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FSCJ Art Galleries: Jerry Domask

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Jerry Domask Reflections: Vietnam War 45 Years Later

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Jerry Domask is a painter and sculptor who resides in Jacksonville, Florida.  His series on his reflections of the Vietnam War was exhibited at the South Gallery in March of 2020 as part of the 2019-20 FSCJ Author Series.  

The war series consists of 30 mixed media paintings based on the artist’s personal experiences and observations during the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam. It includes shared experiences with fellow veterans, many conversations with former prisoner of war (POW) retired Army Major Theodore Gostas, and Gostas’ book of poems “Prisoner.”  For Domask, this series was an opportunity to work through his own feelings of sorrow, anger and loss associated with his war experiences.  It has also become a way for him to connect with and support other veterans. 

 

Images

Jerry Domask 
PTSD 
Mixed media on panel 
Courtesy of the artist 
A surrealist image.  What appears akin to a figure, analogous to a human shape, a detached head in red with nose and mouth floats above a solid red-purple figure like shape.  Figure sits in the middle of the image against a landscape, three quarters purple sky, one third golden yellow land.
Jerry Domask 
Embarrassment 
Mixed media on panel 
Courtesy of the artist
Surreal image of faces, a leg, and various other non-identifiable blocks of color collaged together.
Jerry Domask 
Face of War 
Mixed media on panel 
Courtesy of the artist 
Pronounced, and in the middle of the image a faceless human wears a military style helmet.  A line of barbed wire runs across horizontally across the top of the image.  Colors are dark, blacks, browns, rust, blues.  The barbed wire is in white, and the face of the individual is in white and reds and greens.
Jerry Domask 
My Quarters – 1968 TET Offensive 
Mixed media on panel 
Courtesy of the artist 
A hall corridor is on the left.  A barred door is open to a area with a cot.  Bars at varies angles are visually dominant.  The lower portion of the image are blocks, four columns of three organically irregularly shaped blocks, blues and whites.
Jerry Domask 
Ravaged 
Mixed media on panel 
Courtesy of the artist
Many various sized floating  human heads surrealistically placed together.  The faces look out at the viewer.  A window is at the top of the image.  Colors are browns, blues and white.
Jerry Domask 
Searching 
Mixed media on panel 
Courtesy of the artist 
Surreal image of a three human heads and a bird combined into one form. Image in blues, brown and white.
Jerry Domask 
Rebuked by Society – Vietnam Veterans 
Mixed media on panel 
Courtesy of the artist
Surreal image of a seated human like figure, white face upturned to the sky, wearing a white and blue cloak, arm with skeletal like outstretched fingers in lap.  Background in irregular, organic blocks of subdued purples radiating from human form.
Jerry Domask 
Fear 
Mixed media on panel 
Courtesy of the artist
 
Surreal image of standing human, long hair, who appears to be moving forward. In browns, blue and white.