Jason Eckley exhibits a selection of his illustrations at Highline Coffee Art Space in Worthington, August 1-September 2, 2019.
Eckley’s work is minimalistic in nature, expressing a delightful sense of lighthearted fun, primarily through the use of pen and ink and pastel hues. In some cases, the viewer is necessarily drawn in closer to discover what embedded message might be revealed.
“My illustrations are an attempt to create something stylish and pleasant,” Eckley explains. “The playful, whimsical designs featured in my work also reflect their accidental origin. I have no training in art and hesitate to call myself a true artist or illustrator. Instead, the pen and notebook I used for miscellaneous writing gave way to miscellaneous sketching. A sense of composition, rather than natural talent, brought my scribbles to life.”
Currently a finance professional who resides in central Ohio, Eckley recently started his entrepreneurial art business, where he creates work not only in illustration but also in photography and graphic design, including posters, greeting cards, and coloring books.
“Jason’s wonderful illustrations are a welcome complement to the cheerful and light-filled atmosphere we’ve created in our newly-remodeled shop,” says Christie Bruffy, owner and manager of Highline Coffee Co. “We remain committed to showing the varied work of our talented area artists and our expanded space offers a much better venue to do that.”
“We’re happy to have finally been able to schedule Jason’s solo exhibit to properly show his entertaining illustrations,” explains Don Scott, director and curator of Highline Coffee Art Space. “Our new gallery space allows us to display more of an artist’s body of work than in the previous location.”