Mariane Ibrahim to Represent Jerrell Gibbs

Jerrell Gibbs’ paintings have a balance of stillness and earnestness, an expressive way of moving freely between schematic abstraction and Black portraiture.  Mariane Ibrahim shares, "The gallery is delighted to welcome Jerrell Gibbs to our program of talented and defining artists. We have have been tremendously dazzled with Jerrell's ability to re-define portraiture, each work emphasizing historical elements, yet appear strikingly contemporary." 

The setting of the works act as scenes from history, retracing his family memories while examining the origin of his own life by representing intimate and often jubilant moments, affirming the multilayered experience of the African-American diaspora. His childhood in Baltimore influenced his perspective of socio-economics, body politics, race, economic disparities and their influence on one another. Through these figurative portraits, he accentuates banal representations of black identity by depicting empathy, inviting the possibility for a spiritual connection.

In 2019, the gallery exhibited works by Gibbs at EXPO Chicago and in Disembodiment, a group show currently on view at UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills, curated by Mariane Ibrahim, on view until January 25, 2020. His work is also on view locally in Baltimore in "Our World" curated by renowned artist Derrick Adams at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, on view until January 18, 2020. 

The gallery will present a solo exhibition of his work in 2021. 

January 15, 2020