Jordan Casteel: Harlem Notes is an exhibition of recent paintings by Harlem-based artist, Jordan Casteel. These detailed portraits explore intimacy and the immortalization of her subjects.
Each painting hints at a treasure trove of stories and memories shared between Casteel and her subject. Perhaps as much autobiographical as observational, Casteel’s paintings are imbued with the tenderness of her gaze. Family, neighbors, patrons – all enter her studio through a photographic snapshot captured in the specificity of their space before being projected in paint onto the surface that immortalizes. Resting with grandeur on the canvas, the subjects penetrate in a scale that is just slightly larger than life.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.