Jack Niles 1928 -1981
I'm an Atlanta native specializing in contemporary oil paintings. I grew up in a family in which art was highly valued. My art education and practice were encouraged from a very early age. My father, Jack Niles, was a fiercely independent creative who demonstrated the need for simultaneous creativity and discipline. I studied Fine Art and Design at the University of Georgia. Today, I continue my education as an artist through persistent painting, exploration, artists’ residencies, and study of past and present artists.
My work is influenced by a variety of interests including: color interaction, landscape, minimalism, typography, and mark making. The study of other artists' paintings also informs my work. Some favorites are, Jenny Holzer, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker and Xiaoze Xie, just to name a few.
I follow a course of simplifying and complicating layers of oil until the painting starts to emerge and show a hint of what IT wants to be. I'm not so much a make-it-happen artist as a let-it-happen one.The technique of layering the oil paint creates texture and ghosted surfaces. These veneers may be almost undetectable but they provide a mysteriousness that keeps the viewer fascinated and involved.
My paintings are prominently displayed in fine homes and corporate collections around the country and as far reaching as New Delhi and have appeared in many national publications.