Canis 12

Mixed media on panel resin finish


36″ x 36″

Retail Value: $5,500

Minimum Bid: $1,925



Jylian Gustlin is a native Californian and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been shaped by the technology explosion of Silicon Valley and her art reflects her in-depth knowledge of that technology.

“I knew that if I finished, I would never make art,” is how Jylian Gustlin explains leaving college one semester short of a degree in computer science to pursue art at the Academy of Art College, San Francisco. After completing her BFA, Jylian fused her understanding of computers and her passion for art to became a graphics programmer for Apple Computer, Inc. Now, Jylian uniquely combines the effects of modern technology with traditional techniques. Even though she paints using acrylic and oil paints, her artwork often conveys the same complex layered effects that are possible in computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Just as she challenged the creative limitations of the latest computer software, Jylian experiments with a variety of materials to discover their effects. Working with two-part epoxy resin, oil and acrylic paints, charcoal, wax, gold leaf, pastel, and graphite on board, Jylian draws, paints, and scratches on her surfaces.

Figures have always been an important part of Jylian’s repertoire. Her characters are frequently set in an alien-like landscape, moody and brooding, yet optimistically depicting a sense of future. For the last several years, Jylian has been working on a series of paintings, both abstract and representational, that are based on the Fibonacci mathematical series. She continues to explore science and mathematics and how it intersects with the arts.


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