Paul Henry’s Art Gallery to Feature “All About Abstract” on July 19

By: Paul Henry's Art Gallery Last Updated: July 15, 2014

all-about-abstractPaul Henry's Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a new show, "All About Abstract" which features the work of two highly accomplished Chicago artists, Pearlie Taylor and Jason E. Jones. The exhibit opening reception will be on Saturday, July 19 from 3-9 p.m.

This exhibit will truly explode from the walls in a fusion of color and technique. We feel it will be among the most vibrant showings of art we have ever displayed at Paul Henry's.

Pearlie Taylor and Jason E. Jones have worked for decades to develop their particular style, the subtleties of the work and the thoughtful composition just as strong as the raw sensory connections of color that initially engage the viewer. It is as if each piece reflects a high energy celebration that has emerged from within each artist and has found its way to the canvas.

We hope you will join us July 19th. The show will run until August 23rd.

Paul Henry's Art Gallery, 416 Sibley, Hammond, IN. For more information, please phone, 219-678-5015. Please reference bio information for the artists as included below.

Pearlie Taylor

Pearlie Taylor is an abstract expressionist artist of over forty years who works primarily in acrylics. She has worked in a variety of mediums but chooses acrylics for the depth of color and her wet in wet painting style. She believes the use of color can affect a conscious and positive change in individuals, creating a “subliminal communication".

Pearlie Taylor’s interest in art began as an adolescent when she found herself in drawing on everything in her surroundings, from brown paper bags to whatever would hold an image. She discovered in third grade that her drawings of women wearing gowns were worth a nickel to her classmates.

She was drawn to watercolor in high school experimenting with still life and landscapes. As a young adult she broadened her art studies to include life drawings and working with oils and pastels. Her initial focus of portraiture and landscape changed during middle age as she began to gravitate toward abstract art, where she found her passion as an abstract painter.

Pearlie Taylor’s parents were former sharecroppers who made their way to Chicago from her birthplace of Vance, Mississippi, during the great migration in 1945 when she was three years old.

Pearlie married and raised a family of five while pursuing a career with Sears Roebuck Company of Chicago. She worked as an Advertising Representative and a typographer in the catalog-advertising department at Sears, retiring after 20 years.

Pearlie and her husband opened a UPS Store Franchise in 1997. After his death in 2002 she sold the business and retired to focus on art.

She studied at The American Academy of Art in Chicago and the Historic South Side Community Art Center .

Pearlie’s artwork has been described as a mixture of abstract, modern and contemporary. Her influences range from Jackson Pollack, Richard Dempsey to Dale Chiluly. Pearlie has worked in a variety of mediums but more often chooses acrylics for the depth of color and her wet in wet painting style.

Pearlie Taylor is the recipient of the African American Alliance of the Arts Award for Excellence in Abstract Art. In 2008 her paintings were recognized by The Museum of Science and Industry Black Creativity Exhibit.

Pearlie’s art exhibitions include the DuSable Museum, Highland Park Arts Center, Highland Park, IL, University of Illinois at Chicago, National Black Fine Arts Show in New York, Chicago Jazz Festival, Macy’s, Chicago, Illinois, Cubano International in Toulouse, France.

Ms. Taylor's art work has been published in Brides Noir Bridal Magazine (2007), Chicago GRO and Better Homes and Gardens Magazine (2006).

Pearlie is the recipient of the African American Alliance of the Arts Award for Excellence in Abstract Art. In 2008 her paintings were recognized with an award by The Museum of Science and Industry Black Creativity Exhibition.

Her work is currently shown at Gallery Guichard in Chicago.

Jason E. Jones

Jason E. Jones is a Chicago-born and based, self-taught artist who holds a BFA in Interior Design from the International Academy of Design, Chicago. Jason is nationally recognized for his use of gold leaf, and indigenous materials such as sand from Chicago's 63rd Street beach. Some of Jason's newer work deals with an acrylic polymer technique.

Jason E. Jones has been published and has also been an educator and curator of fine art, sharing his talent with such programs as Chicago's Gallery 37 After School Matters program, the Fine Art Collaborative, and the South Shore Cultural Center.

Jason has shown his work in numerous galleries such ArtJaz Gallery (Philadelphia), Gallery Guichard (Chicago), Period Gallery (Omaha), Nicole Gallery (Chicago).