The paintings of Jylian Gustlin are complex and layered. They draw us in with their strong shapes and figures and take us to a landscape full of mystery and ambiguity. Jylian is a true bay area painter in a contemporary redefining of what that means. Raised in the San Francisco area and shaped by the technology explosion of Silicon Valley, Gustlin brings a new sensibility to Bay Area figuration. With her background in computer science and mathematics, she has a heightened understanding of how studying patterns and layers on the computer screen helps her to lay down the bones of a painting while remaining loose enough to maintain an organic and painterly presence.
Mathematics and creativity seem to correspond to diametrically opposed tendencies of the human mind, but Gustlin’s interest in both has informed her paintings and given them an incredible strength. These paintings ring true. They have a compositional framework that the artist is able to move freely within. She is interested in rhythm and sequence as in her Fibonacci series, named for the pattern in nature discovered by the 13th century mathematician Leonardo Pisano. Not disconnected from that is her interest in proportion which was studied by Leonardo daVinci in his Vitruvian Man which incorporated the “golden rectangle”, a ratio that was found by Pisano in his series of numbers. This fascinating incorporation of classical proportion, modern technology and refined color sense give Jylian Gustlin’s work a sophisticated and exciting presence.
Jylian Gustlin is a native Californian. She was just short of a computer science degree when she turned to art instead, getting her BFA from the Academy of Art University. She is shown is galleries in New York, Boston, Charlotte, North Carolina and Canada.
In addition to her paintings, on canvas, Jylian has a series of works sewn on cloth that relate to her paintings, but have an added aesthetic of stitching and multiple layers of textures. We are looking forward to an exhibition of these works in the West Wing of the gallery in the near future.