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Erik Jones, an American abstract and more recently neo-cubism and impressionist painter, uses loud and suggestive color and pattern interacting with moody scenes. “My style is a mix of figure painting and non-representational abstract art. More recently my abstractions have taken a new role as being an actual part of the figure.” Jones has always had a love for the creative art and has always involved himself with every imaginable style and medium – from comics and tattoos to apparel and murals.
Using a variety of materials on paper and wooden panels, Erik births figures that seem to peel apart at the seams revealing a plethora of shape and spilling color, interacting with skin, hair, and background. Layers of imagery that seem random and arbitrary create a work that requires the viewer to question their perception and presupposed concepts of normality and see the abundance of strange and varied imagery for the beauty that it offers to the open eye and mind.
With an interest in fashion, graphic design, abstract art, and illustration, Erik draws inspiration largely from technology. “The computer is a major part of my process, from gathering inspiration, to building the beginning of painting ideas.” Erik’s fresh, modern approach is evident within his works that have the undeniable sheen of contemporary vision and currency.
Erik maintains an open mind to experiment with different mediums and tools which grants him the flexibility and creative liberation to experiment with new aesthetics. It is clear that part of Erik’s process is to be free to play and express with his art. Rather than focusing on a niche or a style to own, Jones explores with his art finding a range of effective mediums, and therefore, thoughtful outcomes.
Holding beauty and thought at the root of his creative energy, Erik hopes that his work will be both beautiful and challenging, “maybe even slightly disturbing (yet still beautiful).” His artworks can be used to both shake viewers at their core and captivate them with aesthetic and soulful beauty. It seems Erik Jones attempts to capture us with all three of these methods, creating a fully unique set of thought-provoking and color-rich works.