Otis Jones, ‘Black Square with Short Red Lines’, 2016, Barry Whistler Gallery

About Otis Jones

Claiming, “I knew I wanted to be an artist—when I didn’t want to be a cowboy,” Otis Jones has been pursuing the craft and the formal qualities of painting throughout his long career. Though, at first, his spare, muted, abstract mixed-media paintings and works on paper appear Minimalist, they are full of the marks of the artist’s hand, exercises in the art of imperfection. As he explains: “I’m interested in objects, patina, wear, and age. […] Each piece takes on its own geology. I don’t hide anything—you see staples. It’s a very real object.” Within a pared-down visual vocabulary of circles, squares, rectangles, and lines, Jones explores the nuances of color, scale, and composition. By alternately building up and sanding down layers of pigment, he makes works that reveal the history of their own creation.

American, b. 1946, Galveston, TX, United States, based in Dallas, TX, United States

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
Otis Jones: Available, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas
2016
Otis Jones: New Work, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Otis Jones & Linnea Glatt: Available, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas
2016
Anne Morris, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas
2016
Tangled Up in Blue, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas
2016
Works on Paper, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas
2016
COLLECT: WORKS FROM THE SECONDARY MARKET, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Inc., Fort Worth