Bill Jehle Projects

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  • westcliffe watercolors

    Mostly walking around our place, working up a little watercolor sketch, taking a picture, wrapping it up after lunch. One might call it lazy as far as traveling to the scenic wonders of the Sangres and other parts of the Wet Mountain Valley but dramatic landscape features were not what I was interested in that […]

  • sit on these for a bit

    I was trying for a slightly more elemental expression. I like looking at dense multilayered jams but I was trying for a pulled back, cooler and maybe slightly more elegant image.


    I made a pile of both drawings and paintings based on an abstract conception of human chakra system. I won’t go into what that is-if you don’t know give it a quick google. My drawings (I called them CANDLES) looked kind of like this on the right: I have 30 more or less of these […]

  • exalted objects: solitary and terrible

    Riffing on Roland Barthes: The object in view assumes an exalted place:  modern painting is a painting of the object. In it, Nature becomes a fragmented space, made of objects solitary and terrible because the links between them are only potential. Nobody chooses them for a privileged meaning, or a particular use, or some service; nobody […]

  • Suite of Six Etchings at El Morro Editions

    in 2012 we produced a small suite of six etchings at el moro editions studio in los osos, ca


    I revived this painting from 1976. I pulled it out of the drawer where it’s been laying for almost 40yrs. I always liked the piece and thought I would come back to it sometime and flesh out the issues it raised. It had some elements of that cool detachment that was popular in some abstract […]

  • Constance Mallinson on the Meditation Drawings

    The graphic works of Bill Jehle have many art historical antecedents from the hybrid creatures of Hieronymous Bosch to Surrealism’s automatic writing and stream of consciousness imagery, German Expressionist caricatures, the ink drawings of Picasso, Jackson Pollock’s swirling cosmic seas, and more recently, the head comics of the psychedelic age. As with most contemporary art, […]

  • Unter Eichen

    Under Oaks is a series That came about from living in an oak forest here in Topanga. Our property is host to at least 80 imposing Coast Live Oaks (and they host us). The Chumash, I heard, called them “los dedos del diablo.” After living here awhile you begin to understand why Quercus agrifolia are […]

  • Brian McNeece on Leonidas

    Leonidas, June 9, 2012 I don’t have an emotional response when I first see it. Like some people, because of the many pencil lines left from the drafting stage, I tend to think that it’s not finished. The painting is a profile view of the whole dog cut with pencil lines in very complex geometric […]

  • Leonidas, King of Dogs

    Leonidas: Named after the great king of the Spartans elected to defend Greece from the combined armies of Xerxes at Thermopylae in 481BCE. For you, inhabitants of wide-wayed Sparta, Either your great and glorious city must be wasted by Persian men, Or if not that, then the bound of Lacedaemon must mourn a dead king, […]