A non-artist friend recently asked me why I like abstract art, because obviously anyone could paint pictures of nothing. I told him I don’t necessarily like abstract paintings, but what I do like is paint and good design. So if an abstract painting doesn’t make me drool over the paint and how its applied or the design of it is pretty average, then I don’t like it either. It’s the same with figurative paintings, I care less about what it’s a painting of than I do about how it’s painted. I like how Cincinnati-based abstract painter Jeffrey Cortland Jones paints. His exhibition opens later this month at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York City.
They remind me of Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park abstractions, without the intense colors and large sizes. These are more Morandi than Mondrian
Jeffrey Cortland Jones, Did I See You, See Me (In A New Light) is showing at the Kathryn Markel Fine Arts gallery from the 26th of June through to the 29th of August in New York City. See the gallery website here for more information on the exhibition.