Best Optimistic Emergence: Jerrell Gibbs

We occasionally find ourselves falling down a well of cynicism and hopelessness regarding the so-called “art world” and the notion of artists “making it” in a financially secure, non-exploitative sense (see also: “Best Continuation of Baltimore’s Failed Arts Economic Development Model”). So it’s nice when we encounter someone whose earnestness and drive seem to disrupt that, in various ways.  That’s how we feel about born and raised Baltimorean Jerrell Gibbs, a 27-year-old self-taught artist (he started painting just about two years ago) careening through with his own vision—his paintings borrow the character Franklin from the “Peanuts” comic strip, through which Gibbs explores issues like black masculinity, fatherhood, gender roles, and stereotypes, among many others. In his so-far-brief career, Gibbs has earned spots in shows at Space Camp, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and others on the horizon.

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