Personality Types Emerge Through Colorful, Fragmented Shapes in Jason Boyd Kinsella’s Portraits — Colossal

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#cubism
#Jason Boyd Kinsella
#oil painting
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#portraits
#psychology

September 29, 2023

Grace Ebert

“Geordie” (2023), oil on canvas, 145 x 120 centimeters. All images courtesy of Unit London, shared with permission

In Anatomy of the Radiant Mind, Jason Boyd Kinsella considers what lies beneath the surface of our online identities and public-facing personas. The Canadian artist conjures a cast of characters, each based on distinct Myers-Brigg personality types to which he attributes unique colors, shapes, and sizes that comprise his figures. Working in what he describes as “fleshless portraiture,” Kinsella focuses on the intricacies of the human brain and emotional states, all conveyed through Cubist forms.

On view next month at Unit London, Anatomy of the Radiant Mind presents large-scale oil paintings and sculptures that, together, question dimension and depth. How can we understand one another when viewed through the flatness of social media? What do we lose when we’re not sharing a physical space? These questions surround the works, each of which is titled with the subtle anonymity of a single, given name like “Geordie” or “Lukas.”

To create the portraits, Kinsella begins with a preliminary structural sketch on paper and then translates his figures to canvas. He stacks three-dimensional triangles, cylinders, spheres, and blocks into facial features before applying vivid color. “Howard,” for example, exudes an aggrieved energy with a curved body in black and glowering expression, while “Kate” is dainty, her shapes stacked into a slim, pastel-hued tower.

Anatomy of the Radiant Mind runs from October 3 to November 4. Find more from the artist on Instagram.

 

two cubist portraits composed with geometric color blocked shapes

Left: “Howard” (2023), oil on canvas, 120 x 100 centimeters. Right: “Patricia” (2023), oil on canvas, 145 x 115 centimeters

a cubist portrait composed with geometric color blocked shapes

“Lukas” (2023), oil on canvas, 185 x 155 centimeters

a cubist portrait composed with geometric color blocked shapes

“Kate” (2023), oil on canvas, 120 x 100 centimeters

a cubist portrait composed with geometric color blocked shapes

“Rich” (2023), oil on canvas, 120 x 100 centimeters

a cubist portrait composed with geometric color blocked shapes

“Lane” (2023), oil on canvas, 120 x 100 centimeters

#cubism
#Jason Boyd Kinsella
#oil painting
#painting
#portraits
#psychology

 

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