Jylian Gustlin

Jylian Gustlin

Morgan Hill, CA, United States

About Jylian Gustlin

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 and mathematics to attend 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. While painting in acrylic and oil paints, her artwork often conveys the same complex layered effects possible in computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Just as she challenged the creative limitations of the latest computer software, Gustlin 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, Gustlin draws, paints, scratches on her surfaces.

Figures have always been an important part of Gustlins repertoire. Her characters are frequently set in an alien-like landscape, moody and brooding, yet at the same time, depicting a sense of future. Jylian has been influenced by a lifelong love of the Bay Area Figurative artists.

For the last two years, Jylian has been working on a series of paintings, both abstract and representational, that are based on the Fibonacci mathematical theories. The Fibonacci mathematical theory is based on the numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and so on. Fibonacci mathematical calculations create rectangles and shell spirals based on the incrementally increasing numbers. She is also exploring the relationship of Fibonacci numbers to the petals on flowers and how to use these ideas in paintings as well as the relationship of Fibonacci to musical scales and how the 5-tone scale, 8-tone scale, and 13-tone scale. She continues to explore science and mathematics and how it intersects with the arts.


Academy of Art University , San Francisco, CA
Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentration: Design and Fine Arts

San Jose State University
Computer Science Program


Wish , HANG Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA, December 2007

Jylian, Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte, NC, October 2006

Kyros, HANG, San Francisco, CA, October, 2005

AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY, October, 2005

Jylian, Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte, NC, June, 2005

Figuratively Speaking, HANG, San Francisco, CA, April, 2005

Quidam, HANG, San Francisco, CA, August, 2004

Art Auction 2004, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, May, 2004

Heart of San Francisco (artist sponsored by Adobe) Locations throughout San Francisco, CA, June November, 2004

Souvenirs, Reconstruction Bygones, HANG, San Francisco, CA February, 2004

College Track Benefit Auction, Palo Alto, CA, October, 2003

Gustlin & Fain: All About Eve, HANG, Palo Alto, CA June, 2003

MC2 Collection, San Francisco, CA, 2003

Found/Unbound, HANG, Palo Alto, CA, February, 2003

Francisco Partners Collection, San Francisco, CA 2001 - 2004

Seeing Red: Color Beyond the Pale, HANG, Palo Alto, CA, December, 2002

Sunset Magazine Idea House, Palo Alto, CA 2002

Colors of White HANG, San Francisco, CA 2002

Fresh Produce, HANG, San Francisco, July, 2002

Gustlin & McCuthcheon: On the Surface HANG annex, San Francisco, CA, May, 2002

Big Deal Visual Aid, San Francisco, CA annually 1992 2003

Featured Artist, December HANG, Palo Alto, CA 2001

Group Exhibition Adobe Corporation Gallery, San Jose, CA 1997

Group Exhibition Apple Showroom, Campbell, CA 1995

Small Works Pope Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA 1994