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Jordan Casteel, Jared, 2016


Jordan Casteel (b. 1989, Denver, CO) received her BA from Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA for Studio Art (2011) and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT (2014). Using her own photographs as a source, Casteel paints intimate portraits primarily of African American men in domestic environments and in street scenes. Casteel’s subjects are known to her, whether familial, from her local community or newly acquainted through the process of sitting for a photograph (such as “Glass Man Michael” who has a sidewalk shop on 125th street outside Casteel’s former studio at the Studio Museum in Harlem). With vivid tones, shadowy contours and swift, gestural brushwork, texture merges with color in compositions that remain fluid between figure, object and background. Though staged and sourced from reality, Casteel’s proportional and perspectival deviations cast her subjects in indicative surroundings that are treated with similar degrees of deference. Authentic in her representations, Casteel is astute in communicating temperamental identities through facial expressions, the subtle placement of hands, and informal stances. With frontal positioning and direct eye contact, the larger than life-size portraits level the playing field between subject and viewer.

Jordan Casteel has participated in artist-in-residence programs at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY (2015); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space, Governors Island, NY (2015); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2015); and is currently an awardee for The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, DUMBO, NY (2016). The artist has recently participated in exhibitions at venues such as Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina (2016); James Cohan, New York (2016); HOME, Manchester (2016); Vicki Myhren Gallery, University of Denver School of Art, CO (2016); Gund Gallery Gambier, Kenyon College, OH (2015); and Sargent’s Daughters, New York (2015) (solo). From 2015 to 2016, Casteel’s work has been featured in publications such as Artforum, New York Times, Flash Art, New York Magazine, FADER, Time Out New York, The New York Observer, Interview, and Elle Magazine. On January 28, 2017, Casteel will present a solo exhibition titled Harlem Notes at the Harvey B. Gantt Center, Charlotte, NC. Her inaugural exhibition with Casey Kaplan in New York is scheduled for September 7, 2017. Casteel is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University-Newark. She lives and works in New York.