In 2016, colored pencil portraitist Jesse Lane had his first gallery show, which he called Face Reality. The morning of the show opening, the gallery caught fire, and $1.4 million in art was lost, including all of Lane’s best pieces. Each of his incredibly complex, photo-realistic pieces take more than 1,000 hours to create, so it was a really devastating loss for the young artist.
In spite of those heartbreaking beginnings, the artist persevered, and has now had another show at the newly-rebuilt RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York. The things this artist can do with colored pencils absolutely blow my mind.
Many thanks to Hal L. for sending me this one!