Current Exhibition

from January 24th until February 25th, 2015

New Abstractions

Martica Griffin, Jeanie Gooden, Jason Craighead, and Mildred Jarrett

January 24-February 25

Opening Reception: February 7th, 6-9 pm

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present New Abstractions, a group painting show featuring works by Martica Griffin, Jeanie Gooden, Jason Craighead, and Mildred Jarrett. Anchored in the visually objective subject, New Abstractions allows for a both lively and meditative experience. Nashville-based Martica Griffin's oeuvre comprises kaleidoscopic paintings, deeply rooted in geometrical and bright, colorful forms. Complementing Griffin's work are Jeanie Gooden's large-scale paintings, which explore the interaction of colors and incorporate a variety of mixed media including handmade paper, metal, and hand stitching. Jason Craighead, a recognized leader in the North Carolina art scene, employs expressive, emotionally charged mark-making that is raw and honest, resulting in comparatively alluvial canvases. And, entering her seventh decade as a practicing artist, Nashville-native Mildred Jarrett layers and manipulates paint in her canvases, concealing and revealing delicate forms. Related through a common conceptual approach, the works encompassing this exhibition will demonstrate the enduring relevance of abstraction in American visual art.

A native of Valdosta, Georgia, Martica Griffin graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. She has done post-graduate work at the School for Visual Arts in New York and studied with other painters including Steve Aimone and David Guidera. Her work resides in various public and private collections.

Jeanie Gooden is an American painter who lives and works between the United States and Central Mexico. In recent years, most of her paintings have been created in the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a city known for its history as a "creative home" for artists from all over the world. Gooden has works in numerous public and private collections in the United States as well as internationally.

A resident of downtown Raleigh for 16 years, Jason Craighead grew up in Florida where he studied art at Gulf Coast Community College and Florida State University. His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the Southeastern United States. He has received numerous awards, and his work has been featured in a number of publications, including Artists & Art Galleries of the Southeast (July 2006).

Mildred Jarrett began in art classes at age 15, and continued her education at The University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University and Volunteer State Community College, then graduated with an associate of fine arts from Watkins College of Art and Design. Notable solo exhibitions include the State of Tennessee Bicentennial Celebration in Nashville (2012); Leu Gallery, Belmont University in Nashville (2011); the Parthenon Museum in Nashville (1994-2005); Tennessee State Museum, Performing Arts Center, Nashville; Gordon Jewish Community Center; and many more.