Jack Bishop

Jack Bishop paints brandscapesartificial business park landscapes teeming with nameless highways and late capitalist branding that coalesce into a Geography of Nowhere. Like many suburban teens, Bishop "did a lot of driving around just 'cause there was nothing else to do," he says. Our eyes wander through his paintings like someone meandering aimlessly through the sprawl. We become lost in a maze of familiarity. The strange perspective and thick paint handling call to mind Wayne Thiebaud's streetscapes while still feeling fresh and from this century.

Yellow Curb  , acrylic on canvas, 2012

Yellow Curb, acrylic on canvas, 2012

>>>>>>>>>  , oil and acrylic on canvas, 2017

>>>>>>>>>, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2017

In ">>>>>>>>>" (2017) we see a tight cluster of strip malls and shopping centers receding towards dueling sunsets. The painting has obviously been collaged from multiple images but it remains unclear where the edges end or begin. McDonald's golden arches, that iconic signpost of North American highways, appears here no less than three times.

2 Gasbars  , oil and acrylic on canvas, 2017

2 Gasbars, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2017

Speed Trap  , acrylic on canvas, 2016

Speed Trap, acrylic on canvas, 2016

Bishop's 2016 painting, Speed Trap shows a group of cars on a highway passing a police car on the shoulder at dusk. The colors are muted- everything keyed to the luminous red of the brake lights, all of which shine brightly. The paint handling is simple and deft— leaving many details to be imagined, like a memory or a dream.

Value Village Doritos  , acrylic on canvas, 2016

Value Village Doritos, acrylic on canvas, 2016

Tim Horton’s with Green Rain  , acrylic on canvas, 2011

Tim Horton’s with Green Rain, acrylic on canvas, 2011

Tim Horton’s with Green Rain (2011) is notable for the way the green of the rain acts as both surface and image. It's an interference pattern like looking through mesh or fencing. But somehow, despite the green-ness of the paint or the thickness of the strokes, it still feels like rain.

Coffee and a Muffin  , acrylic on canvas, 2015

Coffee and a Muffin, acrylic on canvas, 2015

Jack has a solo exhibition, A Traditional Stopping Place, during the Manif d’art 9 Biennial in Québec city, which will be up through April 21st. He was also a recent recipient of an Arts Nova Scotia grant which he says will go towards a solo exhibition this spring at Studio 21 in Halifax. Follow along on Instagram @j.bish