Jack Balas is an artist working in painting, photography, writing and other mixed media. His paintings mix traditional realism with a multitude of other creative techniques. Often his work takes on the quality of a diary or a map annotated with words and images. The work overflows with references to art history, pop culture and other modern distractions. Balas focuses on every day man in a variety of emotional, political and stylistic scenarios. Recently the male form has taken center stage in his art celebrating beauty and often invoking powerful taboos.
Balas was born in the United States in 1955. He received a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. In 1995 he was awarded a fellowship in painting from the federal government's National Endowment for the Arts.
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