J.B. (Jared Blaine) Nearsy is a largely self-taught, multidisciplinary artist working and living in St. Louis, Missouri. His experience with art as a viable career began in university art programs - he completed studio art classes in both southern California and southern Illinois, and was taught the basics of creating sound artwork. Graffiti art was also introduced to him early in his college career, which taught the artist lessons unique to the movement such as color relationships, abstraction with set parameters, and painting on a large scale. These learning experiences continue to indirectly shape and influence his work to this day.
Though Nearsy ultimately received degrees in accounting and psychology, he continued creating art for commissions and for himself over the next 6 years.
With a savings and assured commissions for the foreseeable future, Nearsy made the transition to a full-time professional artist in 2015. Within a few months, he was part of a group exhibition with original works in St. Louis, and began building a network of friends and mentors who would help cultivate his art and opportunities.
Nearsy has exhibited widely across the United States, as well as internationally. He is represented by Houska Gallery in St. Louis.
My primary motivation is to expose the viewer to an honest interpretation of perseverance, achieved through resilience by way of positivity. Life puts many challenges in front of us, often to outcomes that we do not expect. Not to say we will always be happy, sure, or even steadfast, but that we must try. Without an attempt, there is no means to a bright result. When we make efforts to look at situations with humility and good nature, we inevitably wind up better for it. A positive outlook builds on itself, creating more positivity and positive outcomes.
These current bodies of work are the direct result of maintaining this optimism. At its deepest level, my art relates to seeing the good or purpose in events and others. In this light, my work is, as a whole, an artifact of examining how to remain hopeful throughout struggle. I bounce around this near-paradoxical but attainable outlook in varying ways — viewing hope as pertinent, though not easy, with an open mind and without judgment.
B. 1982, Illinois
2019 (Yet to be titled), Parish Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2019 Impressions of Kansas City, The Hanger Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2018 Notations, Twisted Pair Gallery, DuQuoin, IL
2017 Environments, Houska Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2017 Neighborhoods, Concrete Ocean Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2016 Dilations of Nostalgia, Serendipity Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2012 Sprayful Days, Vergette Gallery, Carbondale, IL
2012 Confluence and Cause, Art Alley Gallery, Carbondale, IL
2011 Everyday Elements, The Gallery Space, Murphysboro, IL
2019 The Last Hotel Grand Opening Exhibition, The Last Hotel, St. Louis, MO
2019 2019 Summer Group Show, Houska Gallery, St. Louis, MO2019 2nd Annual Street Art Sale,
Link Auction Galleries, St. Louis, MO
2019 2019 Members Only Online Exhibition, International Society of Experimental
Artists, iseaartexhibit.org2019 Urban, Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building, St.
2018 Quadratfuß International Juried Exhibition 2018, Gallery 66, San Fidel, NM
2018 Symbolic, Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO
2018 Group Exhibition, Houska Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2017 International Society of Experimental Artists 26th Annual Juried Exhibition,
Big Arts Center for the Arts, Sanibel, FL
*juried by Jade Dellinger, Director of Bob Rauschenberg Gallery (catalogue)
2017 Eclipse, Art Hack Day, @4240 Building, Cortex District, St. Louis, MO
*installation in collaboration with Robin Rath
2017 Group Exhibition, Houska Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2016 Ceramic Tile Juried Exhibition, Pewabic Art Center, Detroit, MI
2016 Superstars, Houska Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2016 Bank of the Arts National Juried Exhibition, Craven Arts Council, New Bern,
2016 33 May Juried Exhibition, Old Orchard Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2016 Ruin and Revival Juried Exhibition, Framations Gallery, St. Charles, MO
2016 Art @Des Peres Hospital Exhibition, Des Peres Hospital, St. Louis, MO
2016 Driven to Abstraction Juried Exhibition, Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2016 Quadratfuß Juried Exhibition, NX² Gallery, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)
2015 The Small Show Juried Exhibition, Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2015 33 November Juried Exhibition, Old Orchard Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2015 Wine + Art, Centene Center for the Arts, St. Louis, MO
2015 Uprising, The Ready Room, St. Louis, MO
2015 Gallery Grand Opening, Clever Element Gallery, Carlsbad, CA
2015 Bold, The Ready Room, St. Louis, MO
2011 C4 Juried Exhibition, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL
*juried/curated by Paul Ha, former director at the Contemporary Art Museum
2018 Second Place, Quadratfuß International Juried Exhibition 2018, Gallery 66,
San Fidel, NM (awarded two-week residency)
2016 Honorable Mention, Ruin and Revival Juried Exhibition, Framations Gallery,
St. Charles, MO
Houska Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Angad Arts Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Mercantile Library, St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO
Ft. Myers, FL
Colorado Springs, CO
2017 Corporate Art Commission, color selection and application of 86 new
product color possibilities, Bloxels, St. Louis, MO
2010 - Present Private Commissions; various collectors, corporations, and
International Society of Experimental Artists
Volunteer and Teacher, World Pediatric Project
Volunteer, Little Bit of Haven, temporary medical housing
Ongoing artwork donations to charities and charitable auctions
Life at Southern. “Social House Mural Time Lapse.” YouTube. YouTube, 2 July 2015. Web. 19 October 2015
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