Jori Foreman

Born in Chicago, IL

Artist Statement
My paintings are in constant metamorphoses through the addition and subtraction of layers. I pay close attention to little yet lovely happenings in my life and on my canvas. Even though I was trained as a traditional artist I have evolved into seeing things which converge and collide in an abstract sense. The grit of city life in Chicago has infused an urban graffiti-like style into my pieces - with drips and bold lines on my canvas. Combined with a landscape or topographical theme originating from my desire to have peace and quiet in a more rural setting, the style that emerges is a hybrid of my experiences and is ultimately a reflection of me.

In some of my recent work, I start by squeezing various acrylic paint colors on to my palette. Once these shapes have semi hardened I then scrape them off and apply them to my canvas. This technique enables me to create unusual paint textures, what I call "appliqued shapes of paint". I place these throughout my canvas to form a composition that I find pleasing. I then add bold lines and additional colors with my brushes. The inspiration for this technique came from the artist Beatrice Milhazes. I also gain new insight from Inka Sigel, Chloe Early and Jackie Tilestone, who incorporate imaginative landscapes with their signature markings and patterns.

Bio
Jori Foreman is a Chicago area native and has been painting since the age of 12. She received her BFA in painting from the University of Iowa in 2005. She has exhibited her paintings and stained glass in a number of local spots and art fairs. As of September 2010, Jori is an artist in residence at the Coalition Gallery in Bucktown. Jori is also a seasoned stained glass artist and is known for making contemporary window panels and ornaments, always with unusual glass and organic lines. In addition to her art life, Jori is a licensed Realtor as well as a promotional items distributor.

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Emanate Flow

Chipper
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Smidgen

Seasonings

Street Wad

Griffonage
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Nocturnal Emissions
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Quiet Happiness

Green Waters

Blue Haven
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Province

I Am Gentle
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I Am Not Alone On This Journey II

Come Together
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Purged Transmission

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Embody
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A Running Start

Isle
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Haven
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Visual Modality
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Accumulation
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Aggregate
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Arrangement

Tidy Wad
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Controlled Substance

Being Present

Brain Spill

Calm and Focused

Breathe Deeply

Inka On My Mind

Intentions

Mindfulness

Moving Forward with Gratitude

Monarchs

4332 North Hermitage, Unit 2E
Chicago IL 60613
Phone: (312) 242-1716
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