Otis Jones.

I focus on painting as object and its physical properties.

9 Questions to Otis Jones. 

American artist, living and working in Dallas, Texas, USA.


What is your art about?

My work is abstract. I focus on making work that focuses on painting as object and its physical properties. Through the various layering, sanding, moving, erasing etc. I hope to create work that has a certain soul and essence  about it.Early in my career I was influenced by minimalism, art povera, and most importantly the post minimalists. I would consider myself an essentialist painter.

Please tell us more about your working process, routine, your studio set up and the way you approach new artworks.

I never work from a preconceived idea or drawing. I see my work in my head. In a notion or incomplete essence. I begin work that attempts to complete this urge or notion. Then the work and I enter a dialogue and that is expressed through intuition and process. I do not work on a schedule but I am always aware of my work no matter what I may be doing. I work on two or three things at a time. My studio is fairly simple and straightforward.

What is fertiliser for your work?

As stated above,I think the things I visualize  partially in my head are the main source. But everything I see or experience is material fort he work in some way. All objects and nature are a big influence.

Who or what has recently impressed you?

An exhibition of Leon Golub at the Metropolitan Brauer in New York.

Have a beer with an artist of your choice? Whom?

I don’t drink beer and if I did I have no idea who.

What’s your favourite city and why?

Too many to choose from. I enjoy many cities.

What’s your favourite restaurant and why?

An unpretentious bistro.

What would you do with five euro found in the streets?

Put it in my pocket.

Do you have any dream projects in mind that you would like to do in the future? 

A Museum exhibition.

Red Oxide with One Black Circle, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas on Wood 51.5 x 46.5 x 4 in, 130.8 x 118 x 10 cm

Exhibition view Marc Straus Gallery, NYC in 2018

Yellow with Two White Rectangles, 2015

Mixed media on canvas laid on wood panel, 61 x 61 x 7.6 cm

Courtesy Lepsien Art Foundation


Yellow with Two White Rectangles, 2015

Mixed media on canvas laid on wood panel, 61 x 61 x 7.6 cm

Courtesy Lepsien Art Foundation

Studio view

Otis Jones


All images © Otis Jones

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