Belland Headshot
GALLERY OF WORK
visit the artist’s website

Jerrold Belland

2012 RAM Artist Fellowship Award Recipient

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. Belland graduated with honors from the UW-Madison. A Master’s Degree followed 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 that is, in his own words, “by turns, maddening, cruel, and emotionally fulfilling.”

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 while 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.

Jerrold Belland

2012 RAM Artist Fellowship Award Recipient
Belland Headshot
GALLERY OF WORK
visit the artist’s website

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. Belland graduated with honors from the UW-Madison. A Master’s Degree followed 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 that is, in his own words, “by turns, maddening, cruel, and emotionally fulfilling.”

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 while 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.

Gallery of Work

Love Art?  You’ll Love RAM!

The mission of the Racine Art Museum is to exhibit, collect, preserve, and educate in the contemporary visual arts. Stay up-to-date about special events as well as support the mission of the largest contemporary craft collection in America:

RECEIVE RAM NEWSLETTERS
BECOME A MEMBER
DONATE NOW