June  12, 2022/ July 24, 2022

Pigpen Punch

Royal Jarmon

833 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles CA 90013
Open: Tuesday – Sunday 11 – 6

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Over the Influence is thrilled to present Pigpen Punch, premiering a new series of paintings by Royal Jarmon.

Repetition is a recurring theme throughout Jarmon’s ever-evolving practice. In this new body of work, Royal incorporates childhood imagery taken directly from a drawing the artist made as a child. What was once doodled onto a piece of paper is now immortalized through the means of a canvas.

The title of the show, Pigpen Punch, aptly illustrates the stylistic quality of the work. The human-sized smeared and smudged blossoms wave to the viewer from the canvas, as if smiling from a garden or a green pasture. With the same blooms reiterated on each canvas, the artist creates a symbolic language to be understood by those sensitive to the subject matter–botanists, children, and anyone who has ever admired the beauty of a flower. It is not a naturalistic rendering, but rather a simplified symbol of a flower. Petals and pollen-covered centers are reduced to lines and circles: lines for the petals and stems, circles for the flower centers and leaves. The scale of the paintings allows for larger-than-life blooms, creating the illusion of walking through a colorful and nostalgic garden reminiscent of itchy grass, stained knees, muddy palms, and paint covered fingers.

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Royal Jarmon

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Royal Jarmon (b. 1986) employs oil, acrylic, graphite, and sometimes sculpture to express observations of the human condition.   Born in California, raised in the Midwest, Jarmon now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, USA. His work has been exhibited at Over the Influence (Hong Kong), The Hole (New York, NY, USA), Plus-one gallery (Antwerp, Belgium), Eric Firestone Gallery (Hamptons, NY, USA), as well a sculpture release with Case Studyo (Belgium). Select Publication features include: Cool Hunting, New American Paintings, Artmaze Magazine.  As well as residencies with Silver Arts in NYC and L21 in Mallorca, Spain.