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by Todd Camplin

If you’re looking for a calm before the storm of “DFW Art Month,” then I would recommend two
shows to visit. First, take yourself away on a trip to the quiet abstraction of boats and the sea
wave. At least many of David Aylsworth’s paintings seemed to visually reference the nautical
theme. For a further strip down show of pure colors and white rectangles, head over to see
Jeffrey Cortland Jones’ paintings. Both will cleanse your palate for the inevitable glut of art
about to come our way with the Dallas Art Fair and all the art opening to come.
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Jeffrey Cortland Jones is showing small enamel paintings on acrylic panels. His work is up at Galleri
Urbane in the gallery to your immediate right as you come into the space. The panels are lined
up on three walls ranging from yellowish green to light blue as base coats. White rectangles have
been painted over in various thicknesses. The paintings are very meditative and calm. I feel my
mood leveling out as I looked around the room. Through my research, it looks that he has come
from the angle of a photographer. He also played with collage. Each body of work was
influenced by minimal philosophy. You can feel his investigation of the minimalist though
permeates throughout his art.
David Aylsworth’s show at Holly Johnson Gallery has shapes that appear to reference water and
boats, but these are abstract works so I also enjoy them for just his shapes and colors. His use of
white dominates the show. Also his texture from painting and changing things on his canvas
come through. It is like he has battled his way across the canvas to create these calm images.
Much of his colors are muted with a slight tint. However, colors pop out like red or yellow that
draw you into the picture, but then directs you around the image.

Of course, not all Aylworth’s paintings reference the sea. I don’t see water referenced in Thanks to
You, Sweet Petunia. The foreground is yellow on a white background. The painting appears to be
more like a portrait of a head. Dubonnet in the Nude might reference wine, but nude indicates
some kind of figuration idea. Nude wine is pretty funny to think about. I don’t know what it
means, but it seems to make both the word dubonnet and the word nude absorbed. As
quiet as these pieces are, they are fun and light hearted. I find it challenging to both be
serious and playful at the same time, but Aylworth appears to have pulled it off.
Jeffrey Cortland Jones
Installation View

Jeffrey Cortland Jones Ruined (Conflict), 2017
Enamel on acrylic panel, 14 x 11 in
David Aylsworth, Upon His Caterpillar Knee, 2015  
Oil on canvas, 45 x 48 in.
Jeffrey Cortland Jones will be showing at Galleri Urbane through March 21st. David Aylsworth will
also show through March 21st, but he will be up at Holly Johnson Gallery.
David Aylsworth, Thanks to You, Sweet Petunia, 2016
Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.