After painting my first five Occupy Oakland Paintings, my passion had only grown for the movement and especially my amazing new home of Oakland. I am still impressed by the strength, will and dedication of the people of this city. I am so proud of the people who organized,camped,cooked, cleaned, mediated, meditated, spoke up, spoke out, gathered, marched, laughed and cried. I am also very proud to be a participate and memorialize just a meager few beautiful sights I found around the camp.
Jirsa is a painter and textile artist whose spent the last few decades plein air oil painting across the US. Their art demonstrates a deep compassion for each place and its own unique beauty.
Originally from South Dakota, the artist has lived coast to coast, visited every state in the USA but Alaska and has plein air painted in over half of them!
“The grass isn’t greener on the other side it is just a different shade of green.” -Jirsa.
Creating the majority of their work outside on location, these thoughts along with the vibrant energy of the outdoor air, inspires colorful brushstrokes that capture the brilliance of a specific place with extraordinary depth.
The goal is not just an impressionistic tribute to the beautiful world that surrounds us but normalizing an elite art form and taking it to the streets to be enjoyed by the masses. The power of painting on location is the interaction and bond formed with the community and neighborhoods in which they paint. The painting itself then provides an instant escape to those who behold it.
Jirsa originally studied oil painting under Lisa Yuskavage in New York City and graduated from New York University in 1999 with a degree in Art Education. Based out of Oakland, CA since 2010, one will find Jirsa all over the Bay Area capturing historical places and movements, unique people, street corners and watering holes.
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