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Jessa Gilbert

Vancouver, Canada

Jessa Gilbert is a visual artist based in Vancouver, Canada. Originally from New York, Gilbert uses painting as a primary means of articulating movement and action. Gilbert graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Studio Art, Art History, and Sociology. With a background in competitive freestyle snowboarding, product testing, and a foot firmly planted in the Outdoor Industry she has investigated similarities and areas for overlap between the two seemingly divergent fields of interest.

Gilbert's artwork employs color, shape, and line to create a rhythm emphasizing change within each artwork. Each painting captures­ an expression of motion, drawing influence from ways in which objects and figures move through space and time, depicting a history of action coming together on the same plane at the same time. Extracting hues from nature and travels, Jessa’s inspiration comes from Futurist and Cubist art, as well as how we as individuals interact with, and move through, their surroundings.

Gilbert constantly balances her love of exploring the outdoors and her affinity for art and painting; her artworks constantly look outward, whether it be to bright hues drawn from outdoor apparel, a flurry of activity from athletes and individuals in motion, or the carving of natural resources to create recreation areas. Jessa’s work has been exhibited internationally, notably in New York, Vermont, California, Montreal and Vancouver.