Psychedelic painter Jarvis Brookfield likes to delve deep into our psyches with his groundbreaking work; his latest exhibition is no exception.
Here at Creative Boom, we've been huge fans of UK artist Jarvis Brookfield's mind-expanding artworks for a couple of years now. So we were super-excited to get a glimpse of his work, which is about to go on show in London. And we're even more excited to share some of it with you here.
Titled Julanite, the exhibition opens at 67A York Street in Marylebone on 6 September, and promises to take the viewer on an imaginative journey through themes of spiritualism and psychedelia. It will centre around a series of large-scale paintings that showcase the artist's fascination with the inner landscapes of the mind.
As he highlighted in our exclusive interview a while back, Jarvis's art is a celebration of the boundless nature of the imagination.
His new collection draws inspiration from Henry Corbin's essay The Mundus Imaginalis and delves into the concept of a "place of images in suspense," which exists between spiritual realms and the sensory world: a 'place' that's as ontologically real as the world we perceive.
At the heart of the exhibition lie two prominent pieces, Julanite and Nagoram. Both were created during the late summer of 2022, the period which catalysed this latest body of work.
The overarching theme of the show centres around an imaginative vision of a jungle at night. That said, viewers are invited to leave behind representational perspectives and immerse themselves in a fluid, energetic, and amorphous narrative, where images are stirred and blown by an inner cosmic wind, becoming visible in the mind's eye.
Within this otherworldly ambience, the artist hopes that colourful and diaphanous forms will emerge from the depths, shrouded in mystery and alluring the audience.
Drawing inspiration from his explorations of the inner worlds of the mind, often revealed during altered states of consciousness such as visionary psychedelic, dreamlike, and meditative states, Jarvis extends an invitation to viewers to embark on their own journey of self-discovery.
In other words, he hopes the exhibition will help viewers acknowledge the mysteries of life, explore their inner worlds and contemplate more of the timeless and universal aspects of our shared humanity.
Artist and exhibition
Born in Croydon, England, in 1992, Jarvis spent his formative years in Derby and studied Fine Art at De Montfort University in Leicester. He's currently based in Leicester and typically works in oils or acrylics.
In 2021, he was awarded the People's Choice prize as part of the Robert Walters UK New Artist of the Year Award, where a collection of his paintings was exhibited at Saatchi Gallery in London. In 2022, he was commissioned by The World Reimagined to create a globe for their nationwide arts educational project.
Julanite is on show at 67A York Street Pop Up Art Gallery, Marylebone, London, W1H 1QB from 6-15 September. The gallery is open Mon-Sat from 12noon to 6pm.