Over the past fifteen years Jennifer Riley has produced chromatically brilliant abstract paintings that deploy line, plane and color in works of ‘impure’ geometric abstraction with crystalline forms and a Pop aesthetic. Riley has always sought ways to suggest the human presence in geometric abstraction, so that even her most hard-edged, linear works appear organic. Now Riley has intentionally expanded the characteristics of her lines and planes and activated her grounds to create an unusual allover spatial movement. The new works color palettes enliven biomorphic shapes that seem to be simultaneously floating and tethered to an unseen structure. With a greater diversity of touch and process and with an alert attention to the material qualities of oil paint, Riley is able to combine an eclectic array of aesthetic inspirations ranging from cultural treasures to nature and the everyday.
Jennifer Riley received her BFA in Painting from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA Tufts University Medford, MA and her MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College Annandale On Hudson, NY. She has exhibited at Lennon Weinberg, NYC,; Jason McCoy NYC; ; Janet Kurnatowski, Brooklyn and at RISD, Providence RI; Boston University, Boston, MA; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ ; Harvard Design School, Cambridge, MA. Hofstra University NY, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond,VA. Her work has been reviewed on Artcritical.com; The Boston Glove; The Boston Herald, The New York Sun, The New York Times and The New York Observer, The Downtown Express.