Jungle Fever

Gary Eleinko's avatar Gary Eleinko

This triptych "Jungle Fever" started in 2013 and finished this past February, is comprised of approximately 200 wood pieces and some other material, assembled and painted in oil. Being gardener in Detroit, in my travels, I've been intrigued by the idea of gardening in other environments, and find the shapes, patterns, colors, and lushness of tropical botany intriguing, almost intoxicating, which I've tried to suggest in these pieces. Inspiration also came from botanical prints of the past and the paintings of Henri Rousseau. The resulting constructions imply a sort of tropical fever dream. One of my earliest series of works dealt with large botanical images. They evolved into works dealing with color and geometric shapes which then led to painted constructions that were not rectangular, often using found objects, and were frequently wrapped or tied. These led to an extended period where the x shape and triangular shape were the predominant structure. In recent years, the shapes have become freer,and imagery has appeared, including a return to botanical references. Adjunct to making painted constructions, are works in encaustic, drawing, watercolor, and collage. Detroit has always been my home, and I presently live in Corktown, a historic area near downtown. My degrees in painting are from Wayne State University. My works can be found in the Detroit Institute of Arts collection, Wayne State University, University of Michigan, as well as numerous private and corporate collections.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 6 inches
  • Medium: oil on wood
  • Width: 108 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 55 inches