In Profile: Gregory Jessup

| April 15, 2013

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MM: WHO are you?

GJ: Gregory James Harrison Jessup.

WHAT the hell is your work about?

I am passionate about creating art that showcases the subjects’ personality and individuality. My last body of work utilised portraiture as a means of investigating gender constructs within the masculine identity. My new work will draw on the same themes; however, I will also be using still life to reinforce the identity of my subjects’ personalities.

WHEN did you realise you were in tune with the right side of your brain?

Although I didn’t totally pursue art making as a child, I first became interested in art practices when I attended school at Brisbane Boys’ College. Here, I took art lessons under the instruction of Adrian Hunter from 2001 -2005 and so began my passion for the creative industries.

WHERE do you draw inspiration from?

There is only one type of art that I particularly love. I am a sucker for the old masters; Titian, Rubens, Velazquez, Courbet. Their attention to detail is fantastic, but what I find most enchanting is their paintings that tell a story. A good narrative can enrich a painting and make it so much more interesting and special.

WHY do you create?

I create because it gives me purpose. It’s all I can ever see myself doing. Also I like the idea of leaving some sort of imprint or significant contribution to something during my lifetime.

HOW does the magic happen – creative process of candid creativity?

Usually I get ideas after I’ve been exposed to other art. There’s nothing like a trip to the art gallery, or talking to my friends about art to get me inspired. My creativity is derived from the places I have been and the experiences I have had.

Plans for 2013?

I am currently creating work for an exhibition that I am having at the end of the year in Melbourne. For my next series of works, I endeavour to explore and combine different genres including still life and portraiture as a means to better communicate particular aspects of the subjects’ personality.

So we can stay in the loop, what’s your dot com?

I try to keep the website up to date.

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