Gareth Jones is a painter working in acrylic and dry media. His work is driven by thoughts of and experiences of place and space. Combining fragments and references to and from the real world, with ideas that occur to him during the process of painting, an abstraction of thoughts and experiences is formed. His interests lie in “non-painterly” approaches to image making. He utilises behavioural needs in a variety of conditions and difficulties to capture histories of environmental extremes as painted record. His activities fill voids that offer challenge and questions on what “being good at something” means. His selection of “process and effect” look to contribute to the understanding and apprehension of what art action is. His theoretical positioning engages with set rules that allow viewers to compose and construct their own understanding what he offers.
His paintings aim to connect with the viewer and, using ambiguity, trigger their own thoughts of part-imagined or part-experienced places and territories – as fragments of internal landscapes that we all carry with us.
Gareth’s work has been shortlisted for the 2017 Royal Academy Summer exhibition as well as being exhibited in group shows in London, and is held in private collections in England and Wales.
Practicing art during his spare time for over 30 years he also holds a postgraduate Degree in Computational Fluid Dynamics and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. Gareth left work as an IT Project Manager in 2014 and graduated with the award of ‘MA by Project’ [distinction] in Fine Art following successful completion of a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
Shows / Events / Residencies
Residency | Grow – Hackney Wick | ∇ Link to Squarespace | 01.12.2018 – 01.02.2019
Summer Show | Sir John Cass School of Art [MA by Project] Degree Show 2017 | 08.09.2017 – 16.09.2017
‘Hidden Layers’ | Ensemb7e – Group Show | the Strand Gallery | 10.11.2016 – 14.11.2016
Summer Show | Sir John Cass School of Art [MA by Project] |10.06.2016 – 18.06.2016
‘Breaking Surfaces’ | Ensemb7e Group ‘Pop-Up Show’ | 05.05.2016
Summer Show | Sir John Cass School of [Art Foundation Diploma] | 16.06.2015 – 20.06.2015
Royal Academy Summer Show Shortlisted to Last 1500 | 2017
Works Held In Various Private Collections in London, Home Counties, Northwest England, and Australia
MA By Project 2015 – 2017 | Distinction | Prize For Outstanding Academic Achievement
Foundation Diploma 2014 – 2015
Other Experience & Education
Project Management and Team Leader [Information Technology] | Various (London) | 1997 – 2013
MPhil Computational Fluid Dynamics
BEng Mechanical Engineering | 2:1 | Prize for Best Final Year Project (Sponsored By IMechE)
3 A-Levels, 10 O-Levels
Gareth Jones | 2018