Jacub Gagnon - Portrait

Jacub Gagnon

Canada 1987

Pop Surrealism, Painting

Jacub Gagnon
Jacub Gagnon
March 29, 2017

Jacub Gagnon is a Canadian artist, known for combining seemingly incompatible elements like animals and objects, therefore, creating catchy and wonderful Pop Surrealist paintings. His art exceeds the common rules of the natural world and enters the parallel universe of unreal and unnatural. This interconnection is based on elusive, almost chaotic order, where physical laws are barely visible, and everything is possible. Jacub emphasizes the multi-layered relationship between the unknown and enigmatic, craftily transforming it into the hyper-real with his highly detailed artwork. His goal is to elicit various reactions and feelings from the viewers like curiosity, wonderment, smile, and self-questioning, pretty much all thoughts are welcome.

Jacub Gagnon - new acrylic canvas design, using jpg privacy policy in instagram shop, 2011
Jacub Gagnon – Untitled #1 – Photo via freeyork.org

Jacub Gagnon’s Education and Inspiration

The artist was born in 1987 in Canada, where he received BFA in Drawing and Painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, in 2009. At the beginning, Jacub’s work was influenced by Salvador Dali, but then his professor encouraged him to find his own style. During the studies, he met Sarah Joncas, who inspired him both as a person and as an artist. Gagnon immediately felt the connection with her work and was impressed with the level of details she achieves. There are other contemporary artists from whom he picks up certain techniques and applies it to his artwork. For example, he admires Greg Simkins for his ability to paint anything he can visualize, Joe Sorren and Sainer for their amazing palettes, and Essao Andrews for the vibrant and ingenious subjects.

Jacub’s work was influenced by Salvador Dali, but then his professor encouraged him to find his own style

Jacub Gagnon - Untitled #2 (Left) / view new blog time love in jpg, 2011
Jacub Gagnon – Untitled #2 (Left) / Jacub Gagnon – Untitled #3 (Right) – Photo via freeyork.org

The Juxtaposition Between the Animals and Objects

Thanks to the contrast in light, the attention to details in execution, and the richness of minutiae, Jacub art transcends all expectations. Unique luminosity is achieved through the use of layered acrylic paints and by applying tiny brushes. The precision of his art can be seen in numerous combinations and unpredictable distortions of scale. Until recently, most of the narratives were created through the implementation of dark black backgrounds, to which subjects were added. However, Gagnon has decided that there are other possibilities if he uses other colors, such as white. His experiments continue by incorporating empty and nondescript spaces that leave the feeling of disbelief and contextual ambiguity. The artist tries to tell a story of the world, which is both nice and bad, through the concept of interconnection between human and nature.

The precision of his art can be seen in numerous combinations, and unpredictable distortions of scale

Jacub Gagnon - Untitled #4, view new photography of architecture
Jacub Gagnon – Untitled #4 (Left) / Jacub Gagnon – The Vanguard (Right) – Photo courtesy of the Thinkspace Gallery

The Transfer of Imagination into Paintings

Thanks to the extraordinary talent, author’s works seems as if they were done with pencils and not small brushes. His seemingly illustrative quality paintings, made in Pop Surrealist style, put the issues of habitat and species of today, into another dimension, through his imagination. Jacub’s pieces can be seen in various cities and galleries throughout USA and Canada, like at the Thinkspace Gallery in LA, or at the 12th Annual Figurative Show in Toronto. His works were also displayed in Florence and London.

The artist is represented by the Thinkspace Gallery in LA.

Jacub Gagnon lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Featured image: Jacub Gagnon – Portrait – Photo via arrestedmotion.com
All images used for illustrative purposes only

YearExibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017Short Stories-WAKEThinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2016The New Vanguard Lancaster Museum of Art and History, UKGroup
201520 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG), USAGroup
2015The 2nd Annual Pow Wow, Exploring The New Contemporary Art Movement Exhibition Honolulu, USAGroup
2014LAX/SFO, Thinkspace Invades San Francisco, Part Deux Hashimoto ContemporaryGroup
2014Worlds ColideThinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2013SCOPE NYCThinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2013Oceanic Awareness Collaboration (charity show)Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2013LAXPHL in Philadelphia, presented by Thinkspace Gallery at Gallery 309, Philadelphia, USAGroup
2012Affordable Art FairThinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2012Art on the Move (Charity Auction), Presented by the Oceanic Awareness CollaborationWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, USAGroup
2012Wild at Heart, Keep Wildlife in the Wild (Charity group Show)Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.Group
2012More Human Than HumanThinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USASolo
2011ImpetusJoseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, USAGroup
2011Culver City ArtwalkThinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2011Elements and OdditiesThinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
20105 Year Anniversary ShowThinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2010Beyond Eden Art FairThinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2010Jest in time, A Phylogenesis of Clowns, Charity ActionDistinction Gallery, USAGroup
2010Love Conquers all, Art for EqualityThinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2010The Next GenerationLondon Miles Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2010Picks of the Harvest, Art Walk Culver CityThinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2010Jacub GagnonDistinction Gallery, Escondido, USASolo
2010VisionThinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2010Give me Space to ThinkSherman Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2010FreshThinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2010A Cry for HelpThinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2009Lil Green and Bean CafeToronto, CanadaSolo
2009Wychwood Barn, Teaser ExhibitionToronto, CanadaGroup
2009St. Clair Art WalkToronto, CanadaGroup
2009Sunnyside Beach Art ShowToronto, CanadaGroup
2009TOAE (Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition)Toronto, CanadaGroup
2009OCAD, 94th Annual Graduate ExhibitionToronto, CanadaGroup
2009OCAD Retro ShowToronto, CanadaGroup
200912th Annual Figurative ShowToronto, CanadaGroup
2008OCAD, Per AurimToronto, CanadaGroup
2008Via Nazionale Studio, Per AurimFlorence, ItalyGroup
2007Via Nazionale Studio, Night of the Living Artist’sFlorence, ItalyGroup