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Wayson R. Jones

Wayson R. Jones

Artist Work

A Field of Flowers
2014
powdered graphite, acrylic medium, acrylic, gesso on canvas
26" x 36"
Aloof
2014
powdered graphite, acrylic medium, acrylic, gesso on canvas
18" x 24"
Medgar
2014
powdered graphite, acrylic medium, acrylic, gesso on paper
26" x 40"
Chagrin
2014
powdered graphite, acrylic medium, acrylic, gesso on paper
26" x 40"
Debt Ceiling
2013
powdered graphite, acrylic medium, acrylic, gesso on paper
22" x 30"
Changing Mind
2014
powdered graphite, acrylic medium, acrylic, gesso on canvas
48" x 60"

Artist Information

County
Prince George's County
Phone
202-431-6710
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My paintings and sculpture revolve around the idea of implicit association between image, memory, and emotion. I use a loosely symmetrical compositional approach to invoke a sense of presence that can range from the human face, to landscape, to the built environment. Much of the work is influenced by the sense of gesture and spontaneity in Abstract Expressionism. Working flat, using quick-drying acrylic paints, acrylic gels, and dry pigments, and combining planning and chance are central to my process.

Artist Bio

Wayson R. Jones (b. 1957) has engaged in wide-ranging art activities: music, dance, spoken-word/performance, and painting. He received a degree in music from University of Maryland and later went on to perform with renowned poet Essex Hemphill, appearing in venues such as Blues Alley (WDC), The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, The Painted Bride (Philadelphia), and LaMama Theater (NYC).

His visual art is informed by these performative experiences, the legacy of Abstract Expressionism, and an exuberant approach to materiality and process. Wayson has exhibited in Washington DC at Hillyer Art Space, DCAC, Gallery O on H, and Smith Center for the Healing Arts; in Virginia at The Soundry, the Candy Factory, and University of Mary Washington; in Maryland at Arts Harmony Hall, The David Driskell Center, and BlackRock Center for the Arts; in Fresno, CA at Gallery 25; and in New York at Jeffrey Leder Gallery. His work has been purchased by the DC commission on the Arts and Humanities Art Bank program, and is found in private and corporate collections in the Washington DC area and nationally.