Jonathan Eckel, Untitled
Almost every painting comes to a point somewhere along the process where I consider burying it and never telling anyone where. In this grave is where that life force of creation lies, when one moment you could give up entirely, the next minute you are awakened to the imagery and its purpose. You know what it must be and that what was once a mistake is now the lungs with which the painting breathes.
Surprising leaps, erased ideas, and impetuous sweeps of color expose the struggle of the creative process. In some passages, solid geometries or figurative references approach coherence, only to be disturbed by seemingly irrational flurries of markings.
Eckel was raised in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He studied abroad in Rome and received a BFA in painting and art education from Tyler School of Art in 2003. His work has been shown at Dalet Gallery, the Nichols Berg Gallery, and boltax.gallery.