Friday, December 1st 2017 - Saturday, January 6th 2018
“Imagine” is the newest exhibition at Ella W. Richardson Fine Art featuring renowned contemporary Impressionist oil painter Jeff Jamison. The show opens with an art reception on December 1st from 5 until 8pm. The artist will be in attendance to meet patrons. We invite you to escape into Jamison’s timeless realm of long-lost lovers as they reunite in dreamlike cities, cozily tucked beneath the glow of an umbrella. You might feel the urge to suddenly ride your bicycle along a sunny side street in Charleston, or your breath might catch at the sight of couples strolling in Central Park. All of this is normal, in fact, it is the provocation of the senses that Jamison seeks in his works.
Jamison imbues a combination of nostalgia and timelessness into his paintings through use of a contemporary style. This might seem paradoxical, and perhaps it is, but it is what makes his works so enigmatic. They are beautiful and mysterious, light and carefree and above all, they invite you to participate with your imagination. The cities Jamison features might appear to be New York or Paris, but look close! They are in fact the cities of his dreams— a mix of places he has been and places he wishes to go. Because of the ambiguity of people and places, Jamison's works offer something to everyone.
Born in 1958 in West Memphis, Arkansas, Jamison became interested in art at an early age. He began taking classes as a means of learning how to capture the light and shadows that held his constant attention. His serious art studies began at Middle Tennessee State University in 1977. In 1982, Jamison enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After two years, he graduated and was offered the position of Editorial Illustrator for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel newspaper. During this time, he also worked as a courtroom sketch artist in the Manuel Noriega trials in Miami. His award-winning illustrations began to fill national publications, including magazines and novel covers.
Eventually deciding to convert to painting, Jamison utilizes his skill for drawing and scale combined with learned Old Master techniques and his own contemporary impressionistic creativity. He calls his process “controlled chaos.” His awards and honors include: Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils – Award of Excellence (2009); Paint America Association’s Paint the Parks Top 100 (2007); Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Mini Show Finalist (2007); Salon International Museum of Contemporary Masters - Third Place, Honorable Mention, and Jury Top 50 (2004, judged by Pino); National Park Services “Arts for the Parks” Competition - Mini Top 100 (2004); National “Paint Christopher Columbus” contest – Winner (1994)
Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art is located in historic downtown Charleston at 58 Broad Street. 843-722-3660 The entire exhibition can be viewed online at www.ellarichardson.com.