Jaime Giliâ€™s paintings combine the austerity of geometric design with the confidence and authenticity of painterly gesture. Presented in a cluster, his paintings are often not hung, but leant against the wall, creating a temporal architecture that suggests the transience and development of urban space. Executed in vibrant colours, Giliâ€™s large-scale canvases capitalise on their visual power to motivate and allure. Bold splinters of pitch black, copper metallic, or tainted pink pierce through grounds animated with drips, smudges, and impassioned swipes. His paintings are fields of raw, potent energy.
Jaime Gili Ochoa
Acrylic on canvas
268 x 230 cm
Originally from Venezuela, Gili works from a distinctly South American perspective. Influenced by the sharp geometric angles of 20th century architecture and the sleek elegance of classic automotive detailing, Giliâ€™s paintings disengage the international archetypes of modernism: reflecting instead a localised adaptation of style, where design and its social implications have been internalised and customised to represent a unique national and political identity and cultural heritage. Citing his countryâ€™s rapid oil-rich economic growth and intensive South American visionary developments such as Caracas and Brasilia, Giliâ€™s paintings address this utopian new world optimism and its inherent failure.
Jaime Gili Trikalinou
Acrylic on canvas
235 x 122 cm
Giliâ€™s canvases are nostalgic for the positivism of the modernist era, where the architectural development of public space and consumer appetite for mechanical goods aroused and affirmed a sense of social buoyancy and community. Giliâ€™s paintings are inspired by the Constructivistsâ€™ ideas of bridging art and technology and his shard-like compositions are reminiscent of early 20th century Russian artists such as Ljubov Popova and Mikhail Larionov; his works also pay homage to great South American abstractionists such as Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jesus Rafael Soto and Alejandro Otero.
jaimegili.org Official Jaime Gili website including texts, reviews, artworks and information
re-title.com Go Faster Stripes is a collection of work by the Venezuelan-born artist, Jaime Gili, which refers to modernist motifs and their scattered traces.
Jaime Gili, Makes things triangular
Jaime Gili was born in Caracas (Venezuela) in 1972. He grew up in a multicultural capital full of vibrant optical art, a concrete city full of optimism. Caracas, in the late seventies, presented its own version of the International modernism movement in art and architecture.
riflemaker.org For his first solo exhibition at Riflemaker, Venezuelan artist Jaime Gili will be making things triangular.
norwichgallery.co.uk Jamie Gili; born Caracas Venezuela 1972 studied University of Barcelona and Royal College of Art lives London.
art-omma.org - Speed and Painting by Jaime Gili
1. Parked Cars. Car design, car marketing, from arrows to vectors to computers, depicting motion in a moving object, 'go faster' stripes.
2. One movement, four directions. Duchamp, distortion, Bacon, Kandinsky, tension and harmony, the arrow an the machine, Picabia.