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Jackie Tileston: Just This - An Exhibition of New Paintings

Location: Holly Johnson Gallery

Holly Johnson Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Jackie Tileston: Just This, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper. An opening reception will be held June 22, from 5 -7 p.m. The exhibition continues through September 28.

In the artist’s most recent work, her practices in yoga and meditation, trance techniques and entheogenic experiences are converging in new experimental and conceptual processes based in automatic drawing. The paintings and drawings function as topographic energy maps of unknown realms, expressions of cosmic play, or the visual equivalent of sound waves emerging from a field of potential.

In the nondual traditions of ancient India, Consciousness is understood to be the fundamental of the universe from which everything arises. One field of blissful Awareness vibrates and separates into infinite loci of diverse individual perspectives, and the manifest universe is thus the result of ecstatic emanations from this unified field.

Tileston asks whether what she calls “deep perceiving” can catalyze the experience of non-ordinary states of consciousness, and can these experiences help to evolve new paradigms of interconnectedness?  

Jackie Tileston (b. Manila, Philippines) spent her childhood as an itinerant “Third Culture Kid”, living in the Philippines, India, England, and France, before moving to the US.  This intercultural mix and sense of belonging everywhere and nowhere has become the template for making layered and contemplative paintings with her own pictorial vocabulary and symbolism.

Tileston’s work has been featured in solo exhibits in Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Dallas, and group exhibits at the Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston), The Elizabeth Foundation, Art in General and the Painting Center (New York), and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art. Her work is in the public collections of the Art Museum of South Texas, Dallas Museum of Art, Jameel Collection in Dubai, JP Morgan Chase, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the West Virginia University Art Museum.

She received a B.A. from Yale University (1983) and MFA from Indiana University (1988). She is the recipient of the Core Fellowship Residency at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1988-1990), the Pew Fellowship in the Arts (2004), the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency (2005), the Guggenheim Fellowship (2006), and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2011) and residency (2017), Yaddo Foundation residency (2019), Dora Maar House in Menerbes, France (2022), and Surf Point Foundation Residency in Maine (2023). She lives in Philadelphia, where she is a Professor in Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

Holly Johnson Gallery is located at 1845 East Levee Street; Suite #100; Dallas, Texas 75207. Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information call 214-369-0169, or email, or visit