The idea of psychological portraiture is central to Jason Boyd Kinsella's artistic practice and lies at the very heart of Fragments, the artist's first solo exhibition in London.
From a young age, Kinsella became fascinated by our individual psychological makeup, developing a keen interest in the Myers-Briggs personality test that is designed to break down our characters to specific sets of traits. He soon came to realise that it is the unique way in which these modular traits are organised that constitutes our individual natures. From this, the artist discovered a new lens through which to see people. Reflecting these notions, Kinsella's striking portraits reduce each sitter to distinct building blocks. The varying shapes, colours and sizes of these blocks are specific to each portrait and interlock in a multitude of different ways. For Kinsella, these raw materials do not mean much on their own, but together they begin to interconnect, uniting to form singular relationships. Softer and rounder edges come together to convey more gentle attributes, whereas strong lines and sharp corners communicate harder personalities. In this sense, Kinsella intuitively explores each of his subjects from the inside out, creating uniquely accurate portraits of friends, acquaintances and strangers in his own distinctive visual language.
Press release courtesy Unit London.