pop
red house
red house
Transition
Transition
fresh
fresh
soft
soft
Two Tulips
Two Tulips
Lake
Lake
The Grey House
The Grey House
mags
mags
pink lady
pink lady
Magenta Door
Magenta Door
White Tree
White Tree
Wisteria
Wisteria
pink rose
pink rose
white peony
white peony
yellow door
yellow door
oil on panel, 48x36
2021
soft
soft
oil on panel, 12x12
2021
freckles
freckles
oil on acrylic panel, 24x24
2021
moss and berry
moss and berry
oil on acrylic panel, 24x24
2021
Protea
Protea
oil on panel, 48x60
2021
iris
iris
oil on panel, 14x11
2021
flakes
flakes
oil on acrylic panel, 24x24
2021
three trees
three trees
oil on panel, 40x30
2021
pop
pop
oil on acrylic panel, 24x24
2021
red house
red house
oil on acrylic panel, 24x24
2021
Transition
Transition
oil on panel, 48x48
2021
fresh
fresh
oil on panel, 12x12
2021
soft
soft
oil on panel, 12x12
2021
Two Tulips
Two Tulips
oil on panel, 36x48
2021
Lake
Lake
oil on panel, 14x11
2021
The Grey House
The Grey House
oil on panel, 14x11
2021
mags
mags
oil on acrylic panel, 24x24
2021
pink lady
pink lady
oil on acrylic panel, 24x24
2021
Magenta Door
Magenta Door
oil on panel, 40x35
2021
White Tree
White Tree
oil on panel, 12x12
2021
Wisteria
Wisteria
oil on panel, 14x11
2021
pink rose
pink rose
oil on acrylic panel, 8x8
2021
white peony
white peony
oil on acylic panel, 8x8
2021

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