I was born and raised in Memphis and have been here my entire life. I have built and cultivated a very satisfying life and career as an artist. I think Memphis is a wonderful city full of history and culture with many positives and negatives.
Being born in raised in Memphis has greatly affected my art. I paint a lot of structures. I’ve always like old architecture and in the neighborhood where I grew up there were a lot of old houses. The people who owned them didn’t have a lot materially, so the houses were ramshackled, but still beautiful to me. It would amaze me how I could ride along the Parkways and see essentially the same house in different state of repair. When I was young I didn’t understand the impact of socioeconomics on communities. The people I knew were good people but I still just did not understand why their home and lives where such a contrast. Those houses made me ask a lot of questions.
Jared Small grew up in Memphis, TN. He is best known for his paintings of old dilapidated homes from around the American South. He also explores floral and figurative subject matter as well. The center of each painting focuses on a painstakingly accurate image, while the background dissolves into abstract elements that devise an emotional and dramatic interpretation of the subject. This technique allows Small to hypnotize the viewer into a dream-like state, caught between the realities of the obvious image and the possible mysteries that lay beneath the surface.