Influenced by years of travelling the highway back and forth between Halifax NS and Saint John NB with his wife and dog, Jack Bishop’s works are a departure from the realism of photographically representing landscape, and are rather more materially based explorations of paint with repeated motifs of his family riding in the car. Drawing from memory and by also channeling some favorite music for inspiration, the paintings have become like psychological self-portraits, where colour becomes transcendent; the paint carving light and space into abstraction. While this work has a more personal sentiment than what he’s made in the past, the appropriated song lyrics which he’s titled the works create a pop-culture reference that frames the paintings into a conceptual narrative; giving a level of atmosphere to the work and inclusivity to the viewer. Bishop likes to think about the paintings like tracks of music from a personal playlist you would listen to while coasting down the highway on a road trip.
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