'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.
LAURA JONES IN THE WYNNE PRIZE
Laura Jones has been shortlisted in the Wynne Prize for Australian landscape painting.
About her shortlisted triptych, Jones explains, 'Early this year, I heard rumours that fields of tiny pink flannel flowers were popping up all over the Blue Mountains, just west of my hometown of Kurrajong, NSW. Actinotus forsythii are described as bushfire ephemerals, and this event was a once-in-a-lifetime mass synchronicity of flowering. Their seeds have lain dormant for years, requiring a rare confluence of events to trigger germination – smoke from the catastrophic 2020 bushfires and the heavy rain of last summer. No-one had seen them grow on this scale since the 1950s – they blanketed the ridges and completely altered the feel of the landscape. Swallowing up blackened tree trunks and burnt banksia remains, they were a bittersweet reminder of the firestorm that preceded them.'
The exhibition is on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until 26 September 2021.
Image: Laura Jones, Bushfire ephemerals – Wollangambe wilderness, 2021. Photo: AGNSW, Mim Stirling
LAURA JONES AT MANLY ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM
Laura Jones's solo exhibition The Garden will be on display at Manly Art Gallery and Museum until 14 February 2021.
Jones's ongoing connection to the Hawkesbury River region has led to the creation of a new body of work in response to this unique river landscape. Combined with works from her recent Arcadia series, this exhibition is a personal exploration of the fragility and resilience of ecosystems and the cycle of life.
To enquire about available works, please contact the gallery.
Image: Laura Jones, Arcadia, 2020
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