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Internationally exhibited Liverpool based artist Jason Jones, former Gallery Manager of Liverpool Hope University's Cornerstone Gallery, has returned to his practice after an eight year break.
After graduating in 1998 Jason undertook a seven year period of romantic, gestural, atmospheric and introspective analysis of paint as a medium, producing a vigorous and rapid succession of themed portfolios of work, all underpinned by sub-contexts of the chaotic, harmony and contrast.
In 2004 Jason started using the knowledge and techniques he had developed for applying paint to the contemporary male figure. This culminated in him being included in the 2010 international publication "100 Artists of the Male Figure'.
Professional Work commitments, post-graduate educational investigations and family priorities contributed to Jason's focus elsewhere until his return to his painterly practice in August 2018.
Jason originally envisaged his return to painting as a slow process of re-education and recapturing techniques once developed before building a themed body of work. What quickly emerged was the start of a new collection reflecting his thoughts and aspirations developed during the last eight years.
What is evident within this small collection of new work on offer is that Jason has retained his trademark gestural and descriptive mark making skills as well as his documented innate use of colour. The approach of these new paintings draws upon inspiration of and compositional studies of the epic biblical paintings by John Martin, atmospheric sci-fi film noir cinematography, emotional responses to musical compositions and most importantly, the process of and response within the act of applying paint - paintings about painting.
The exhibited works presented offer a glimpse of what to expect as Jason's practice re-emerges.
AbsenceAcrylic on canvas, 2018122cm x 90cm£1,650
BeneathAcrylic on canvas, 201888cm x 67cm£1,450
SurgeAcrylic on canvas, 2018122cm x 90cm£1,650
Beneath IIAcrylic on canvas, 2018122cm x 90cm£1,650
EmergingAcrylic on canvas, 2018122cm x 90cm£1,650
RebirthAcrylic on canvas, 2018122cm x 90cm£1,650
Landscape Study IAcrylic on paper, 201820.7cm x 20.7cm£300
Landscape Study IIAcrylic on paper20.5cm x 14cm£250
Landscape Study IIIAcrylic on paper12.6cm x 8.2cm£150
Landscape Study IVAcrylic on paper20.9cm x 15.2cm£250
GenisisAcrylic on canvas, 2018122cm x 90cm£1,650
StruggleAcrylic on canvas, 2018170.5cm x 114.6cm£2,650
Corke Gallery opened its final Independents Biennial Festival Show on Saturday 13 October 2018 with a collection of paintings by UK and Chinese Prize Winners from the John Moores Painting Prize (JMPP).
To mark the 60th year of the JMPP at the Walker Art Gallery the Corke Gallery was delighted to be one of its sponsors because it forms a key strand of the Liverpool Biennial. The exhibition at the Corke Gallery runs until Friday 30 November 2018 and is open 10am – 2pm from Thursday to Saturday.
This is the first time an exhibition featuring several paintings by five JMPP prize winners has taken place and provides a broader insight into the individual artists themes and practices.
Curated by Nic Corke, from the Corke Gallery, past winners from the UK and China include:
Martin Greenland the 2006 JMPP Winner
Nicholas Middleton, twice winner of the JMPP Visitor’s Choice Prize in 2006 and 2010
Xueqing Zhong, the JMPP China 2018 Winner
Duan Xiaogang, JMPP China 2018 Prize Winner
Huo Xumin, JMPP China 2018 Prize Winner
The show features a diverse range of oil painting, from small detailed black and white studies to huge canvasses that dominate the walls and the viewer.
Imaginary landscapes from the UK and China demand the viewer’s attention and continue to reveal more and more the longer you look.
Alternatively abstract and semi abstract works combining broad confident brushwork with architectonic constructions which challenge the laws of perspective and stimulate the senses with a striking cacophony of colour.