“In spring of 2020, right as the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic was shutting down the world, I began work on what became this series of paintings. The more I worked, the more I thought I was painting “company” — visitors we were not allowed in lockdown in many states, but with social distancing neither required nor desired. Here are studio groups as the work goes along, some getting “finished” before others, while I try and figure out what they are all about. They are all brush-drawn India ink and watercolor on 30 x 22-inch Arches paper.”

Work by Jack Balas