Jeff Gillette's paintings examine the visual patterns of human settlement, particularly that of shantytown style slums in India and South America. To the artist, there is a universality of human spirit and a strange beauty which comes out of the necessity and raw honesty of the will to survive.
Despite the seriousness of his observations, Gillette sees ironic juxtapositions that occur when Disney, corporate logos, and pop icons from consumer culture shows up as building blocks of shanty settlement construction.. His works reflect these ironies as well as add a playful dimension to art historical relationships.
Gillette is well known for being one of the key artists from Banksy’s 2015 bemusement park Dismaland and has even been hailed as an inspiration for the entire event. It was reported that he is one of Banksy’s personal favourite artists.