JP Long’s sculptures and canvasses are on the brink of movement. Glass tendrils seem to stretch away from monumental frames. Planes of color might slip back into folds of curved steel. Patterns appear to reconfigure themselves against geometric backdrops. Bold, intimate, and imaginative, [[Long’s artwork evokes artistic tradition but is rooted in the contemporary now.]]
JP Long is a widely collected sculptor and artist residing in the San Francisco Bay Area; he is represented by fine art galleries in Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Sonoma, Palm Desert, and Toronto. Born in Boston, MA, he studied jewelry/metal arts at California College of the Arts. For over a decade, he has worked with internationally acclaimed artist Bella Feldman and shares studio space with her in Oakland, CA.
Long’s career launched in the mid-2000s with a series of large glass-and-steel sculptures brimming with tensions and unexpected harmonies. Impressed by the force of primary colors, he added planes of color to his steel sculptures—to striking effect. Long also developed a series of canvasses parallel to his sculptural work, featuring breathtaking oxidation and carbon patterns, most recently against bold fields of color.
Resonant with modernist geometry and a minimalist aesthetic, Long’s artwork probes spectrums of serendipity and structure. Controlled experimentation lends texture to his work—e.g., handblown glass in his sculptures or unpredictable oxidation and carbon patterns in his canvasses. This technique, along with their eye-catching compositions, electrifies the pieces with a sense of impending animation. In his ongoing investigation of form, mass, and movement, Long imaginatively negotiates the physical capacities, as well as the conceptual opportunities, of his diverse materials.
JP Long is represented by Sandra Ainsley Gallery, located in Toronto, the leading contemporary glass art gallery in Canada.