Based in Baltimore, Jack’s paintings piece together composite images in an abstract context. Layers of paint are built up then crumbled away, hinting at the lapse of time and the past lives and structures of the city and landscapes he captures. The works reference a quiet dysfunction amongst a societal order. His process begins with observing and collecting. His collection of objects and materials often serve as a ground for the work, which are forced out of their original utility and rediscovered under a new set of personal values. The visual language in the work references both a familiar and observable vernacular while being obscured into an imaginative place of abstraction. A heavy use of layering and reworking conveys a sense of time that feels slow and desolate. The palette of the work compliments this feeling as it is usually stripped down and weathered. Jack’s work celebrates life with a childlike enthusiasm, embracing play and chance into an expressive world of mark making and colour. Recurring motifs and evasive imagery reference times past and the naive painting style implies a nostalgic nod to the past.