erik jones


This explosion of nostalgia and color is screaming at the sticker-collecting, rainbow-loving twelve year old in me. The absolutely gorgeous figures and stunning compositions are in a mature conversation with the art-loving curator in me. This is the work of Brooklyn based artist Erik Jones, and this is a description from his latest show, “Twenty Sixteen”:

“Jones challenges viewers to see beauty in his chaotic, mixed-media works that merge nude subjects with nonrepresentational, abstract elements. Describing the human figures in his compositions as “aesthetic anchors,” they are the calming foreground upon which bursts of color, stenciled shapes and custom-made stickers create surreal landscapes. Using multiple mediums, such as watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils, wax pastels and oil paint, Jones’ portraits are technically complex and express a heightened sense of realism.”

And also rainbows, unicorns, and orcas! Sorry, that was the twelve-year old again   ♥   

{Just missed this show… damn. “Twenty Sixteen” was at Jonathan LeVine in New York and just came down at the end of April}

comments (9)

  1. Ricardo Macedo /// 05.12.2016 /// 5:11am


  2. Suizou /// 05.12.2016 /// 8:43am

    Reminds me of the massive sticker collection I had.

  3. the jealous curator /// 05.13.2016 /// 7:49am

    me too!

  4. Nine Photography /// 05.14.2016 /// 10:20am

    Oh the joy of sticker collecting!!! This work is that joy x like 100!

  5. Nikki /// 05.14.2016 /// 11:05am

    Rainbows and brightly colored things for big kids. Thank you for the exploration in bright beautiful colors, symbols and portraits. When I use pink in my paintings in my art class, classmates tell me it’s a perfectly good painting for a little girl’s room. That’s not what I see. Why are certain color palates automatically categorized?

  6. the jealous curator /// 05.14.2016 /// 5:38pm

    excellent question!

  7. Mirna R /// 05.15.2016 /// 3:24pm

    It’s like Lisa Frank for grownups!

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