Mackerel Fishing, Oil on board, 67 x 61 cm, £1,950
Our current exhibition ‘Sea Interludes’ features a new collection of paintings by Robert Jones inspired by the musical sequences in Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes; Jones presents a response to these melodys with the paint itself, using the light to represent changing moods.
Robert Jones was born in Newquay, Cornwall in 1943. He studied at Falmouth School of Art where he was taught by Francis Hewlett and Robert Organ. The impressions he gained of the area, the changing weather and light, wild seas and skies are a recurring theme in his work; an important formative influence providing the practical and theoretical foundations for his art.
See images of the exhibition below
Here is an interesting excerpt from Jenny Pery’s book : “Robert Jones” which gives and insight into Jones’ concepts and thoughts behind his work.
“The recent series of seas and skies, painted in a format just off the square and reduced to a simple structure of clouds and water meeting over a low
horizon, contain truths about the weather, which can be universally recognised. These are not merely paintings of the sea, but are about the experience
of being at sea. They explore the subtle shifts of wind and water from a close viewpoint; they identify with the sea, seeming to contain symbolic truths
about internal weather, about human moods and feelings. These nuances of mood can hardly be names, but they are nevertheless recognisable as
states of being.
These are paintings made in the studio over a long period of time, which are deliberations on past experience. While the content has been sorted and
sifted, the freshness of touch remains. Each has a specific yet timeless presence. “
Amongst my favourite pieces of music are the Sea Interludes from the Benjamin Britten opera Peter Grimes. These extraordinary compositions
communicate such emotion. The four movements are called: Dawn; Sunday Morning; Moonlight; and Storm; they evoke different sea moods. Water
and light etc, and echo moods within ourselves. I hope the viewer will sense something of this from the different seastates
and moods in the paintings.’