Inland Empire Museum of Art Presents Rod Jones Artist Solo Exhibition: Discovering Receptive Abstract Patternism

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The Inland Empire Museum of Art (IEMA) is starting 2019 with an innovative new exhibition. The solo exhibit entitled Discovering Receptive Abstract Patternism© features the paintings of Rod Jones artist.

“I push my chosen art style with every painting I do. Some are more successful than others. But I’m not afraid to challenge either the viewer or myself. If I can use color and form in an eclectic way and still maintain some semblance of continuity, then I am accomplishing my goal.”

Gene Sasse the Founder and Director of The Inland Empire Museum of Art (IEMA) is starting 2019 with an innovative new exhibition. The solo exhibit entitled Discovering Receptive Abstract Patternism© features the paintings of Rod Jones artist. This is an important exhibit and a first for the Southern California art museum because the show title was chosen from the artist’s own interpretation of his painting style.

Rod Jones is a Southern California Artist. After spending a good part of his career as a Commercial Advertising Photographer, he shifted his energy to operating his own creative services and marketing company. Approximately 18 years ago he started to develop his painting style. Rod often states because he “committed to painting later in life, he knew he did not have the luxury of spending many years creating his own unique vision for his art.” The style he embraced is one that initially evolved from painting in the Impressionist style. Today his art is considered by many to be especially authentic. When viewed, the body of his art has a common theme yet each piece clearly stands on its own. Collectors with a sensitive eye appreciate that his work is constantly evolving and that the style that he has created is open-ended and has no restrictions.

“I push my chosen art style with every painting I do. Some are more successful than others. But I’m not afraid to challenge either the viewer or myself. If I can use color and form in an eclectic way and still maintain some semblance of continuity, then I am accomplishing my goal.”

His style has been intelligently named Receptive Abstract Patternism™, a term coined by his daughter. She determined that the style revolves around the artist receiving conscious and subconscious signals and stimuli to create an image independent of common form, held together by the continuity and comfort of a pattern.

Jones paints an image in an unorthodox manner, while maintaining a common thread through the comfort of distinct patterns. Each original painting has interconnected elements that speak distinctly to each observer. Rod’s paintings are interpreted individually by his audience – for example some spark a soothing and meditative reflection while others see the same painting as energetic and modern.

Rod explains, “While most people understand the word abstract… because it certainly is. Most of my work is non-representational and non-objective. So it’s easy to conclude that my artwork is abstract. The word Patternism is pretty obvious…we often say that the paintings are held together by the continuity and comfort of pattern. As the work has progressed some of these patterns are quite complex. Others are simple. But if you view the vast number of paintings I have created, you will quickly see the style and many-faceted uses of patterns. Now is the part of the term I am particularly partial to, the word Receptive. You have to be pretty open in your thinking to be receptive, open to being creative. Plus you can’t be overly objective. Of course, you can be receptive to outside influences, many representational artists are, and they interpret subject matter with their own unique styles. My Receptive style requires the stimulation to percolate up from my own non-objective thinking.”

Gene Sasse states, “ As the museum Director during the past five years, I have been host to many wonderful exhibits and have curated many of these shows. For me this exhibit was fresh and innovative, and I believe it will be very well received by our museum audience and patrons. And a great start to the 2019 art season.”

Discovering Receptive Abstract Patternism exhibit will be on display from January 6- February 10, 2019.

The Opening Reception will be January 6, 2019 from 2 - 5 pm.

Art Talk will be on January 19, 2019, 6-8 pm

Inland Empire Museum of Art (IEMA)

The Inland Empire Museum of Art is positioned to be one of the leading arts venues in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. Incorporated in 2013, IEMA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public benefit corporation that not only compliments, but enhances the artistic endeavors in the region. The museum is helping to create strong bonds in the community, while addressing the need for cultural enhancement and educational support. IEMA is working to develop public/private partnerships, with the museum playing host to enriching the Inland Empire. Art museums play a constructive role in society by enhancing the quality of life in the community. The goal of the Inland Empire Museum of Art is to become an arts destination, free to the public, where art, education and connections come alive. Our mission is to enrich cultural life in the Inland Empire and beyond, to foster and promote the study, appreciation and understanding of art through exhibits, education and publications. IMEA is located at 1334 North Benson Avenue, Unit D, Upland, California 91786.

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