For more than three decades, retired attorney Randy S. Jones has been diligently at work in the confines of his house in Decatur, Georgia, on hundreds of boldly rendered abstract paintings that virtually no one has ever seen. Jones happens to live across the street from David Naugle, who, when he was living in Upstate New York more than a decade ago, introduced us to the stunning photographs of his neighbor Mark Hogancamp, which we published in Esopus 5. Naugle interviewed Jones—and photographed many of his artworks—for a piece in Esopus 25.
This exhibition of Jones's work—featuring a series of his abstract paintings and collages, many included in this issue—was at the Esopus Space Pop-Up (64 West Third Street, #210, NYC) from May 9 to June 2, 2018. It represented not only a New York debut for Jones but also was the first-ever public exhibition of this undiscovered artist’s work.
Photograph by David Naugle