“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.
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.
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.
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
Jed will have work featured in a week-long art and fashion event from this Sunday, August 24th, to Sunday August 31st. This art and fashion extravaganza will be taking place at the 3rd St. Gallery, located at 45 N. 2nd St. Philadelphia PA
Jed now has a society6.com website, neonwave , where you can find a selection of his works digitally retooled by him, and you can purchase framed art prints, t-shirts and more printed with these images–
Here are a few pictures of paintings Jed is currently working on.
As you can see, Jed’s new works seeks to parallel and juxtapose a calligraphic aspect of lines (produced by markers/sharpies) with a more painterly texture and buildup of acrylic and oil paints. All contributing to an observation of the beauty of the moment and the importance of accepting all types of aesthetic impulses. Jed is also consciously going back to the “pin-up girl” imagery and image inspiration that he had been playing around with a few years ago. In effect, seeking to rejuvenate and refresh his own creativity.
Jed has been working on a new series of paintings. Images will be posted soon.. stay tuned.
“My art is a part of me, it feeds me and bounces off the thoughts and emotions in my soul.. In one sense, part of the thrill is that art is a way of channeling different energies, positive and negative, the gratitude as well as the demons.. also what I love about making art is that it opens me up to the world more–I search for different types of images and symbols and it makes me want to find out more about what those images and symbols represent. Recently I have been working from images of cave paintings, and playgrounds. The cave painting images take me back to the beginnings, literally, and evoke the connection between art and ritual. This dovetails with the playground iconography, which makes me tap into a kind of childlike innocence and wonder I feel is present in my mind sometimes–not to forget the bright, primary color patterns and forms at work in every playground, which appeal to me…” –Jed Williams, June 2013