Worthington Whittredge (American 1800's)
"....Painting dies and grows again with my grandmother’s tears....”
I wrote these words in a poem over twenty years ago when I was desperately slathering oil paint on wall sized nature based abstractions (see first image below), and trying to feel my way through the beginnings of a life as a poet/ artist.
In the past two years I have experienced a resurgence of a true fascination with painting, and image making, and have been reinvigorated in the studio. I also have found myself revisiting the work of the most painterly, and / or magic realist, of my favorite painters, and my heart of hearts favorite photographers ( see images below). In my newest work there seems to be a synthesis happening between my early large abstract gestural paintings, and the realistic work of the past ten years. What appears to be emerging are paintings that marry my love of image , place , and memory with the visceral damar varnish drenched vital sensation that can come only from oil paint.
A. B. Jones Paintings
George Cress ( 20th Century : Chattanooga Tennessee)
Gregory Crewdson (Photographer)
Paul Wonner (Bay Area Painter)
Pradip Malde (My Teacher, Mentor, and Friend)
George Inness- "Sunset in the Woods" 1891
John Koch ( New York Painter, 20th Century)
This is a wax and oil painting (mixed media) by my Art and Absurdity Compatriot of over 20 years, the deeply poetic and experimental Chattanooga painter, Eric Keller.