Jeff Jamison ~ "Metropolitan"
Jeff Jamison is back this fall at Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art with a new exhibition celebrating the romance of city life. Jamison’s contemporary Impressionist style is playful, yet thought-provoking and his unique style brings collectors from near and far. In “Metropolitan,” lovers and dog walkers stroll rainy sidewalks and sit in street cafes as Jamison captures the simplest moments in beautiful ways.
“Metropolitan” has a European feel as it highlights old architecture and wide plazas. Jamison primarily prefers leaving the specific locale and narrative up to the viewer, but admits that his works have an Old World charm that is undeniable. In his paintings, Jamison tries to evoke a timeless quality that begs the question of when and where. This is emphasized by his juxtaposition of bright, rich tones with soft grays and whites that loosely highlight as they blur into buildings and figures.
Born in West Memphis, Arkansas, Jamison began serious art studies at Middle Tennessee State University in 1977. He enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1982 and graduated two years later, immediately starting work as an Editorial Illustrator for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel newspaper. During this period of illustration, he also worked as a courtroom sketch artist for the Manuel Noriega trial and devised award-winning magazine and novel covers. Ultimately deciding to convert to painting, Jamison utilizes Old Master techniques coupled with a manipulation of light and brushstroke to create his signature style. Opening Artist Reception coincides with the Art Walk from 5-8pm on December 4 and the exhibition runs through January 8, 2016.