About.

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: the power of color, the beauty of nature, and the simplicity of minimalism. And, by my love of literalism and typography, my attraction to bold graphic images, and the intrigue of mark making. The varied styles of my paintings evoke a range of emotions from quiet to explosive.

The constant 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 has appeared in many national publications. 

The constant study of other artists' paintings informs my work. Some favorites are, Jenny Holzer, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker and Xiaoze Xie, just to name a few.

COMMISSION:

Cushman Wakefield

Corporate Offices, Midtown Atlanta

3:  44'' X 56''  Oil on Canvas

60'' X 98''  Oil on Canvas

 

Education: 

1977-1981, Fine Art + Design

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

 

Professional:  

1999-Present -Fine Artist

1981-1999 -Graphic Designer

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2016  Spalding Nix Fine Art

2015  Spalding Nix Fine Art

2014  The Mercantile, Atlanta, GA

2013  One Museum Mile, NYC

2012  The Mercantile, Atlanta, GA

2011  The Mercantile, Atlanta, GA

2010  The Mercantile, Atlanta, GA

2009  Scott Bundy, Kennebunkport, ME

2008  Rohm Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2007  Twinhouse Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2007  ElmTree Gallery, Franklin, TN

2006  Twinhouse Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2002  Twinhouse Gallery, Atlanta, GA 

2000  FloatAway, Atlanta, GA 

 

Corporate Collections: 

(partial list)

Cushman Wakefield, Atlanta, GA

GA Tech, Atlanta, GA

Print Pack Corporation, Atlanta, GA

Harry Norman Realtors, Atlanta, GA 

Fearings, The Ritz Carlton, Dallas, TX

Luna Restaurant, Winterpark, FL (2)

Honours Golf, King & Bear, St. Augustine, FL 

 

MEDAL of HONOR:

2012 BEST in OIL

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 

116th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, NYC

 

Publications: 

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, 

Maine Home+Design

Veranda Magazine

Creative Loafing

PaperCity

 

Residencies:

2019, TheHambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA, 

3 weeks

2016, The Art Students League of New York 

4 weeks

2014, The Art Students League of New York 

4 weeks

2013, The Art Students League of New York 

8 weeks

2012, The Art Students League of New York 

4 weeks

2011, The Art Students League of New York 

4 weeks

2009, Serenbe Institute, Palmetto, GA   

3 weeks

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