Jesse Edwards - The Thugged Out Bob Ross
By Huey Crowley
Jesse Edwards is a painter from Seattle who’s been living in NYC for nearly two years. I moved to NYC around the same time as he did and he was one of the first artists I met here. Jesse is really funny because he does these really technically amazing paintings with a Monet sensibility but then he acts all ruggish-thuggish. His subject matter is often “real shit” and its even funnier to see him talk about painting. Talking to Jesse about painting is awesome because he instantly kills all pretension. Its really fun to hang around someone who doesn’t give a shit, yet has more cred than someone who gives too much of a shit. Check out some of his paintings and maybe this will start to make more sense...
One of the galleries that has worked with Jesse said he’s “like a teddy bear with a police record.” Jesse is the real-deal- a living, breathing painter on his way from ashy to classy. You can see that the dude’s been through some roughness… but you know what they say- a flower has to go through a lot of dirt before it can bloom.
Recently I was visiting Jesse’s underground bat-cave studio and he started telling me that he one day wanted to make a show about painting. He told me he wanted to make a ghetto version of Bob Ross's show. At one point he looked at me dead serious and said “yeah, but instead of just teaching you how to paint, I’m put you on how to run some game with the dames!!