DC Arts Center Presents Wayson R. Jones Lush: Reinvention

By Editorial Team on February 11, 2019
Wayson R. Jones, Meadows, 2018, (detail) Extra-course pumice gel, acrylic, Flashe on wood panel, 6″x6″x1.5″. Courtesy of DCAC.
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Opening Reception: Friday, February 15 from 7pm to 9pm
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Exhibition on view through April 7, 2019

Lush: Reinvention¬†presents a small new body of richly textured and brilliantly colored paintings. A departure from Jones’ extensive grayscale work, the introduction of vivid color is a new dialect in his personal visual language. Themes of weight, presence, and beauty emerge through abstraction.

About the artist:
Wayson R. Jones is a painter, musician, and spoken-word artist. He received a degree in music from University of Maryland and later went on to perform with renowned poet Essex Hemphill, as part of Washington DC’s burgeoning Black gay and lesbian arts scene of the 1980s and ’90s. The two performed across the country, and appeared in works by groundbreaking filmmaker Isaac Julien (Looking for Langston) and videographer Marlon Riggs (Tongues Untied,¬†Black Is/Black Ain’t). Wayson’s visual art is informed by these experiences and by an exuberant approach to materiality and process. He has had solo shows at BlackRock Center for the Arts, Arts/Harmony Hall, and the Northern Virginia Community College. His work has been purchased by the DCCAH, the Maryland/National Capitol Park and Planning Commission, MGM National Harbor, and is in private collections in the DC area and nationally.

Gallery hours:

  • Wednesdays through Sundays: 2pm to 7pm

All events are free and open to the public and are at DC Arts Center (DCAC), 2438 18th Street NW.