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Andrew Scott DeJesse

Wanted: a new generation of Monuments Men for US Army

January 28, 2015 - The Art Newspaper

The US Army is looking to recruit the next generation of “Monuments Men and Women” to help preserve sites and cultural property in combat zones and to advise troops on heritage. After years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a new conflict in Syria, including the large-scale looting of ancient objects and the intentional destruction of heritage sites, the army recognises the need for experts in the field to advise commanders and work with civilian authorities after battles to help restore order. It is turning to museum directors, archaeologists and preservationists to fill these posts.

Great Plains Scenery On Display

September 15, 2013

There is something severe yet intriguing — like the Texas Panhandle itself — about the work of two Amarillo artists having their first show in Oklahoma City at Paseo Originals Art Gallery, 2920 Paseo.

 The “Here & Now, Iconography of the Great Plains” exhibit contains the oil-and-watercolor-on-board paintings of Andrew Scott DeJesse and the metal sculpture of Jacob Breeden, founder-owner of an Amarillo gallery.

Artists Share New Take On Old Themes

July 10, 2013 - Amarillo Globe-News - Chip Chandler

Two Amarillo artists will show the new ways in which they’re tackling old themes in a new show opening Friday.

“In Reset: Paintings by Andrew Scott DeJesse and Sculptures by Jacob Breeden,” which runs through Aug. 6 at Process Art House, shows both artists at a crossroads in their artistic works, they said.

The show opens with a 7 p.m. Friday reception at the gallery, 700 S. Van Buren St.

“Our work is not meant to complement each other, either with the same conversations or as a counterpoint, but it’s our mentality of where we are as artists right now,” DeJesse said.

“We are aimed on the same target,” Breeden continued, “so it makes sense to show together.”

Both classify their latest works as Southwestern art — though not in the traditional sense.

“We’re trying to prove that there is real, meaningful, contemporary art being made right now in the Texas Panhandle, and that is what we’d like the rest of the world to see when they look at our art,” Breeden said.

“‘Reset’ is kind of a recallibration,” DeJesse said. “I’ve been looking at it as a preview show to get a feel of what people will think of the new work.”

“For me,” Breeden said, “I’m looking at it as a rebuilding. To me, it’s not a full series of work; it’s the preview.

“As you mature as a person, your art follows along with you, so your work changes as you change,” Breeden said.