Jeffrey Cortland Jones
New Clear Dawn (2018): Exhibition Catalog
My paintings explore the role of patterns and how they can orient us in a space, give hindsight to an experience or recall a memory. I build and reconfigure mundane structures or patterns and break them open until chaos and order intersect, accidents reveal possibilities of color, line and space, and a greater significance unfolds. My process appropriates the logic of puzzles and Legos, working within certain limits to create, expand, or uncover the unknown. Within these limits each decision creates a path towards a truth that had not yet been realized, and builds a bridge to new discoveries. Thus, painting becomes an act of making time stand still so that I can climb into it, see around it, dive under it, and paint my way out.
Jeffrey Cortland Jones is a painter, curator, and professor who lives in Southwestern Ohio. Jeffrey’s work has been widely exhibited and has been written about in the Wall Street Journal (where Peter Plagens wrote that his solo exhibition at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts was “the best thing in a back room I’ve seen in a long time,”) Art LTD magazine, Contemporary Art Review LA, WideWalls, showcased twice in the national publication New American Paintings, and featured in over 150 exhibitions since 2010. He has had solo exhibitions at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York; Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn; Raygun Projects, Toowoomba, Australia; Galleri Urbane, Dallas; RZT Gallery, Las Vegas; SomeWalls, Oakland; Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati; and Gray Contemporary, Houston; and has been included in group exhibitions at Jamie Brooks Fine Art, Los Angeles, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary, New York; Lyons Wier Gallery, New York; Skibum MacArthur, Los Angeles; Centre d’art Contemporain, Metz, France; the Elmhurst Art Museum, Chicago; Matthew Rachman Gallery, Chicago; Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn; Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville; Lewisham Arthouse, London, England; Mini Galerie, Amsterdam, Netherlands; &Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; Galerie oqbo, Berlin, Germany; Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne, Germany; Pharmaka, Los Angeles; the University of California, Berkley; TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia; Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn; Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia; the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, St. Louis; and Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore.
He received a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, both in Painting and Drawing. Jeffrey is a Professor of Art at the University of Dayton where he heads the Painting program.
In addition to making work, Jeffrey also actively curates exhibitions at a number of galleries and alternative spaces, including DIVISIBLE, a project space he co-founded in 2014.