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Local artist Jeremy Mallov to display one-man art exhibit

Mallov uses a palette knife not only to mix his paints but also to apply it to the canvas.

For local Fishers artist Jeremy Mallov, it has been difficult for him to make his way into art galleries, mostly due to the unique aspects of his own art.

“Out of college, I was stuck between two forms of art. I did landscapes with very expressive colors and a lot of emotion, which unfortunately,left me out of many traditional and modern art galleries,” said Mallov.

Traditional landscapes, while somewhat expressive, tend to be more about replicating the reality of the situation. Modern art tends to view landscapes as too traditional. By bridging this divide, Mallov has created a difficult path for himself.

Mallov has been creating art for more than 10 years, first becoming interested while attending North Central High School.

“I choose subject matters ripe with meaning and metaphor. My Jamaican seascapes double as reflections on marriage. Venetian canals symbolize freedoms found and lost. Each landscape captures not only the look and feel of the location, but also the deeper meanings of what I was experiencing at the time and what the place symbolizes to me. I paint quickly, using drips, scrapes and other textures to hint at the randomness of nature,” said Mallov. “Capturing the truth of a scene has taken priority over capturing its reality.”

Next month, Mallov is funding, assembling and hosting a one-day exhibition of his work at the Billericay Park Building in Fishers.

“With the show, I am looking to create a connection between my local community and myself as an artist,” said Mallov.

Mallov, an art teacher at Amy Beverland Elementary in Lawrence Township, is looking to get more than exposure for his work out of the event. He is also hoping to create a learning experience for his students and a way to give back to the community.

“I have invited all of the students at my school, more than 600 children, to come and see my exhibition,” Mallov said.“It’s good for my students to see that I am, outside of teaching, an artist actually practicing his art.”

Additionally, Mallov is partnering with Fishers United Methodist Church’s “Come-To-Me” Food Pantry to make his event a food drive, as well as an art show. Canned food donations will be collected throughout the event.

“I’d like to get my name out there and really establish myself as a local Fishers artist,” said Mallov. “I want to show people there is a growing cultural aspect to Fishers, as well as a strong community.”

  • WHAT: Near and Far – A Jeremy Mallov Exhibition
  • WHEN: May 20, 3 to 6 p.m.
  • WHERE: Billericay Park Building, 12690 Promise Rd., Fishers

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