New York based artist Jordan Casteel “elicits our underlying temperaments, shared and anew. Composed with gestural brushwork and bold swathes of color, portraits and landscapes alike offer honest evocations.”
I am most familiar with Casteel’s portraits of people. I admire and appreciate the relationship she has clearly forged with her subjects – the empathy and energy are palpable. Like the portraits of humans, “Nasturtium” also exudes the energy of life, as well as an urgency of new growth. I especially love this painting right now because it seems so timely – it is spring now in California and like this flowering vine, I can see beyond the confines of where I’ve been protected the past two years. I feel hopeful.
Casteel earned her BA from Agnes Scott College and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art. Her work has been exhibited at major institutions nationally and abroad. Recent solo exhibitions include “Jordan Casteel: Within Reach” at New Museum, New York, presented in conjunction with a fully illustrated catalogue published by the New Museum; and “Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze,” presented at both the Denver Art Museum and the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University. Casteel is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.