Erik Jones’ work is made up of erratic colors that adorn very realistic female characters, creating a sophisticated union between the two distinctive styles.
His brilliantly colored and vibrant work conveys an elevated sense of realism, which he encapsulates in his female characters, marked with sporadic blurs and nonrepresentational forms to recreate some sort of geometric high-fashion. Jones accomplishes these effects by making use of a variety of media such as water colors, crayons, acrylic paint and water-soluble wax pastels.
Also using a number of materials on paper and wooden panels, Jones paints figures that seem to peel apart at the seams uncovering many shapes and spilling color, interacting with skin, hair, and background. The layers upon layers of imagery that appear random and arbitrary develop something complete and whole.
With an interest in fashion, graphic design, abstract art, and illustration, Jones 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.
Born in 1982 in Saint Petersburg, Florida, Erik Jones completed his bachelor’s degree at the Ringling College of Art and Design. Recently, he displayed his works at Hashimoto Contemporary gallery in L.A; in 2015, he also took part in SCOPE Miami for the second time, with Joseph Gross Gallery and Thinkspace Gallery. In 2015, Erik Jones had his first European solo show at Dorothy Circus Gallery, “In Colour”. In April 2016, a new solo exhibition of him will be hosted by Jonathan Levine Gallery (NYC).