Jen Tough Gallery

Jerry McLaughlin

Video Interview with Jerry by Nicholas Wilton

Jerry is the co-author of the long anticipated new book, Cold Wax: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations with Rebecca Crowell, which is considered the preeminent book on the subject.

Look for Jerry's solo exhibition coming October, 2017.

"I paint to get into that space in my mind—that quiet space where the internal dialogues are silenced, where there is no sense of time. That kind of quiet, deep experience is what I try to create in my paintings.

 I am influenced by urban surfaces—the streets, sidewalks, and walls around us. Whether it is graffiti, text, symbols, trash, gum, or spilled coffee, I am fascinated by the amount of unspoken communication, story, and history in these surfaces. Over time they are worn down or painted over, and the cycle continues. I find a deep beauty and complexity in these seemingly simple, mundane surfaces.

 My paintings start with a lot of colors and a lot of marks. Frequently there are words, numbers, and symbols—recognizable things. But gradually, layer-by-layer, I obscure them. As I build up the painting, I am quieting it down. In the end, though the paintings have complex textures, they are essentially minimalist surfaces in neutral tones.

I choose my materials for the tactile experience I get working with them and for the textures they allow me to create: oil paint, pigments, and solvent—sand, ash, and dirt. A soft beeswax paste holds it all together. I use texture and surface as field."

—Jerry McLaughlin


( SOLD ) Still at the Edge II

'Still at the Edge II' (oil and wax on cradled panel, 32 x 48 x 2) has garnered the most attention in the group show, 'Wax' for it's strong yet simple presence, alluring texture, subtle color variations and brave minimalistic style. Jerry is influenced by the urban life and textures around him in Oakland and inspired by what most of us overlook: a rusted sign, faded siding, worn concrete, which he uses to tell new stories about the urban experience. Additional details and pictures upon request.

Sticky and Golden

Gorgeous and powerful work by Jerry McLaughlin completed in 2016, its is oil and wax on panel, 36" x 36" (2" depth), and part of our 'Wax' show. Jerry is a highly sought after artist by many collectors for his strong minimal pieces.


Nights Abiding Gloom

Texture rich and powerful oil, cold wax and mixed media on cradled panel. 30" x 40" x 2", 2016


In The Carbide Mist (diptych)

Gorgeous and powerful diptych. Oil, cold wax, pigments and mixed media on two cradled panels of identical size (36" x 48 "x 2"). Completed in 2016.


MacArthur Station

Rich and haunting oil, cold wax and mixed media on cradled panel. 36" x 36" x 2", 2015