Jack Balas is an artist originally based in Chicago and Los Angeles, who divides his time between painting, drawing and photography, cross-referenced at times with writing and other media . A recipient in 1995 of an Individual Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts, he is represented in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York), the Denver Art Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (Iowa), the Kent & Vicki Logan Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the 21c Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, and the Usminas Cultural Institute (Usicultura), Ipatinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil, among others. A portfolio of his paintings "Today I Drove Along the Rio Grande" was published in issue #120 of The Paris Review (New York). His 2008 museum solo project "We'll Be Seeing You" appeared at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. In 2014-2016 he is exhibiting work in a group show sponsored by the US State Department's Art in Embassies Program, at the United States Embassy in Vienna, Austria.
This Time Around
Flock of Geese
Over 40 years ago one of my first paintings was a mountain lake like this, at sunset with ducks taking wing, and I probably worked on it for days.
This time around the painting may have taken me only a few hours, but to learn to let myself paint it this way... that's taken me 40 years.