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painter, draftsman | United States

Jill Lear

Jill Lear - painter, draftsman

Jill Lear is an American contemporary artist who resides in Idaho. She trained at the New York Studio School in the USA and at La Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, France. Lear portrays landscapes, focusing on trees and their symbolic nature.

Trees as witnesses

Lear begins with a single tree in the landscape: ancient, complex, even grotesque, and a witness to history. She views her process as a mapping of the experience of being in and thinking about nature, and her work serves to transcribe the way we process the world around us. Lear is interested in how trees witness history and how these ancient trees provide a silent record of the past.

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An impressionistic approach

Lear begins with a topographic study involving measurement, proportion, negative space and positive forms. She also brings her impressions of the scene, considering territory, light, space and sound; she paints the experience, leaving only the major lines and colours of the landscape. Lear distils these elements to create a modern map of the ancient world of the tree. As with maps, she invites the viewer to consider what the white spaces might be concealing.

National acclaim

Lear has exhibited widely across the USA, on both coasts, and overseas in Switzerland. She has received several awards and fellowships, such as from the Drawing Center in New York. Lear has published a book of her work, Witness Trees of Texas, and her work features in numerous private and public collections.

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Drawings

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Tree Paintings

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Rock Paintings

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Watercolors

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Credentials

Prize

  • 2013
    Juror Award, Drawing From Perception ViII, Wright State University - Winner – Dayton, OH, United States

Group exhibitions

  • 2018
    Drawing From Perception VIII / Wright State University – Dayton, OH, United States
  • 2013
    Drawing From Perception VIII / Wright State University – Dayton, OH, United States
  • 2012
    International Contemporary Drawing 2012 / Place Suisse des Arts – Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2011
    Signs on the Road / Winkleman Curatorial Research Lab – New York, NY, United States
  • 2010
    Speak For the Trees / Friesen Gallery – Seattle, WA, United States

Solo exhibitions

  • 2017
    Arbores Venerabiles / Blue Print Gallery – Dallas, TX, United States
  • 2017
    Spontaneity Within Structure / Gallery Shoal Creek – Austin, TX, United States
  • 2017
    Arbores Venerabiles / Gilman Contemporary – Ketchum, ID, United States
  • 2016
    Texas Trees / Blue Print Gallery – Dallas, TX, United States
  • 2015
    Witness Trees of Texas / Gallery Shoal Creek – Austin, TX, United States
  • 2013
    Jill Lear + Katie Maratta / Gallery Shoal Creek – Austin, TX, United States
  • 2013
    Leap / Bank of America – Dallas, TX, United States
  • 2011
    Space and Place / Friesen Gallery – Ketchum, ID, United States
  • 2011
    Space and Place / Gallery Shoal Creek – Austin, TX, United States

Publications

Residencies

  • 2010
    Yaddo - Saratoga Springs, NY, United States
  • 2003
    Vermont Studio Center - Johnson, VT, United States

Permanent collection


  • Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, United States
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