The Small Pop Up Gallery is proud to present the work of Tulsa Oklahoma artist Jesse Whittle. The Small Pop Up Gallery featuring Jesse Whittle’s work can be viewed at the offices of the PEI Council of the Arts at 115 Richmond Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
JESSE WHITTLE is a Tulsa resident. He received his B.A. from St. Gregory’s University in Studio Art. He has won several awards, including a purchase award at the Young New Collectable Artist show at the JRB art at the Elms gallery. Previously Jesse has taught art at Gilcrease Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art as well as 6 th , 7 th and 8 th grade at Mannford Middle School. Jesse has exhibited at a number of group and individual shows around the state, particularly in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
ARTIST STATEMENT My art practice is drawing and painting. In my work I create compositions that emphasize interrupted and implied forms. These forms are the result of editing. With each layer of paint I overlap or conceal, the painted surface is built up into uneven fragments. What’s left behind constitutes anxiety, apprehension and shame. I utilize multiple mediums including acrylic, watercolor, Chinese ink and spray paint. Recently, I have become interested in creating tension between approach and meaning. I aim to scrutinize my own sincerity, happiness and self-esteem in order to establish and distort my system of creation. The contradictions in my work reinforce issues of trust and self-loathing.
The Small Pop Up Gallery is a roving curatorial project in the City of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada that utilizes borrowed and found spaces to present contemporary artwork.