Amy Jones Jenkins: Karma
Where: Ro2 Art | The Magnolia Theatre Second Floor, 3699 S. Mckinney Avenue, Suite 100 Dallas, TX 75215
When: January 14 - February 17, 2020
Artist Reception: January 15, 6-8 PM
Ro2 is proud to present Karma, a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Amy Jones Jenkins. The show will run from January 14 through February 17, 2020. There will be an artist reception held on Wednesday, January 15 from 6-8 PM at Ro2’s The Magnolia Theater gallery located at 3699 McKinney Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas TX 75204.
In her upcoming solo exhibition, Amy Jones Jenkins creates a karma driven narrative inspired by a well-known wolf and 2018 Inktober prompts. These playful compositions first start off as rough drawings on paper, and evolve into fully realized digital drawings on Procreate via IPad.
My current series of 31 digital drawings is a narrative inspired by a well-known wolf and Inktober prompts in 2018. I drew a prompt a day with the popular character Big Bad Wolf representing a very evil man I know from real life that was first introduced in the Mercy Me series.
This series of drawings started roughly on paper with ink sometimes not fully figured out and then explored further digitally in Procreate with a pantone palette of reds-and greens on an IPad Pro. I wanted fully realized compositions and a consistent theme to help inspire compositional consideration and a sustained investigation in my Advanced Placement art students work at Boswell High School. My intent was to have fun creating “karma-return” situations for a very bad wolf. These are my digital beginnings.
About the Artist
Amy Jones Jenkins was born and lives in Fort Worth, Texas. Her narrative paintings and drawings explore the good versus evil dichotomy in multiple series of works combined with an element of Texas tall tale exaggerations. She loves great Southern storytellers like Flannery O’Connor, Harper Lee, and William Styron. In particular, she is interested in popular art characters playing roles in our common real life experiences. Especially, Amy is exploring catharsis, karma, and revenge with these characters in various media and color schemes.
Amy is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University where she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art where she studied under Fort Worth painter Ron Tomlinson. Ron told Amy, “Get out of Texas!” and study painting in New England. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Boston University where she studied under painter John Walker. After graduate school, she was invited to attend the Vermont Studio Center with artists Bernie Chaet and Barbara Grossman for a month long residency. She lived in Boston for three years then moved back to her home state to paint and teach art. Amy was a Hunting Art Prize Finalist in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in Texas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.
About Ro2 Art
Ro2 Art, a contemporary fine art gallery located in The Cedars Neighborhood near Downtown Dallas, represents a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists – many with ties to the North Texas Region. The gallery, founded in 2010 by mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth, regularly collaborates with organizations such as The MAC and Cedars Union and maintains an exhibition program within the Magnolia Theatre at West Village and other satellite venues. Ro2 Art has been named Dallas Observer's "Best Art Gallery" and was presented with the 25th Annual Obelisk Award for small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. The gallery's art fair program has included the Dallas Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, and Art Aspen.
All works will be on view from January 14 through February 17. Please join us for the artist reception on Wednesday, January 15 from 6-8 PM at Ro2 Art, located at 3699 McKinney Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas TX 75204. For more information, visit www.Ro2art.com, or call Jordan Roth at (214) 803-9575.
Jordan Roth, Ro2 Art
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