Jack Featherly (b. 1966 in Rolla, Missouri) makes paintings that are stylistically diverse and avoid presenting an "easy read.” They begin in traditions of gestural abstraction, product packaging, TV graphics and ukiyo-e, but end somewhere completely new. His meticulous craft and lack of obvious conceptual basis make for magnetic works, where overlapping blocks of color and pictorial lines maintain a level playing field in terms of visual hierarchies. This approach "allows for a shapeshifting world," Featherly says. “There is no such thing as truth in art, all meaning is mutable.”
Featherly completed his BFA at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Recent solo exhibitions were presented at Mesler/Feuer in New York (2015), Upfor in Portland (2014), and Christopher Henry Gallery in New York (2010). Featherly's works appear in two-artist and group exhibitions throughout the United States and in France, Germany, South Korea and Japan. The corporate collections of Progressive and Chase Bank, as well as various private collections, include his work. In summer 2016, Featherly was part of Portland 2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Michelle Grabner and presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center.
Featherly recently received a 2018 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.