Acrylic on Paper Board.
Framed 12" x 12".
Jesse Mireles - Toledo Artist
Nature is my fountain of inspiration. It motivates me with images, textures and colors in rare and infinite compositions. My paintings are, for the most part, expressions of those abstract influences that I find in nature.
BiographyAs a visual artist, Jesse Mireles is a painter, a printmaker and graphic designer. He was born in Mexico but grew up in Toledo. He studied art and graphic design in high school; painting, graphics and printmaking at the University of Toledo. Art has been his life's work, his recreation, his sanctuary. It has been his livelihood, primarily as a graphic designer, an art form that has honored him with numerous national and international awards and exhibits including a solo show at National Center for Nature Photography.
His paintings are abstract expressionistic works, executed in bold color applications of medium. His prints and collages are graphic, figurative abstracts. With skills honed from block printing, lithography, and monotypes, Mireles applies those principles to create hand-drawn giclées that are printed with archival quality inks on fine art papers.
As a child, Mireles' early art influences were the colorful Mexican folk art on paper, pottery and fabric that adorned his home. As a teen in search of self identity, he was inspired by the work of the great Mexican muralists, Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orosco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Later, as a young artist, he was highly attracted to European and American Expressionists. He was drawn especially to the work of German artist, Franz Marc, by Marc's use of color and to his beautiful portrayal of the natural world.
Today, more than ever, he is influenced by the natural world around him, whether in the Great Lakes Region where he lives or places where he travels along the rugged coast of Maine, the American Southwest, Canada and his native Mexico. Everywhere are influences for new compositions. Sometimes those inspirations are in clouds or reflecting waters, but sometimes in the faces of people he meets.
As nature has profoundly influenced and inspired Mireles to paint, it is his wish that his paintings, prints and collages will help us be more aware of the wonders of our natural world and remind us to do more to protect it.
Mireles' work has exhibited in recent years as listed below and has also exhibited at the Toledo Area Artist Exhibit, the Toledo Arts Commission Roots of Diversity Exhibits and at other various exhibitions and galleries. He lectures, consults and has served on design and art review panels for the Toledo Arts Commission and the Ohio Arts Council based in Columbus Ohio.
Jesse Mireles is also a guitarist and singer, songwriter with a repertoire of songs in English and Spanish. He is married to artist and writer, Allen Mireles, mother of his firstborn son, singer songwriter, Gabriel Mireles of Boston and of younger son, Alexander Mireles, a visual artist and web designer, living in Los Angeles. And, on any given day a stray cat or dog may also find itself a new member of the Mireles family.
2021 Collector's Corner Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
2020 Mireles-Reed Exhibit (Jan-Jun), Gallery 1111, Toledo, OH
2019 Summer Show (Jul-Aug), Boothbay Region Art Foundation, Boothbay Harbor, ME
2019 Hutson Gallery Season Exhibition (May-Oct), Hutson Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2019 Summer Show of Art (Jun-Aug), Marcia Evans Gallery, Columbus, OH
2019 Collector's Corner Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
2018 Summer Show (Jul-Aug), Boothbay Region Art Foundation, Boothbay Harbor, ME
2018 Hutson Gallery Season Exhibition (Jun-Oct), Hutson Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2018 Summer Show of Abstracts (Jun-Aug), Marcia Evans Gallery, Columbus, OH
2018 Grid Solo Exhibit (Apr-May), Marcia Evans Gallery, Worthington, OH
2018 Collector's Corner Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
2018 Lake Area Artists Solo Exhibit (Mar), Celina Main Library, Celina, OH
2018 Lake Area Artists Group Exhibit (Jan-Mar), Collective Center, St. Mary's, OH
2017 Winter Show (Dec), Marcia Evans Gallery, Columbus, OH
2017 Faces of My Community (Sept), ArtPrize 9, Grand Rapids, MI
2017 Hutson Gallery Season Exhibition (May-Oct), Hutson Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2017 Summer Show of Abstracts (Jun-Aug), Marcia Evans Gallery, Columbus, OH
2017 Solo Exhibit (Jan-Mar), Design Matters Gallery, Columbus, OH
2016 ArtPrize 8, Red Tide (Sept), Lemmon Holton Pavilion, Grand Rapids, MI
2016 Solo Exhibit (May), Design Matters Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Creative Natives Exhibition (Nov), Toledo School for the Arts, Toledo, OH
2015 Solo Exhibit Gallery on Six (Aug), Secor Building, Toledo, OH
2014 Solo Exhibit (Feb-Aug), The Registry, Toledo, OH
2013 Without Borders Exhibition (Sept-Aug), The Secor Gallery, Toledo, OH
2013 Just Us Group Show (Jan), Bozarts Gallery, Toledo, OH
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