image of artistKnown for his monumental figurative paintings, Jason Lee Gimbel renders full figure works through abstraction-expressionist brushwork and vibrant colors. His instinctual approach, random use of color and mark making pushes figurative work to the edges of representation and, in some instances, into abstraction. These painted drawings breaking up the surface through a visual harmony that disrupts the partially outlining figures. Providing the viewer with a complex balance between the merger of the figure and background.

In addition to painting, Gimbel creates classically informed drawings. Often depicting the human figure with the skin removed to display the musculature. These écorché drawings borrow from Greek mythology, classical sculpture and traditional figure drawing. He incorporates visual metaphors that explore the ephemeral qualities of the yellowing and degrading newsprint on which they are drawn. There is a playful juxtaposition of these large scale drawings with larger than life size staples, magnets and thumb tacks. An optical perception is often associated with Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.

Jason Lee Gimbel is a fifth generation Coloradoan who graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver and studied Fine Art Drawing and Printmaking. Gimbel has participated in group shows in Denver, Colorado; Athens, Georgia; Astoria, Oregon; and the Manifest Gallery International Painting Annual publication in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also appeared in numerous shows with Space Gallery in Denver, CO. He previously hosted a non-instructive figure drawing workshop in Denver's RINO Arts District at Redline

Education

BFA, Drawing & Printmaking, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, CO

AA, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO

Exhibitions

2018in SITu: From the Artist's Perspective
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Denver, CO

RECONFIGURED II, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2017The Best of 2017, Winter Group Show, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

And Longing is Overthrown, ATC DEN, Denver, CO

The Temple Group Show, Platte Forum, Denver, CO

The New Nude | Issue 86, Poets and Artists, Publication
Curated by Walt Morton

Summer Issue 3, ArtMaze Magazine, Publication
Juror Bree Delian, Director & Head Curator of Retrospect Galleries

The Best of 2016, Winter Group Show, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2016Abstraction & Representation: Finding Common Ground
Windows to the Divine National Exhibition, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

INPA6, Manifest Gallery | Publication, Cincinnati, Ohio

Drawing Never Dies, Redline, Denver, CO
Jurors: Donald Fodness (artist) & Daisy McGowan
Director & Chief Curator of Gallery of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs

RECONFIGURED, Space Gallery, Denver, CO
Westword review by Michael Paglia

Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado,
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Denver, CO

2015The Group Show, Pirate Associate Gallery, Denver, CO

Vault: MSU Alumni Exhibition, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO
25th Anniversary of the Center for Visual Art
Westword review by Michael Paglia

Art&Soul | Soul Struck, Space Gallery, Denver, CO
Juror: Christoph Heinrich, PhD, Frederick & Jan Mayer
Director of the Denver Art Museum

Jason Lee Gimbel @ Pirate Associate Gallery, Denver, CO

2014Day To Day
The Temple, Denver, CO
Temple Arts Denver

Grand Re-Opening, 13 Years Celebration Group Show, Space Gallery
Denver, CO

For Loss of Wonder
Pirate Associate Gallery, Denver, CO
Westword review by Michael Paglia

COLLECT: The Art of Colorado Corporations,
Corporations in partnership with NINE dot ARTS
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Denver, CO

2013Local Showcase, Group Show, Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO

30², Summer Group Show, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

Museum of Broken Relationships, BMOCA, Boulder, CO

New Figurative Works, Space Gallery, Denver, CO
Westword review by Michael Paglia

Associate Members Group Exhibition, Pirate Gallery, Denver, CO

Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado,
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Denver, CO
Juror: Dean Sobel, Director of the Clyfford Still Museum
Collin Parson, the Arvada Center's Exhibition Manager and Curator

2012A Broken Line, Underlined
Pirate Associate Gallery, Denver, CO

Dia de los Muertos, Pirate Gallery, Denver, CO
Juror: Maruca Salazar, Director of Denver's Museo de las Americas

The Plastic Experience, Next Gallery, Denver, CO

Nudes Downtown: A Compendium of Art Inspired by Au Naturel
Light Box Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR

2011OCCUPY: This is What Democracy Looks Like
ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Inc., Athens, GA

SYZYGY, Sync Gallery, Denver, CO

Big Draw Little Draw, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO
Juror: Gwen Chanzit, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art
for the Denver Art Museum

Impact: a tribute to E.C. Cunningham, Red Delicious Press, Aurora, CO

The Sketchbook Project, Art House Co-op, Brooklyn, NY

20104th Annual Exhibition, Boxcar Gallery, Denver, CO
Juror: Jim Robischon, Owner, Robischon Gallery

Denver Modernism Art Show, National Western Complex, Denver, CO
Juror: Leanne Haase Goebel, Freelance Writer for Art Ltd.,
Adobe Airstream & Huffington Post

Warholove, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, CO

Merge: MSU Alumni Exhibition, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO
Best of Devner Westword Group Gallery Award 2011

Locally Grown, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO
Juror: Ken Hamel, Denver Arts Org

Body Worlds Sketches, DMNS/SCFD Booth, Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Denver, CO

Small Works on Paper, Penn St. Perk, Denver, CO

WoW Show, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO

Naked: Semi-Annual Exhibition, Boxcar Gallery, Denver, CO
Juror: Jenny Morgan

Metabolism: Solo Exhibition, Sync Gallery, Denver, CO

2009Kitchen Sync: The Group Exhibition, Sync Gallery, Denver, CO

Get into Sync: Grand Opening Group Exhibition, Sync Gallery, Denver, CO

TRACE(figurative), MSU Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

1998Regional Prints, Genre Gallery, Denver, CO

Artists at the 4th Story, 4th Story Restaurant, Cherry Creek, CO

Millennium Minumental “Pressed for Time”, Art Academy of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

Senior Honors Thesis Exhibition, MSU Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

Annual MSCD Student Exhibition, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO
Jurors: Gwen Chanzit, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art
for the Denver Art Museum
Kathy Andrews, Director, MSU Center for Visual Art
John Grant, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

BFA Thesis Exhibit, Metropolitan State University of Denver, CO

1997The Metro Art Guild Exhibition, Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver, CO

1996Cyber Markings, The Underground @ Edge Gallery, Denver, CO

Group Art Exhibition, The Colorado Gallery of the Arts, Littleton, CO

Collections

Lovely, Denver, CO
Rocky Mountain Warehouse Lofts Collection, Denver, CO
Westword review by Melanie Moccia
Mowry/Cara, Denver, CO
SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown , Denver, CO
  Curated by Martha Weidmann from NINE dot ARTS
Sanson, Boulder, CO
Koeltzow, Highlands Ranch, CO
Perry, Denver, CO
Paul, Denver, CO
Mancarella, Denver, CO
Garner, Wesminster, CO
Masa, Highlands Ranch, CO

Community Activity

Redline Figure Drawing Workshop Coordinator (2012-2016), Denver ,CO

2012One Square Foot: RedLine Bacchanal Fundraiser, Denver ,CO

Sculpture Installation Assistant
Denver Botanic Gardens: Kizuna-West Meets East, Denver, CO

2011Project Angel Heart: Art For Life, Denver, CO

2010Art Consultant for Paragon Theatre Company: (W)hole, Denver, CO

Ever Upward Gala Art Auction: Excelsior Youth Center, Denver, CO

2006Photographer for Frontier Astronautics Chugwater, WY

2005Sustaining Member, Denver Art Museum & DAM Contemporaries
Denver, CO

1993Sustaining Member, Tripoli Rocketry Association, Bellevue, NE

Composite Fabricator for Pawnee Aerospace Sciences Association, CO