My first solo show had ended at RJD Gallery, my new gallery in Sag Harbor, New York. A fire broke out around 6 o'clock the next morning, with my art still hanging on the walls. The gallery, along with seven other businesses, was destroyed. I first heard about it on Facebook, and it was painful watching the video of firefighters fighting trying to put out the blaze, thinking about my art being consumed.
Thankfully, no one was injured and I'm extremely grateful that tw
I am so grateful to all the people supporting me in this tough time — my colored pencil peers, my family, my social network and my gallery family. The gallery's owner, Richard Demato, witnessed the fire and has worked tirelessly with insurance companies, media and the artists throughout this ordeal. What’s more, the gallery plans to reopen a new brick and mortar space in Bridgehampton, New York, on March 1st. Thankfully, I have five pieces from my studio to share. They’re also busy updating websites like Artsy, Artnet and 1st Dibs to reflect the available works.
After a year filled with numerous awards, unprecedented recognition and inclusion in a wonderful gallery alongside artists I respect and admire, it’s difficult to move forward with all these conflicting emotions... but I know it is art that will get me through this.
Jesse Lane offered detailed insight into his process for the award-winning portrait "Manifest" in the August 2016 issue of COLOR magazine.
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