Currently my practice explores portraiture, focusing on the head as a vessel of our psyche, rather than the face. Almost from birth, babies are able to identify familiar faces and mimic emotions. Disgust, love, lust and fear can all be triggered within a millisecond of looking at a face. As we gaze upon faces, our personal history governs our perception. Heads, on the other hand, are more like biological brick and mortar, containing our psyche. These works are more about animality rather than humanity. I paint heads.
I arrived at portraiture after years of painting television stills, video game screenshots, and other detritus from contemporary culture. I began exploring profile pics and facial recognition software. The detachment in which a computer sees the human face, in contrast to my organic interpretations, intrigued me.
Jeremiah Palecek was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota. He studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, The Glasgow School of Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon graduation Jeremiah moved to Prague, Czech Republic where he is now a permanent resident and lives with his wife and daughter. He is currently a Principle Lecturer in the Fine Arts Experimental Media program at Prague College.