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Jim Gaylord, Ages 5-13

A recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, Jim Gaylord makes paintings and works on paper, including pieces held in the permanent collections of the MoMA, the Aspen Collection, the West Collection, and the Progressive Corporation. Presented here is a portfolio of work spanning his early childhood, including a series of paintings composed at the age of five, a hand-sewn hood inspired by a dream about hands with faces, and a design for a pie-making machine dubbed “The Bunnser Bansa.”

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— Jim Gaylord, Ages 5-13

Jim Gaylord

“As a child, I lived at the end of a dirt road in rural eastern North Carolina. Our front yard was the shore of the Albemarle Sound, and adjacent to us was a farm next to a densely wooded lot that seemed sure to contain monsters. My mom had a ceramics studio in the guesthouse, and my dad’s paintings hung in our living room. Following their example, I began making my own drawings, paintings, puppets, and masks. A slightly paranoid kid, I saw faces in doors, the woodwork, and everything else, but they were mostly friendly. They made their way into my art projects, along with imagery from my dreams and my parents’ collection of National Geographic magazines, and the anatomical illustrations in our World Book encyclopedias.”