Jimi Jones, a longtime active member of the Cincinnati arts scene, discovered he could incorporate pixels — the building blocks of computer graphics — into his paintings. Results of that breakthrough can be seen in the vibrant works in the exhibition Pixels: Painting by Jimi Jones at the Weston Art Gallery. Jones’ paintings defy you to ignore them. They are big, they are stridently colorful, they speak to you immediately and they need your close attention.
A founding member of the Neo-Ancestralists, an African-American artist collaborative, Jones draws on that culture and a host of others. Now retired from Procter & Gamble after 27 years as art director and manager of displays, Jones grew up in Cincinnati’s West End. His design experience imposes a visual order on the multitude of ideas crowding his paintings. He reaches back to the Old Masters even as he infuses his work with references to contemporary technology. Fragmentation of images into pixels provides artists with a fresh jumping-off point, one Jones adopts with both enthusiasm and discretion.
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