By Reed V. Horth, for Robin Rile Fine Art
While visiting a restaurant in Western Florida several years ago, we were enraptured by some of the art shown on the walls. Curious as we always are about original art, we inquired to the waitress about who the artist was and how to get in touch with him. She said he was a raving drunk, and would never call us back even if we had cash to spend, which we did. Understanding that we may be barking up the wrong tree with this artist, she recommended a local gallery that carried something similar. Apparently her Ex had shown there, but stopped because in seemed like too much effort. (You would be surprised at how often we have heard this in the art world).
Ever hopeful, we tracked down the gallery the very next day. She was right, we were quite impressed and made off with a few originals that day. Among the artists we discovered was E. Jones. His works were a graphic mixture of the odd eroticism of Olivia DeBerardinis and D. Bilodeau. He had a pin-up style that smacked of the modern graphic novel. As a comic fan myself (See my blog post on the subject HERE), this obviously appealed to me.
Our first meeting came after I placed several of his works with one of my collectors/investors. He and I, along with one of his other friends, proceeded to polish off 7 pitchers of Guinness in the name of Art. This typifies his almost wild-man stature. While exceedingly sensitive in his portrayal of his subjects, he is also an out-of-the-box thinker that often lets his risk-taking side show, in both his art and in his life. He has since become a valued friend and collaborator.
Flash forward nearly four years, and we have placed Jones’ works in collections as far as New York, Los Angeles, Ireland and London. His style has evolved and matured, while still keeping the sensual innocence which drew us in at the first glance.
To this end, Jones has unveiled his newest collection, which I feel may be his best works to date. Geometrical and linear but still organic and soft, his works are suited for nearly every collector of contemporary figurative art. Whether a new collector or a seasoned one, Jones’ works will convey the simple emotive responses hidden deep within you as well as your linear prospective side of an artist on the ascendancy of his career.
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