Detachment: Jason Craighead Art Exhibition To Open At Flanders Gallery

Featuring all new works on paper, canvas, and installation. 

"compare me to no one," 76w x 80h, mixed media on canvas

August 9, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – Artist Jason Craighead’s newest works will be featured in a special exhibition entitled “Detachment” at Flanders Gallery in downtown Raleigh from September 2 through October 1.

The show will include works on paper in a full range of sizes up to 22w x 30h, several large-scale works on canvas, and an installation collage of small drawings and random text.

“Detachment” marks Craighead’s first major exhibition in over a year. It also represents a dramatic evolution in his work, which has been widely recognized for the layers of paint that seem to veil the brushstrokes behind them. The Raleigh News & Observer’s Michele Natale once wrote of his paintings: “Beneath the curtains of poured paint, edges of color and hidden activity hint at the processes of building and

"who thought of the heart," 22w x 30h, mixed media on paper

rebuilding…” The Independent Weekly’s Amy White has referred to his “insistent gestural layering of painted and pencil-drawn lines, which are in turn layered and brushed over with pale washes that read as fog or atmosphere…”

According to Craighead, events and self discovery over the past two or three years have caused him to begin lifting that veil, pulling the curtain back, and washing away the fog. This is immediately evident in such works for the show as “Compare Me To No One,” a 76w x 80h mixed media on canvas painting.

“I’m no longer holding anything back,” he said. “The new work is raw, powerful, and emotional. The layers are stripped off. My tears are right there to be seen. I’m making real, honest work because I’m inspired to do so, and for no other reason. It is both scary and thrilling.”

He realizes, he said, that the inspiration for this new work was a direct result of his systematic detachment – hence the title of the show — from gallery representation that he did not feel was supportive of his evolution as an artist.

“Part of getting myself in the right place mentally was getting myself in the right places physically, like Flanders Gallery. It has been so refreshing and inspiring to work with someone like [Flanders director] Kelly McChesney, who honestly values an artist’s creativity, truly believes in the work she represents, and completely supports her artists’ careers.”

The exhibition will include the work of artist Holly Fischer, whose white clay figurative and abstract sculptures will be juxtaposed against the backdrop Craighead’s paintings and installation.

The opening reception will be held Friday, September 2, from 6 to 10 p.m. Flanders Art Gallery is located at 302 South West Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. For more information call 919-834-5044 or visit

"individuality," 76w x 50h, mixed media on canvas

Jason Craighead is represented by Flanders Gallery and by Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst, NC. For more information about the artist, visit

About Jason Craighead

Jason Craighead is a recognized leader in the North Carolina art scene. His work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the Southeastern United States. He has received numerous awards and served as a juror for various art shows. He has been selected as Signature Artist for charitable art auctions, and his work has been featured in a number of publications, including Artists & Art Galleries of the Southeast. He has also been an active participant in the Raleigh arts community for many years and is a member of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission. For more information:

Downtown Raleigh Art Gallery Presents New Works by Jason Craighead

January 15, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – For the first time since October 2006, abstract expressionist Jason Craighead will present his latest work in a Raleigh venue when he joins artist Tricia McKellar for a special exhibit entitled “Microcosm/Macrocosm” to be held at the Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery in the Avery Upchurch Municipal Building in downtown Raleigh (222 West Hargett Street). The exhibit will open with an artists’ reception on First Friday, February 1, 5-7 p.m., and remain up through March 13.

Craighead, who recently served as a member of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission’s (RAC) 30th Anniversary Committee, will hang nine new paintings for the show ranging in size from approximately 16×18 to 80×80.

“My current work includes ideas on construction, deconstruction, revitalization, and the energies produced in an urban environment,” the artist said recently. “They’re not depictions of reality, but responses to the visual treat that is everyday city life within the structure and chaos that surrounds us. There is beauty to be found in the grit if we choose to be observant.”

The artist’s lasts Raleigh show was held at the former Glance Gallery on West Martin Street. He is currently represented by Somerhill Gallery in Chapel Hill, Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst, New Elements Gallery in Wilmington, Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta, GA, and Bucks Gallery of Fine Art in Newtown, PA.

A selection panel of visual arts professionals and member of the Arts
Commission select the artists whose work is displayed in
the gallery. The Municipal Building Art Exhibition program began as a means to support Raleigh’s visual arts community with opportunities to exhibit work in a visible and professional downtown location. For more information contact June Guralnick at 919-890-3610.

For more information on Jason Craighead, contact Kim Weiss at blueplate pr, 919-272-8615;