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.
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Untitled (Red and White House)

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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Untitled (Red and White House)
Untitled (Red and White House)
Winter Spring
Winter Spring
Green Door
Green Door
Butternunculus
Butternunculus
Pretty in Pink
Pretty in Pink
Roses
Roses
Red Roses
Red Roses
Fire Tree
Fire Tree
Barn Ivy
Barn Ivy
Anemones
Anemones
Double Up
Double Up
Multi
Multi
Magenta on Gray
Magenta on Gray
Poppin'
Poppin'
Back to Black
Back to Black
Dahlias
Dahlias
Soul Sister
Soul Sister
Tulip Tree
Tulip Tree
Golden Brick
Golden Brick
Happy Tree
Happy Tree
Wisteria
Wisteria
Memory
Memory
Untitled (Red and White House)
Untitled (Red and White House)
oil and resin on panel, 12x12
2020
Winter Spring
Winter Spring
oil and resin on panel, 60x60
2019
Green Door
Green Door
oil and resin on panel, 48x36
2019
Butternunculus
Butternunculus
oil and resin on panel, 32x24
2019
Pretty in Pink
Pretty in Pink
oil and resin on panel, 32x24
2019
Roses
Roses
oil and resin on panel, 12x12
2019
Red Roses
Red Roses
oil and resin on panel, 12x12
2019
Fire Tree
Fire Tree
oil and resin on panel, 12x12
2019
Barn Ivy
Barn Ivy
oil and resin on panel, 12x12
2019
Anemones
Anemones
oil and resin on panel, 12x12
2019
Double Up
Double Up
oil and resin on panel, 40x28.75
2019
Multi
Multi
oil and resin on panel, 40x30
2019
Magenta on Gray
Magenta on Gray
oil and resin on panel, 60x48
2019
Poppin'
Poppin'
oil and resin on panel, 32x24
2014
Back to Black
Back to Black
oil and resin on panel, 48x48
2019
Dahlias
Dahlias
oil and resin on panel, 32x24
2019
Soul Sister
Soul Sister
oil and resin on panel, 60x48
2019
Tulip Tree
Tulip Tree
oil and resin on panel, 48x36
2019
Golden Brick
Golden Brick
oil and resin on panel, 32x24
2019
Happy Tree
Happy Tree
oil and resin on panel, 48x48
2019
Wisteria
Wisteria
oil and resin on panel, 48x60
2019
Memory
Memory
oil and resin on panel, 60x60
2019

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