Jeffrey Cortland Jones is an abstract painter from America whose works are composed of large planes of white and almost white colors. The selection and the application of paint represent the major characteristics of Jeffrey Cortland Jones work as he tends to push color to their limits. The artist lightens his colors just before the moment they turn white and layers them over fully saturated paints to let the transparency peek trough.
Jeffrey Cortland Jones is a formally trained artist. He studied Fine arts at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he got his Bachelor of Fine arts degree in 1998. After that, he went on to finish Master of the Fine arts program at the University of Cincinnati where he graduated in the year of 2000. The artist entered the art world through skateboarding, punk rock, and graffiti. The artist used to paint on the streets and one of his favorite things to do was to place tags on places where he knows they would cover them up. This was the very beginning of the artist’s exploration of colors as the artist only did that to see which color they will use to cover it up. He also had the tendency of spending time observing the bleaching of the paint caused by the sun rays, a phenomenon that many of his enamel on acrylic panel paintings and paper works will later replicate.
At first glance, Jeffrey Cortland Jones the artist’s pieces are composed of an array of white, yellow, orange and blue shapes, but upon closer inspection, we can see the tension between them. You’ll notice that the white are not truly white but rather silver and slightly gray. His color fields appear as paint bleached to its limits just one step away from turning into white. The unusual angles on which he paints his color planes that are always a bit off from the 90-degree angle create the tension in his imagery and make the viewer question the balance of the composition.
Jeffrey Cortland Jones draws inspiration for his work from the industrial and urban environment. The painter depicts urban landscapes while highlighting the objects from our daily lives and their often overlooked beauty. Quickly repainted exterior wall, an abandoned building, and skate parks have all gotten their abstract portrayal in the work of the emerging American artist. Jeffrey Cortland Jones is a professor at the University of Dayton, where he works are the head of the university’s painting program. Apart from being an artist, Jeffrey Cortland Jones also works as a curator on many projects in numerous galleries around the USA.
Jeffrey Cortland Jones is represented by Matthew Rachman Gallery.
Featured image : Jeffrey Cortland Jones – Bookmark (Empathy Test), detail
Images courtesy of Matthew Rachman Gallery
|2017||“Paintings by Jeffrey Cortland Jones + Sara Pittman||Matthew Rachman Gallery||Group|
|2016||Jeffrey Cortland Jones - Closer, Still||Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York City, NY||Solo|
|2016||New American Paintings: Midwest Edition||Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL||Group|
|2015||Up, Down, Turn Around: Jeffrey Cortland Jones||Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX||Solo|
|2015||Movement, Substance, Technique||Galleri Urbane, Dallas, Tx||Solo|
|2015||Humble Iterations||Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York City, NY||Group|
|2014||Did I See You, See Me (In A New Light)||Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York City, NY||Solo|
|2014||heavylightweight||Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2014||Jeffrey Cortland Jones, Tim McFarlane, Douglas Witmer||Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX||Group|
|2012||Summer Invitational: Jeffrey Cortland Jones, Nancy Friedland, Theresa Hackett, Stephanie London, Carrie Patterson, Alyse||Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York City, NY||Group|
|2011||Therely Bare||Kent State School of Art Gallery, Kent, Ohio||Group|
|2011||Ruptures||hoffman lachance contemporary, Saint Louis, MO||Group|
|2011||Therely Bare||Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN||Group|
|2011||An Exchange with Sol LeWitt||Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art , MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA||Group|
|2010||A Rush and a Push||Chistopher West Presents, Indianapolis, IN||Solo|
|2010||Informal Relations: Contemporary works on paper||Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art i MASS MoCA, Indianapolis, IN||Group|
|2010||Julian Dashper (1960-2009): It Is Life||Minus Space, New York City, NY||Group|
|2006||Cortland Virages||Art Galerie Kunstmarkt für Siegen, Siegen||Solo|