Artist Statement

Energy and movement are the real subject of my still life paintings.  In setting up a still life, I look for an initial gestural path connecting the objects in the painting.  Over repeated painting sessions, new and unexpected paths emerge.  The constant rethinking of what connections to emphasize and which to let recede puts a tension into play.  Things grow, shrink and get shifted right and left and the residue of these changes add unexpected rhythms to the paintings.  Similarly, over time the interaction of color appears to change in timbre.  As these changes are documented, unexpected colors knock against each other creating an energy and excitement I never could have predicted.  The resulting paintings are more expressive than accurate, less about a moment glimpsed than about a duration of time and a multiplicity of observations.


Jessie Coles. Onions, 2013.
Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 30″.
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Jessie Coles, Hubbard and Onions, 2014.
Oil on Canvas, 25 x 30″

Jessie Coles, Aubergine, 2013.
Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36″

Jessie Coles, White Coffee Pot II, 2014.
Oil on canvas, diptych, 36 x 30″ each, 36 x 60″.

Jessie Coles, Plums and Lipton Box, 2014.
Oil on canvas, 36 x 30″.

Jessie Coles, Bananas and Cherry Tomato, 2014.
Oil on canvas, 20 x 16″.

Jessie Coles, Red Cabbage and Pattypan, 2014.
Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 30″.

Jessie Coles. Short Green Table with Lipton, 2013.
Oil on linen, 36 x 30″.
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Jessi Coles, Dark Teapot and Blue Cups, 2014.
Oil on canvas, 18 x 16″.

Jessi Coles, Dark Teapot and Blue Cups, 2014.
Oil on canvas, 18 x 16″.

Jessie Coles. Yellow Apples, 2013.
Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36″.

Jessie Coles. Dark Teapot and Yellow Curtains, 2014.
Oil on canvas, 20 x 16″.
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Jessie Coles. Two Shells, 2013.
Oil on canvas, 18 x 24″.

Jessie Coles. Tea Pots and Stripes, 2013.
Acrylic on Canvas, 20 x 24″.

Jessie Coles. Squash, 2013.
Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 18″.

Jessie Coles. Shitake and Acorn Squash, 2013.
Oil on canvas, 14 x 11″.
SOLD

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