Jerrold (Jerry) Belland

2012 RAM Artist Fellowship Winner

Artist Statement
After years of art school training, exhibiting, and turning every corner I could to discover a new slant on my creative endeavors, I have come back to the place that I started.   I make paintings that tell a story.  In the postmodern art lexicon this could be viewed as retrograde stuff.  However, there you have it. I feel that I’m part of a tradition of storytellers that ranges from Giotto to Max Beckmann.  I have a special fondness for the era of Germany between the wars.

The work tends toward the sad, perhaps, or sometimes the mystical:  A young girl examines her flaws in a mirror.  Devils bound about in a room during a family fracas.  God swirls helplessly in the air as a young Lethario phones an interested female. The young and the beautiful act out the time-old patterns of narcissism, hubris, and self destruction. The old person’s wisdom goes unheeded.  

I have been told that there is a comic element in my work.  If there is, then fine.  Maybe it is my inner mind throwing water on the super-heated subject matter I often use.   Beyond the absurdity, the Joker is at work.

Biography
Jerrold (Jerry) Belland was born in 1947 to a farm family near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  His earliest and most enduring artistic influence was the Sunday Comics section of the Chicago Tribune

He graduated with honors in 1970 from the UW-Madison.  A Masters Degree followed in 1976 from the UW-Milwaukee.  

A public school art teacher for 34 years, Belland stayed involved in the art world and for decades kept long studio hours.

Today, he maintains a studio at the Racine Business Center where he cultivates a creative life.  This experience is, by turns, maddening, cruel, and emotionally fulfilling.

Visit www.jerrybellandart.net for more information about this artist.

 

Jerrold Belland
Self-Portrait, 2013
Acrylic on wood
54 x 14 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist
Jerrold Belland
Image of cartoon installation, 2012
Ink-jet print on wood
Photography Courtesy of the Artist
Jerrold Belland
Untitled Cartoon 6, 2012
Ink-jet print on wood
6 x 10 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist
Jerrold Belland
Untitled Cartoon 9, 2012
Ink-jet print on wood
6 x 10 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist
Jerrold Belland
Symbol Chart 3, 2013
Acrylic, ink, and paper
39 x 16 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist
Jerrold Belland
Trust Me, 2013
Acrylic on wood
54 x 14 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist