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.
Black Gold
Black Gold

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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Black Gold
Black Gold
Tribe
Tribe
Welcome Home
Welcome Home
Welcome
Welcome
Poppy House
Poppy House
Poppy
Poppy
Coral House
Coral House
Coral
Coral
Hy House
Hy House
Blue Hy
Blue Hy
House of Tulips
House of Tulips
Red Tulips
Red Tulips
Butter House
Butter House
Butter
Butter
Dahlia House
Dahlia House
Purple Dahlia
Purple Dahlia
Fuchsia House
Fuchsia House
Fuchsia
Fuchsia
Delicate
Delicate
Magenta Red
Magenta Red
Silent Roses
Silent Roses
Soft White
Soft White
Copper Top
Copper Top
Sideways Shack
Sideways Shack
Black Gold
Black Gold
oil on acrylic, 48x36
2023
Tribe
Tribe
oil on acrylic, 60x48
2023
Welcome Home
Welcome Home
oil on panel, 48x36
2023
Welcome
Welcome
oil on panel, 48x48
2023
Poppy House
Poppy House
oil on panel, 36x36
2023
Poppy
Poppy
oil on panel, 36x36
2023
Coral House
Coral House
oil on panel, 32x24
2023
Coral
Coral
oil on panel, 32x24
2023
Hy House
Hy House
oil on panel,24x24
2023
Blue Hy
Blue Hy
oil on panel, 24x24
2023
House of Tulips
House of Tulips
oil on panel, 29x29
2023
Red Tulips
Red Tulips
oil on panel, 29x29
2023
Butter House
Butter House
oil on panel with resin, 14x11
2023
Butter
Butter
oil on panel on resin, 14x11
2023
Dahlia House
Dahlia House
oil on panel, 14x11
2023
Purple Dahlia
Purple Dahlia
oil on panel, 14x11
2023
Fuchsia House
Fuchsia House
oil on panel, 14x11
2023
Fuchsia
Fuchsia
oil on panel, 14x11
2023
Delicate
Delicate
oil on plexiglass, 24x24
2022
Magenta Red
Magenta Red
oil on plexiglass, 48x48
2022
Silent Roses
Silent Roses
oil on plexiglass, 48x36
2022
Soft White
Soft White
oil on plexiglass, 12x12
2022
Copper Top
Copper Top
oil on panel, 32x24
2009
Sideways Shack
Sideways Shack
oil on panel, 40x30
2008

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