Background

Jac Tilton is a former art educator and has held various management positions in advertising, marketing, graphic design and web development during his career.

He has worked almost exclusively in watercolor for most of his career, but recently has added abstract works in graphite, carbon and charcoal to his portfolio. His watercolors and drawings are in private collections across the U.S and Canada.

He is a signature member of the Illinois Watercolor Society and a former member of the Board of Directors and Signature Member of the Iowa Watercolor Society. He is also a member of the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society.

Artist Statement

Many of my watercolors result from my attraction to old or out of the way places and subjects. I'm attracted to these subjects not from a sense of nostalgia but because of the patina that the process of existing imparts to them. The results of their use, abuse, neglect or abandonment makes for very interesting subject matter.

My figurative watercolors result from capturing people in a candid moment when they are the most natural and least self-aware.

My current drawings are essentially exercises in creating "interesting marks." The drawings are, for the most part, process driven. They begin with little more than a general concept and proceed to the finished state based almost exclusively on what happens along the way.

Process

Whether the medium is watercolor or monochrome, the process of creating the work involves applying many layers to create an image. In watercolor, it's a combination of washes, glazes and dry brush. In monochrome works, graphite, carbon and charcoal, the process of layering involves applying, smearing, erasing, and re-applying until a satisfactory combination of contrast, value and texture are achieved.

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

"Chillin' Under Michigan Avenue" has been selected for inclusion in the Illinois Watercolor Society's 33rd Annual National Juried Exhibition.

"To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street" has been selected for inclusion in the Missouri Watercolor Society's 2017 International Juried Exhibition.

Recent Shows and Publications

"The Book Club" received the 1st place award at the Iowa Watercolor Society 39th Annual Juried Show and will be included in the Iowa Watercolor Society's Traveling Show.

"Cosmic Reluctance" has been selected for inclusion in the upcoming Strokes of Genius, The Best of Drawing 9

"Cycling Man" was inlcuded in "It Figures, The Body in Art" group drawing exhibit at the ARC Gallery in Chicago, June 22-July 16, 2016

"To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street was included in the Illinois Watercolor Society's National Juried Exhibition

"Jac Tilton and Gail Chavenelle, Together Again" Galena Center for the Arts, March 4th - May 1st, 2016.

Solo exhibition at the Maquoketa Art Experience, September 3rd - October 26th, 2015.

"Lake View" received an Honorable Mention award at the Iowa Watercolor Society 38th Annual Show and will be included in the Iowa Watercolor Society's Traveling Show.

"Cosmic Irrelevance" has been selected for inclusion in the upcoming Strokes of Genius, The Best of Drawing 8

The Base Line, group drawing exhibition at ARC Gallery in Chicago, June 24th - July 18th

"Lake View" was included in the Iowa Watercolor Society 38th Annual Show.

"The Book Club" was included in the Illinois Watercolor Society 31st National Show.

Solo exhibition, Bisignano Gallery, University of Dubuque, November, 2014 - January, 2015

"Waiting for the CTA" received Best of Show honors at the 29th Annual Illinois Watercolor Society National Show.

"Going, Going" was selected for inclusion in Strokes of Genius, The Best of Drawing 6

"Cosmic Inconsequence" was included in Strokes of Genius, The Best of Drawing 5

"Songlines #1" included in Strokes of Genius, The Best of Drawing 4

"Ajax at Troy" and "Calender, IA" included in Strokes of Genius, The Best of Drawing 2