Jordan Sullivan’s gorgeous paintings, often small in scale, are the result of mostly self-taught experimentation in the studio. Combining some elements of collage, they are contemplative yet brim with just-contained energy. The images above are from two series, Lilac Fire and Lost Home. Find more at the links below!
Can you tell me a little bit about you?
At the moment I am based between in NYC and Los Angeles. I have a severe anxiety disorder. As an artist I am mostly self-taught. My education has been traveling, my friends, my various homes, and my family.
When did you first discover art, or realize you wanted to make it yourself?
When I was little we lived across from a row of apple trees. One day I picked an apple from one of the branches and ate it. When I was finished I planted one of the apple seeds back into the earth. I guess that was when I discovered art and it was also my first attempt at making something.
What ideas are you exploring in your practice?
Abandonment and loss. Disappearances. Searching for meaning within a void.
What is your process like?
My paintings are records of my process, but I don’t plan them out. I search for the image through the process. I move color and materials around. I add and subtract. I work on multiple pieces at once. Each piece is usually done when I feel like some part of it has a life of its own, when there is the illusion that somehow it may have existed without me.
What is your studio like?
What do you find most daunting, challenging, or frustrating about pursuing art?
The insecurity it breeds.
What are three words you would use to describe your work?
Lost and lonely.
What are you working on right now?
A body of work having to do with Downtown Los Angeles and Detroit.