Jaime Gil

Jaime Gil creates both paintings and object-paintings.  The works best described as object-paintings are the result of thick layers of encaustic that succeed in three dimensions as totemic or stele forms of great physicality that extend the two-dimensional description of painting into a category that is more sculpture or relief.  The technique of multiple layers begins with the application of  pigment varying in its transparency and thickness, followed by the melted bees-wax and natural resin infused.  The encaustic provides both transparency and opacity; it may be a velvety smooth layer through which the oil imagery appears or emerges, or the thickness of drippings reminiscent of melted wax or the honeycomb itself.  Encaustic also forces me to work quickly and spontaneously, before it cools down in forms often unanticipated or uncontrolled.  The presence of geometric formations both beneath and on top of the surface is used to secure the compositional integrity of his imagery, especially in the works on canvas.  The immediacy of the subconscious impulse is resolved into equilibrium through the repetition of forms and minimalist aesthetics that are in contradiction to the thickness of the final encaustic layer and its natural evolutions on the surface.

The play of technical and stylistic ambiguities present in my works gives the impression of colors hovering with a shallow field, as well as impenetrable depths of materials. However, despite these seemingly contradictory approaches to painting, the final result lends (itself) to quiet tranquility.  Each one yields a purely chromatic image or images, based on the tenets of abstraction that refer to nothing but their own physical presence and the process by which they came into being.