Jeffrey Cortland Jones


I am interested in:


apprehending then releasing

the resistance of a color then surrendering to it

a hard edge as it softens

the slight peeking that come from covering and layering

that space between the wall and object

when shallow and deep appear the same

what it’s like to look through the fog

when a mostly matte surface shifts to a little tinge of gloss that hangs out at the edge

that place between misplacing and finding

how white can be both warm and cool at the same time

when you find that correcting is making it worse

the moment when a stable stack is on the verge of collapse

when contemplation breaks down and you go for it



Jeffrey Cortland Jones is a painter, curator, and professor who lives in Southwestern Ohio. His work is represented by Angela Meleca Gallery, Columbus, OH; Galleri Urbane, Dallas + Marfa, TX; Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA; Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY; Matthew Rachman Gallery, Chicago, IL; and TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia.

Jeffrey’s work has been widely exhibited and has been written about in the Wall Street Journal (where Peter Plagens wrote that his solo exhibition at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts was “the best thing in a back room I’ve seen in a long time,”) Art LTD magazine, Contemporary Art Review LA, WideWalls, showcased twice in the national publication New American Paintings, and featured in over 150 exhibitions since 2010. He has had solo exhibitions at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York; Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn; Raygun Projects, Toowoomba, Australia; Galleri Urbane, Dallas; RZT Gallery, Las Vegas; SomeWalls, Oakland; and Gray Contemporary, Houston; and has been included in group exhibitions at Jamie Brooks Fine Art, Los Angeles, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary, New York; Lyons Wier Gallery, New York; Skibum MacArthur, Los Angeles; Centre d’art Contemporain, Metz, France; the Elmhurst Art Museum, Chicago; Matthew Rachman Gallery, Chicago; Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville; Lewisham Arthouse, London, England; Mini Galerie, Amsterdam, Netherlands; &Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; Galerie oqbo, Berlin, Germany; Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne, Germany; Pharmaka, Los Angeles; Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn; Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia; the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, St. Louis; and Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore. 

He received a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, both in Painting and Drawing. Jeffrey is a Professor of Art at the University of Dayton where he heads the Painting program. 

In addition to making work, Jeffrey also actively curates exhibitions at a number of galleries and alternative spaces, including DIVISIBLE, a project space he co-founded in 2014.