Dec 3rd –
Dec 31st, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, December 6th, 6-9pm
Please join Charlene and Jaimon to celebrate the opening of his newest exhibition.
“My new series showcases the beauty of botanicals. I am visually inspired by the rich colors and intricate textures of plants, but also by the peaceful energy they radiate. These new works capture both of these facets of plants, giving viewers verdant tranquility.”
Jaimon Caceres grew up on a small farm in Western North Carolina where visual inspiration abounded. He began drawing at an early age and avidly developed his skills through his childhood. As a young adult, he put art on pause to pursue a career as a professional ballet dancer and later transitioned to retail management. Craving an artistic release, he began creating work again and started showing in exhibitions. In 2018 a pivotal moment came when one of his pieces won Best in Show at a juried competition among strong competitors. Following that show, he transitioned art from hobby to career and now works as a professional colored pencil artist in Raleigh, NC.
I am continually inspired by the images of ballet; sometimes a grand moment on stage, and other times a simple gesture in a rehearsal studio. My first series was a study on dancers that touched on all aspects of a dancer’s work: performance, rehearsal, class, etc. In my ballet training I learned to appreciate structure and the nuances of intricate detail. Working in pencil requires incredible precision, hours of technical work, and leaves little room for error. As my chosen medium, colored pencil has always given me a sense of familiarity to my time as a dancer.
After several years of drawing dancers, I began looking for new subject matter and found it in a trip to Paris. While visiting this enchanting city, I learned about the French concept of “flânerie”. This is a French word meaning to take a step back to marvel at one’s surroundings such as a city’s architecture and history, or the uniqueness of fellow pedestrians. A flâneur disconnects with the world in order to better engage with it. Capturing the essence of flânerie is an essential in my next series. These images recreate my memories of experiencing Paris, of walking onto the Esplanade du Trocadero and seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time, looking over my shoulder to see the sun setting on the Left Bank, or observing a quirky Parisian sipping an afternoon coffee at a cafe.
In all the work that I create, I am interested in recreating moments in life that are so beautiful and intriguing they force me to stop and take them in. Observation is an essential part of human existence, and frequently gets lost in industrialized cultures. I am constantly seeking to push the boundaries of what can be achieved with colored pencil, and to promote the importance of taking time to disconnect and appreciate beauty.