WHIMSY AND BEAUTY

I have always been struck by the way a sense of humor, a whimsical way of expressing things can actually increase our fascination with the inner personality and beauty of whatever we are trying to portray/express.

Here is a purposefully whimsical mix of fanciful architecture and a relative’s dog’s face.  I thought of some kind of labyrinth with a befuddled dog’s face at the center of it! The dog’s head/face at the dead center of the composition makes me think of a cartoon face, you know the one in the Looney Tunes commercial.  So, canine pop. Of a sort!

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The new flow

Been working on some new paintings.  Larger in size, and I’m thinking the seed of this newer approach is an exploration of the concepts of using paint and brushmarks in a more circumspect, restrained way, and letting pure emotions becoming compositional motifs.  The painting is still wholly abstract but there is more an emphasis on the “flow” of colors and shapes into and out of each other, almost as if , the paintings manifest more the state of mindfulness, that is, holding your emotions and thoughts lightly and not focusing or holding on to on thought,etc. for very long.  Usually this makes you feel a lot better, once you get the hang of it!

Here is the first one of these “new flow” paintings.  It doesn’t have a title. Yet…

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WELCOME to my Blog ! BIENVENUE!

WELL.. I finally joined the madding crowd and now I have my very own..blog. Yes indeed.  I’ll be posting thoughts, observations, pictures and so on which will have to do with my art career/business/influences/process etc.  Or whatever I feel like talking about 🙂

Anyway, here goes nothing!  Currently I’m working on a new series of abstracts but also working on artwork I am going to have featured in:“3rd Annual Day of the Dead Community Art Show”, on October 27, 2016.   from 5-8pm at Eye’s Gallery.

Eyes Gallery is located at 402 South Street, in Philadelphia PA (USA).

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 AY CARAMBA! caliente.

Stay tuned for updates.  And blog posts. Of course.

artistically yours, Jed

 

NEW SQUARE ABSTRACTS

NEW SQUARE ABSTRACTS

"Shifty Heartbeat Diorama", acrylic on canvas, 12 X 12 inches (30,5 X 30,5 cm)
“Shifty Heartbeat Diorama”, acrylic on canvas, 12 X 12 inches (30,5 X 30,5 cm)

 

"Forest in a Flurry", acrylic and oil on canvas, 8 X 8 inches (20,3 X 20,3 cm)--SOLD
“Forest in a Flurry”, acrylic and oil on canvas, 8 X 8 inches (20,3 X 20,3 cm)–SOLD

 

"Cloud Angles", oil/acrylic on canvas, 8 X 8 inches (20,3 X 20,3 cm)
“Cloud Angles”, oil/acrylic on canvas, 8 X 8 inches (20,3 X 20,3 cm)

“The square, to me represents stability and has a timeless iconic quality, into, against and through which I wanted to make pure color brush strokes collide and gravitate fitfully, around each other and because each other, avoiding and becoming each other.  The size of the marks correspond solely to the size of the type of brush that was used, I am letting the paint speak for itself,harnessing its primal energy…”-Jed Williams

 

JED IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON A  SERIES OF MIXED MEDIUM ABSTRACT PAINTINGS ON VARIOUS SUPPORTS SUCH AS CANVAS, PAPER AND WOOD.   IN THESE NEW WORKS JED EXPLORES  THE  VISUAL SYNERGIES, CONFLICTS AND ULTIMATE DYNAMISM CREATED BY BLENDING  FORMAL ABSTRACT ELEMENTS AND THE EXPRESSION OF SPIRITUAL AND EMOTIONAL YEARNING.   JED CONTINUES HIS EXPLORATION OF THE DUALITY  OF JOY AND ANGUISH IN A COLOR/DESIGN CELEBRATION.

HE IS ALSO CURRENTLY FEATURED ON FRESH PAINT MAGAZINE, AN INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT ART MAGAZINE.

http://freshpaintmagazine.com/jed-williams/

 

 

The Art Studio as metaphor for the Mind

After having shown at Projects Gallery in Miami during art Basel 2014 and the Indigo Bleu Design Center, currently Jed is working on a series of works on paper and other media, inspired by photos and direct observation of his own art studio.   In doing so he seeks to explore the duality and dynamic relationship  between an inner-directed artistic focus/mindset and the opening up of one’s consciousness when confronted with self awareness.  Stay tuned for further thoughts and images.

“Our Greatness, Our Struggle” group exhibit Feb.6-27

Jed currently has artwork on display in the “Our Greatness, Our Struggle” group exhibit at Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center, located at 3911 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia PA 19104.  This group exhibit explores the achievements and plight of African-Americans in the United States.  Other participating artists include Jerry Adam Puryear, Richard Tenaglia, Ellen Tiberino and Shanell Kitt.

This exhibit is on view from Friday, February 6 until February 27th.

There will be a free wine/cheese public reception on Sunday February 27th from 5-7pm.

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Square Foot Art Basel Miami Redux

Jed will have artwork featured at Projects Gallery in Square Foot Art Basel Miami Redux, from November 22, 2014 to January 10, 2015.

Projects Gallery

Wynwood Lofts, Unit 208, 250 NW 23rd St, Miami FL 33127

During this year’s world-acclaimed Art Basel Miami, Projects Gallery will again create a mosaic-style wall in its trendy Wynwood Lofts gallery in the Wynwood Arts District.  Artists from around the world will be participating with over 200 works in all media – all measuring 12″ x 12″.  This square-foot format seeks to give exposure to familiar and unknown artists alike.

Opening reception December 13, 2014 7-11 pm
Closing reception January 10, 2015 7-11 pm

 

“An Edge of Joy” solo exhibit opening Saturday Sept. 13

“An Edge of Joy”, Solo exhibit of artwork by Jed Williams, at Jed Williams Gallery

from September 13-October 19th, 2014

This exhibit is curated by Robert Willis.

Jed Williams Gallery is located at 615 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia PA 19147-2111 (USA).  The opening reception for this exhibit will take place Saturday September 13th, from 5-7pm.

CLICK HERE FOR CURATOR’S STATEMENT AND BIO