James Deeb, "Royal Mayan, Naked" 2009, oil on board, 15" x 12"Today, the paintings and prints of James Deeb were installed in Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. Although the work is inspired by the decay of the world around us, the imagery is typically figure-based, which seems to raise the question of the mortality of humanity, society and self. The paintings are created in a thick impasto—resulting in a low relief surface with brushstrokes that flicker. The monoprints are haunting—produced in a flat graphic fashion. They're amazing images.
The paintings of James Deeb will be presented at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago through November 1. Previews begin on September 4th. An Opening Reception will take place on Friday, September 7 from 5:30-7:30 pm. All works are available for purchase. Gallery 180 is located at 180 N. Wabash—at the corner of Lake and Wabash—in Chicago’s Loop. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8am-8pm, Friday 8am-5:30pm and Saturday 9am-5pm. Additional information can be found at gallery180.com..