Originally created 12/30/04

Artist uses creative eye to find inspiration

According to Atlanta artist Kerream Jones, sometimes size does matter.

Mr. Jones, whose work will be on display at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History beginning Sunday, fills his often-sizable canvases with abstracted figures, graphic geometry, bold colors and recurring musical imagery.

"It's a style that's still developing," Mr. Jones said in a recent telephone interview from his Atlanta home and studio. "I'm always trying new and different things. I do love music, and right now it is showing up in my work. Now next year, it might be something else - me and my lady, or maybe family."

Educated as a graphic designer, Mr. Jones draws inspiration from the abstractions he sees in everyday subjects.

"Inspiration, for me, comes from everywhere," he said. "It might come from something I see going to Augusta, it might come from seeing a tree, I might see it looking at the lines of a newspaper. There are these great abstract forms everywhere."

For many artists, the challenge of mounting an exhibition such as the Laney show is producing an adequate amount of work. Mr. Jones dismissed the idea of last-minute cramming with a laugh, saying a paucity of work is never a problem for him.

"Oh, I have enough work," he said. "I travel a lot, selling my pieces, so I always have a lot of work. I'm not a hobby artist - this is what I do. And for me, it's like an addiction.

Reach Steven Uhles at (706) 823-3626 or steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com.

Get visual

WHAT: An exhibition of paintings by Kerream Jones

WHEN: Sunday through Feb. 28; museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.

COST: $3 adults and $1 students; 724-3576.


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