Jeremy Mann’s world is a place where pain, desire, and lust combine to project the realest parts of the human spirit. He embodies the grit and character of the urban landscape with a tone and color quality rivaled by few. Supported by a massive global following, his approach is a combination of menacing attack, fused with bolero romanticism.
Excerpts from L. Tucci
Dramatically and skillfully rendered, the cityscapes and figurative works of Jeremy Mann give visual form to the emotive essence of modern life. Mann’s paintings capture the tenor of these moments that characterize life in the city. Whether depicting the distinctive hills and winding roads of San Francisco, or the bustle of the city that never sleeps, Mann paints the heart of his setting confident, gestural strokes and brilliant highlights define his style. Any detail of one his cityscapes would almost certainly look abstract. But as the eye moves away from the canvas, dots of red emerge into rows of brake lights and slashes of blue signal the glow of neon street signs.
Mann’s works to manipulate paint in a variety of techniques, sometimes staining the surface of the canvas, using solvents to thin and remove paint, or exploiting the gritty quality of an ink brayer. The result is a personalized, expressive style.
Interestingly, Mann’s cityscapes are almost completely devoid of figures. His figurative works form a separate part of his artistic output and are just as masterfully executed. These interior scenes of women picture loneliness and ennui, self-reflection and melancholy, all expressed in a deeply sensuous visual language.
Though his work divides easily into these categories, a common theme underlies both. The modern city – dark, sexy, stimulating, seductive — is Mann’s true subject.
Jeremy Mann (b. 1979) earned his BFA in painting from Ohio University, graduating cum laude, and later earned his MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, graduating as valedictorian.
A Solitary Mann, documentary film by Loic Zimmerman / Don’t Come Knocking, 2015
American Artists’ 75 Greatest Artists of All Time, 2012
BFA, Cum Laude Ohio University, Athens, OH
MFA, Valedictorian Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA