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(American 1947-) Jerry Duane Ott is an artist that is most
known for his photorealism work and creative use of painting
surfaces. Painting anything on anything and vice versa. His
latest technical development are paintings wrapped across
two and three dimensional surfaces. They range from drawings
a few inches wide to sculptural assemblages more than five
feet tall and eight feet long. His paintings are more about
the nature of art and the experience of seeing than about
the subjects they depict.
Jerry Ott is a true master airbrush artist and a leading
painter in the 'Photo Realist' school of painting that
emerged in the 60's. In the early 70’s Jerry Ott received a
great deal of attention in his career as one of two such
artists – Hilo Chen being the other - dealing exclusively
with the nude figure. If there ever were a subject ideally
suited for rendering by an airbrush, it would be the human
figure and the airbrush is the tool used to develop that
"feel" of the human body--skin that you think you can touch.
Ott's work has found international acclaim. His realistic
paintings appear in the art capitals of Europe, Japan and as
far a field as New Zealand. Among the prestigious
Institutions that have acquired his works are New York
City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian
Institution, Washington, DC, the Minneapolis Institute of
Arts and the Walker Art Center.
In his recent paintings, the effects of light and shade,
optical illusions, nubile woman and delicate flesh continue
to fascinate Ott. In "Pipe Dreams," he juxtaposes a pretty
but unanimated girl with three banal lamps which refer to
the mass-produced ceramic jars, vases and lamps sold as art.
In Ott's painting, however, the reflections in the porcelain
lamp bases and shadows that play across the skin are least
as important as the woman herself.