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b. 1990, United States

Marcus Jahmal Biography

Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Marcus Jahmal uses experiences from his own personal history and family heritage to create his evocative, dreamlike paintings and sculptures.

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Heritage

Rooted in New York, the artist grew up in Brooklyn, and continues to live and work in Bushwick. His family however originates from Texas, New Orleans, and the Caribbean. This rich Southern and Creole heritage inspires much of the imagery in his current practice.

Marcus Jahmal Artworks

Jahmal is self-taught and began painting in 2010 after a brief stint in the video game industry, His early work was completed in acrylics and often on plexiglass, with the artist initially rejecting the use of traditional materials. More recent work has been completed on canvas using oils.

Working on several canvases simultaneously, his large-scale figurative paintings are often dreamscape in look and feel. They are often also imbued with a sense of narrative, akin to film stills, as if each canvas is paused on a climactic cinematic moment.

The artist has cited Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini's Book of Dreams (2007)—which he came across while working as a research assistant at a video game development company—as having a marked influence on his work. He also cites the neo-Expressionists of the late 20th century as influencing him, noting he was especially inspired by frequent visits to the local Brooklyn Museum, as well as visits to art galleries nearby the gaming company he worked for in Chelsea.

Dreamscapes

His imagery ranges from abstracted compositions of humans, animals, creatures from folklore and skulls, to strange, dreamlike scenes. These include landscapes, like Crocodillo (2017), in which pyramids appear to be sliding toward the open jaws of an anthropomorphic crocodile god, and interiors, such as Dock at Dusk (2016), with its bewildering tilted perspective of an unsettling living room.

Musical Influences

Jahmal's practice is rooted in music, with both his family' involvement in music (his grandfather was a jazz trumpeter), and Brooklyn's hip hop scene influencing his work. Music is present in his painting compositions through visual references to sheet music and instruments. He has compared his choice and use of colour to composing melodies too. In his sculptural practice references to upside-down djembes, a West African drum, can be seen too.

Painter Turned Curator

Although chiefly an artist, Jahmal has also delved into curation, having curated two group exhibitions: Yard Show (2018) at Shrine Gallery in New York focusing on African diaspora artists, and Different Strokes (2021) at Almine Rech in London featuring fellow New York-based artists.

Collections

Marcus Jahmal's work is represented in collections across the globe, including ​​​Aishti Foundation, Beirut; Allentown Museum, Pennsylvania; ICA Miami, Florida; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California; The Perimeter, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Zuzeum Art Centre, Rīga.

Exhibitions

Marcus Jahmal has been the subject of both solo and group exhibitions.

Solo exhibitions include: Spiral, Almine Rech, London (2022); Mining, Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2022); GUMBO, CAC Passerelle Brest, Bretagne (2019); Solid Ghosts, Almine Rech, Brussels (2018); MetaVisions, CANADA, New York, NY (2016); and No Place Like Home, FiveMyles Brooklyn, NY (2016).

Group exhibitions include Fire Figure Fantasy: Selections from ICA Miami's Collection, ICA Miami, Floria (2022); Figurative Vocabularies, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California (2022); American Figure Painting Now: New Nouveau, Mao Space Gallery, Shanghai and Qingdao City Art Museum, Qingdao (2021); and 100 Drawings, The Drawing Center, New York (2020).

Website and Instagram

Marcus Jahmal's website can be found here, and his Instagram can be found here.

Articles

Articles on Marcus Jahmal have been published in various publications, including Brooklyn Rail, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.

Rachel Kubrick | Ocula | 2023

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Exit Strategy by Marcus Jahmal contemporary artwork painting
Marcus Jahmal Exit Strategy, 2023-2024 Oil and oil stick on canvas in artist frame
76.2 x 101.6 cm
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Screamer by Marcus Jahmal contemporary artwork painting
Marcus Jahmal Screamer, 2023-2024 Oil and oil stick on canvas in artist frame
76.2 x 101.6 cm
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Pyrocracy by Marcus Jahmal contemporary artwork painting
Marcus Jahmal Pyrocracy, 2023-2024 Oil and oil stick on canvas in artist frame
121.9 x 182.9 cm
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Hand of Guston by Marcus Jahmal contemporary artwork painting
Marcus Jahmal Hand of Guston, 2023-2024 Oil and oil stick on canvas in artist frame
121.9 x 76.2 cm
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Silencio by Marcus Jahmal contemporary artwork painting
Marcus Jahmal Silencio, 2022 Oil on polycotton canvas
122 x 91.5 cm
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Flight by Marcus Jahmal contemporary artwork painting
Marcus Jahmal Flight, Flight Oil on polycotton canvas
152.5 x 152.5 cm
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Lateral by Marcus Jahmal contemporary artwork painting
Marcus Jahmal Lateral, 2022 Oil on polycotton canvas
182.9 x 152.4 cm
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Intersections by Marcus Jahmal contemporary artwork painting
Marcus Jahmal Intersections, 2022 Oil on polycotton canvas
152.5 x 183 cm
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