Jared Small

b. 1980, Memphis, TN
I’m trying to accomplish a dream-like state…I’m imagining other people’s memories – fading, but still there.
Magenta On White
Magenta On White

Since childhood, Jared Small has been captivated with the beauty of gentle decay in his surroundings. He sees the structure of the Victorian home, aging amidst the warm, lush vegetation of Memphis and the Delta region, as a portal into layered narratives of the past. Painting from photographs and his imagination, a sense of magical realism envelopes his compositions of homes, flowers, and portraits. These subjects become mysterious artifacts symbolizing the cycles of seasons, death, and rebirth. His surfaces are brilliant, glossy, almost glamorous - a marked but pleasing contrast to the peeling paint, sagging rooflines, broken windows, and wilting petals of age and dilapidation. Where the subject meets the background, realistic edges dissolve into a translucent, haunting abstraction, as if crossing into another realm. The viewer is lulled into a dream-like state, caught between the realities of the obvious image and the histories, memories, and possibilities that lay beneath the surface.

Jared Small is a native Memphian. He attended Overton High School and the University of Memphis, and has participated in numerous exhibitions in Tennessee, and a major solo exhibition at the Huntsville Museum of Art. His work is in the collections of Butler Snow Law Firm, Memphis; Commercial Bank and Trust, Memphis; Double H Farms, CT; Duke Aesthetic Center, Durham NC; Duncan Williams Inc, Memphis; First Bank, Nashville; Fidelity Investments, Raleigh, NC; HLM Venture Capital, San Francisco; Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL: Jones Clinic, Memphis & New Albany MS; LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis; M2M, Mobile Mercer Capital, Memphis; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis; Renasant Bank, Memphis; NSA Headquarters, Collierville, TN; Music City Center, Nashville; New Media Strategies, Arlington, VA; Pietrangelo Cook Law Firm, Memphis; Regions Insurance Headquarters, Memphis; St Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis; and Suntrust Bank Memphis, Headquarters.

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Magenta On White
Magenta On White
Black And Pink
Black And Pink
Pink Roses
Pink Roses
Pink Tulips
Pink Tulips
Yellow Roses
Yellow Roses
Pale Ranunculus
Pale Ranunculus
Poppies
Poppies
Hydrangea
Hydrangea
Magenta Peonies
Magenta Peonies
Red Barn
Red Barn
White Tree
White Tree
Green Bricks
Green Bricks
Ivy
Ivy
Buttercup
Buttercup
Pure
Pure
Casa Blanca
Casa Blanca
Magenta On White
Magenta On White
oil on panel, 47.5x35.5
2019
Black And Pink
Black And Pink
oil and resin on panel, 48x48
2018
Pink Roses
Pink Roses
oil and resin on panel, 48x36
2018
Pink Tulips
Pink Tulips
oil on acrylic, 36x24
2018
Yellow Roses
Yellow Roses
oil on acrylic, 32x24
2018
Pale Ranunculus
Pale Ranunculus
oil on acrylic, 32x24
2018
Poppies
Poppies
oil and resin on panel, 12x12
2018
Hydrangea
Hydrangea
oil and resin on panel, 12x12
2018
Magenta Peonies
Magenta Peonies
oil and resin on panel, 12x12
2018
Red Barn
Red Barn
oil on acrylic, 32x24
2018
White Tree
White Tree
oil on acylic, 32x24
2018
Green Bricks
Green Bricks
oil and resin on panel, 60x48
2018
Ivy
Ivy
oil and resin on panel, 60x48
2018
Buttercup
Buttercup
oil and resin on panel, 12x12
2018
Pure
Pure
oil and resin on panel, 60x60
2018
Casa Blanca
Casa Blanca
oil and resin on acrylic
2018