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Bivium: Where Your Path Meets That of Jylian Gustlin

I am licking my lips over these luscious figurative paintings, and the way they are set into their abstract backgrounds. I was totally captivated by artist  Jylian Gustlin‘s arrangement of these pieces into sets, and the evocative names she assigned them:

Bivium: {A Place Where Two Paths Meet} Kyros: {Timelessness} Quidam: {A solitary figure lingering, One who cries out, sings and dreams within us all} Terrigenus: {Born From The Earth}

Bivum 18~by Jylian Gustlin (used with permission)


As her bio states:

Figures have always been an important part of Gustlin’s repertoire. Her characters are frequently set in an alien-like landscape, moody and brooding, yet at the same time, depicting a sense of future. Jylian has been influenced by a lifelong love of the Bay Area Figurative artists.

She divulges more of her thinking around this on her blog, in a rather poetic way:

My subjects evolve as my interests change, the figure has always been mainstay in my art as I have always been fascinated with the human condition: A nameless passer-by. A solitary figure lingering on a street corner. A person rushing past. Someone coming, going, living in our anonymous society. A member of the crowd, one of the silent majority. Anyone who screams, dreams and sings inside us. A person who lives lost amidst the crowd. A monument stands the moment in music when all instruments are in harmony. An old self to the left, the new to the right. A vividly surreal world. The view of wider, longer roads and pathways fades with the mist invading ones mind.

This is a very rich site, well worth an investment of your time. Particularly fascinating, for me, was the concept section, where Gustlin creates digital sketches to inform new paintings. She applies a similar approach in her photo section: photographs morph into paintings, or sketches for paintings.

Gustlin is also fascinated with exploring how science and mathematics intersect with the arts, particularly Fibonacci mathematical theories.


Fibonacci 147~by Jylian Gustlin (used with permission)


She is in exalted company, because mathematics and art “have a long historical relationship.”

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dalí, Mondrian, Albrecht Dürer, and M.C. Escher all spring to mind, as does Fractal Art.

Studying Jylian’s work may well elicit the same reaction in you that it did in me, and it will  “sing within us.”

#Fibonacci #figurepaintings #MCEscher #Fibonaccimathematicaltheories #LeonardodaVinci #FractalArt #SalvadorDali #Mathematicsandart #AlbrechtDürer #JylianGustlin #Mondrian

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