'Laura Jones set the stage for a reinvigoration and a full scale revival of the still life. The intensity of her full throttle, polyamorous colour and the frontality of her compositions put botanical portraiture in a new context.'
Laura Jones (b. Sydney 1982) works across painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. A bold colourist, Jones is known for her exploration of the floral still life genre and for her series investigating climate change impacts on the Great Barrier Reef. Her unique visual language is defined by poetic observations of the natural world.
Working primarily as a painter, her method involves rapid application of thin washes of oil paint, layering broad brushstrokes to build the essence of the subject in brilliant colour. These diaristic investigations tell a story of the personal, scientific and political ideas and meaning behind humanity's impact on, and relationships with, the environment.
Jones has regularly exhibited in public and commercial galleries since 2011. Residencies include the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station, Heron Island Research Station, Glasshouse Regional Art Gallery, New York, Byron Bay, and Antarctica.
She has been a finalist in several art awards, including the Archibald Prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Award, the Kings School Art Prize, the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Her work is held in the Artbank collection and private collections in Australia and overseas.
Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Art (Printmaking) from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.
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