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Brad Jones

   

Spigot, 2013
Oil on canvas, diptych
30 x 24 inches each

Brad Jones is an ongoing collaboration between artists Brandi Twilley and Jennifer Rubell which began in April 2013. The name “Brad Jones" -- a loose reconfiguration of Twilley and Rubell's first names -- was imagined by the artists as belonging to the next sensational, aggressive American (male) painter.

The pair meet three times each week for two hours at a time to engage in live portrait painting sessions in which Twilley paints and a nude Rubell poses. The sessions have resulted in a series of oil-on-canvas work with tremendous range, from near-abstraction to explicit realism.

The painting/posing sessions serve as a private performance inside the collaborative's practice. As the usual roles of muse/model and author/artist are blended in Brad Jones, the traditional process of portraiture becomes a joint performance and the paintings become both documents and artifacts of these sessions.

The paintings address the role of traditional paintings and subjects in a manner that subverts the established positions of painter and sitter. As a record of a performance, the paintings carry the emotional weight of each session’s atmosphere and the subtle daily changes that occur. The paintings themselves stand as both diaristic record and witness to an evolving collaboration.

Gray Mouth, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
30 x 24 inches each

Covered Gnomes, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
48 x 60 inches each

Studio Lights, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
48 x 48 inches each

Red Ladder, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
36 x 24 inches each

Fuckface, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
30 x 24 inches each

Pink Bust, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
30 x 24 inches each

Fuckface Red Belly, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
36 x 24 inches each

Cord, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
30 x 24 inches each

Jennifer, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
36 x 24 inches each

Dirty Mouth, 2014

Oil on canvas, diptych

36 x 24 inches each

Gray Brushstroke Face, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
30 x 24 inches each

Pink Brushstroke Face, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
30 x 24 inches each

Brown Painting, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
30 x 24 inches each

Mop Bucket, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
36 x 24 inches each

Pink Nose, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
36 x 24 inches each

Blue Hair, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
36 x 24 inches each

Car, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
30 x 24 inches each
Green Pipe, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
30 x 24 inches each
Red Ladder II, 2014
Oil on canvas, diptych
30 x 24 inches each