Artist Jesse Lane of RJD Gallery has been adding a number of feathers to his cap during 2016. For collectors interested in a quickly ascending star in the art world, Lane is one surely to watch.

Although the pictures by ascending artist Jesse Lane make a striking impression upon viewers at first glance, this perception is only intensified when realizing their medium: colored pencil. Indeed, some of the best artworks leave viewers perplexed at how a human hand could create them, and the effect is similar with Lane’s work. Often set against black backgrounds with intense tenebrist light, Lane’s figurative subjects are tightly cropped, forced close to the picture frame, and display dramatic expressions.

Jesse Lane, “Echoes,” 2016, colored pencil on paper, 20 x 30 in. (c) Jesse Lane 2016
Jesse Lane, “Echoes,” 2016, colored pencil on paper, 20 x 30 in. (c) Jesse Lane 2016
Jesse Lane, “Endure,” 2016, colored pencil on paper, 19 x 29 in. (c) Jesse Lane 2016
Jesse Lane, “Endure,” 2016, colored pencil on paper, 19 x 29 in. (c) Jesse Lane 2016
Jesse Lane, “Manifest,” 2016, colored pencil on paper, 30 x 20 in. (c) Jesse Lane 2016
Jesse Lane, “Manifest,” 2016, colored pencil on paper, 30 x 20 in. (c) Jesse Lane 2016

Currently, Lane has his work on view at RJD Gallery in Sag Harbor, New York, through December 15, but his current solo show is just one exciting occurrence for the artist in 2016. Most recently, Lane was awarded the Grand Prize from International Artist Magazine, and he will be recognized with a four-page spread in American Art Collector Magazine. Further, Lane won first prize in the juried exhibition by the National Society of Artists. Finally, he earned Best of Show in the Salmagundi Club non-member competition and was published on the cover of Colored Pencil Magazine.

To learn more, visit RJD Gallery.

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Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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