“Sentient Beings – Recent Paintings by Mark Jones,” is now on display at the Sunjin Galleries in Singapore. The solo show includes 17 oils produced within the past two years by HWS Associate Professor of Art Mark Jones. The exhibition, which opens on Thursday, Jan. 3, will remain in place for three weeks.
Jones’ remarkable paintings have been called “a refreshing mixture of Renaissance painting techniques and a decidedly post-Modern approach to subject matter.”
He trained in the Netherlands, studying the great masters of 17th Century Dutch art. The rich, golden light of paintings by artist such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals seems born again in Jones’ portraits of cows and bulls. His paintings are created using an oil glazing technique that builds color via the application of many thin layers of nearly transparent paint producing a stained glass-like effect on the under-painting.
Cows and bulls have been artists’ subjects since the earliest cave paintings at Lascaux more than 15,000 years ago. They are found in the art and religion of nearly every culture since that time, as gods, symbols and sacrificial offerings. In their relationship to us, cows occupy that intermediate space between wild animal and domestic pet, just as the other elements in Jones’ paintings inhabit the space between our ideas. The televisions — neither purely art nor purely commerce — and the golf courses — part natural environment, part pesticide reliant, fertilizer based, mono-cultures — ask viewers to re-examine their relationship to the natural world and the conceptual filters that help define our place in it.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Jones will deliver a public lecture on Renaissance artists and optical drawing devices on Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in Singapore.
A member of the HWS faculty, teaching painting and photography since 1985, Jones received his a bachelor’s from Hobart in 1972 and a master of fine arts from Brooklyn College in 1984.
His first major solo exhibition was in 1970 in Paris and he has exhibited his work widely since then in the United States, Europe and Asia. His pieces are in many public and private collections throughout the world.
The gallery is at 43 Jalan Merah Saga in Singapore. Check out their Web site at Sunjin Galleries.