Jimy Sloan’s new paintings explore figuration, and were completed with a recent Nova Scotia Creation grant. His painting practice has included source material from photographs, magazines, newspapers, public archives and the Internet, combined to create overlaid and interwoven images. These paintings became a way to create non-verbal stories, which relate places, events, characters, objects and themes. They were also an attempt to suggest moving images; an idea that is informed by painting, video and aural tradition.
In this new series, Sloan often explores figuration by containing an area of abstract mark-making with negative space in solid black or colour. In other paintings, the figurative elements are cut into the abstract painting with a sense of collage. Sloan also develops a sense of motion, with figures moving away or forward in the space.
Sloan begins his works with a manual painting process, then takes a photograph and moves it into the computer to experiment. Working digitally provides him with ideas of how to manipulate his paintings when he returns to the canvas. Throughout the development of his works, Sloan goes back and forth between the manual and the digital processes.
“I have been looking to establish essential figurative qualities as a way to describe form. This series is a sort of figurative record of process, an interpretation and manipulation of figures and spaces. This work is very much an extension of the work I have been developing and the search for marks I have been creating over the last five years,” Jimy Sloan.
Jimy Sloan is from Sackville, Nova Scotia. He graduated from NSCAD University in 2012 with a BFA, Fine Arts, Major in painting, and completed NSCAD’s New Glasgow residency program in 2013. He now lives and works in Prospect, Nova Scotia.