Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Bid on Artwork online or in person in Atlanta at Alan Avery Art Company-, this Friday, October 5th 7-10pm!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
You're invited! Please save the date and join us on Friday, September 7th at Stellers Gallery in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida to celebrate my new series of paintings! I will be exhibiting my work along with artist Enrique Mora for this show and look forward to seeing you all there in person! Thank you so much for your continued support!
Mixed Media Painting on Wood Panel
©2012 Jennifer J L Jones
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Jennifer J L Jones - Radiant Flux
Dear Friends and Collectors:
Hunter Kirkland Contemporary is pleased to present Jennifer J.L. Jones' exciting new work. Jones approaches her painting as an ongoing search for meaning and coherence in a beautiful but mysterious world. Her exquisitely crafted luminous surfaces serve as a kind of mirror that reflects an internal radiance that is hinted at but never actually seen.
The artist's technique of glazing thin layers of different kinds of paint and tar, then sanding them to produce a highly polished finish, has evolved along with her emotional expression. In this series she starts with a background of latex paint that she throws onto the panel as a way to open herself up, then paints on wax paper and presses it against the board to create blocks of color and pattern.
"I studied some of my earlier paintings and started to see the beauty in fragments of the whole, such that one little corner of the old painting would become the inspiration for a new piece that builds on those details, " says Jones. "I think of these paintings as a garden in full bloom, but with the garden's elements abstracted into color fields and shapes that contain an element of mystery."
Unlike the almost dreamlike quality of her previous work, which leads viewers into a state of contemplation, these new works have an immediate emotional impact. This creates a powerful connection between artist and viewer that transforms Jones' personal statement into a shared celebration of the natural world and its delightful complexities.
Nancy Hunter, Owner/DirectorHunter Kirkland Contemporary
Sunday, April 15, 2012
After years of wishing for "the" studio, the time has finally arrived! I am in the process of moving into my new beautiful studio and I'm thrilled to say that it's exciting me in a way that a studio hasn't in a very long time! Every time I walk in to my new space, I feel extremely peaceful and have already been working on a commissioned painting in progress... I am inspired to continue working on my newest series, Radiant Flux, which will debut in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Hunter Kirkland Contemporary on Friday, May 25th. I'll be there in person to celebrate and looking forward to sharing all of my latest inspirations with everyone in person. If you aren't on Hunter Kirkland's mailing list, but would like to be, please follow the link above and contact to the gallery directly for more information.
To celebrate my new studio and help with the transition and make room for all new works that will be in progress, I have decided to host a small studio moving sale the weekend of April 28th. The works available will be posted online and via email with an announcement to be sent out shortly. If you would like to be sure you are on the list to see what is available, please contact me directly and I'll make sure you are on the list. Email me at: info [at] jenniferjljones.com
Currently my work is being featured in Kessenich Contemporary's new Pop Up Gallery in downtown Atlanta now through May 1st. Please go see this great space and view my paintings in person! I'm delighted to be surrounded by such a great group of work by my contemporaries! ALSO, be sure to sign up for Kessenich Contemporary's mailing list so you don't miss out on upcoming events! (Like the potential show coming up in Savannah including the works of yours truly at the end of the summer!) . . . Here's hoping that all comes together! I do LOVE Savannah!
Another great opportunity that has appeared recently is being approached by an agent about having my works available to include in upcoming movies and television shows/productions! More news about that to come soon, but these kinds of opportunities are so fun to be included in... I've always wondered how to get this kind of thing going and now that the timing is right, you just never know where it will all lead!
I hope to post more information about this at the end of April!
I've been waiting to share this last bit of news because it is what I've been bubbling about for over a week now! You may have heard... and yes! The rumors are true!! I have been invited along with a few of my local wonderful contemporaries to exhibit my work in Paris, France this December! Thanks to Besharat Gallery, my work will be going international again this winter! As I have links and more information over the coming months, I will certainly post it and share... I am so excited by this opportunity and really feel like I'm ready to go to a whole new level with my work around the world!
On that note, I hope this update finds everyone well, wherever you may be... It's been an interesting year so far to say the least and I'm looking to make everything in the upcoming months as extraordinary as possible!
Sending out my love and thanks to you all for your generous support. I truly appreciate it!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
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• I've partnered with Kessenich Contemporary to offer a truly exclusive opportunity on one of my brand new paintings! Kessenich Contemporary has introduced 1forONEk - the best way to start your high-end art collection or add on to it! Purchase a $1000 painting for what is valued at $3000! Click here to take advantage and make this piece yours! Hurry as this is for 30 days only!!!!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
My first exhibition this year is coming up on Wednesday, February 1st at Besharat Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. I hope those of you in the Atlanta area will be able to attend the opening reception and see this exhibition: Best of Atlanta. Looking forward to seeing you there!
BEST OF ATLANTA
Saturday, December 31, 2011
A year of conscious living and so many lessons, achievements, hardships, changes, blessings and everything in between. I spent a month in Italy to celebrate a big birthday and to make a long time dream become a reality. My month-long Italian residency was only the beginning of all that I would come to realize and the ways in which I would grow. I gained a different perspective of myself, the world, and a greater understanding of my part in it that I'd not fully realized until this year.
2011 was quite a journey. My artwork grew as I grew...
I painted the Serenata series of works that are hands down the best pieces I have ever created. Following the changes in the economy and feeling the effects much like everyone else, I had to come up with ways to make things work, shift, regroup and reinvent ways of continuing my work as a full time artist. My exhibitions were all a success in their own way and my exhibiting galleries and representatives have been such a light for me. My last exhibition for this year was entitled Ebb & Flow - it was a chance for me to help curate and partner with the gallery and the idea for the show mirrored the way in which I was able to follow my path.
My year has been intense and full of personal enlightenment. By Thanksgiving I finally completed my very first coffee table book, another dream of mine I have always longed to make a reality. The response to my work, the celebrations surrounding my exhibitions and the inspiration I have been able to give to others have all made my year one of the richest I can recall. Not every year that is "the best year" means it is necessarily the happiest or the one filled with romance or even lots of excitement. In fact, sometimes it is the darkest times that can show us the brightest light when we look for it. 2011 was a year to grow up in a way that I needed to... a way for me to become more of my authentic self. And that's what made it so special for me. Learning how to be present and nourish myself allowed me to find a new depth in all things. I believe all of this is reflected in my relationships and translates into a journey that many who know me can see as positive change in me as a person and in my work.
My feeling of gratefulness is with me as I write this. My plan for 2012 is to continue on my journey and take the best care of myself and those around me as I can. If I can have another year as fulfilling as this past one, I know I will be heading in the right direction. I also feel a larger responsibility that I need to find as many ways to give back and help the less fortunate as much as I can. My heart breaks every time I hear about animal abuse and I believe it is an important time to take greater care of these animals - this will be where a large part of my donations will go. I believe it is our responsibility to protect and nourish the beautiful things in this world. That includes other people, animals and our natural resources.
With a new year, we are gifted more time to become better versions of ourselves... and a continued chance to make a difference in the world for the better. I pray that I will stay awake and present and conscious so that I may continue to help make this world a better place.
With that I wish you all a very Happy New Year. I hope it is filled with blessings and above all, continued PEACE.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Ebb and Flow: Exhibition Opening Friday, November 18th 5-8PM
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
St. Augustine Florida News: Stellers Gallery at Ponte Vedra to feature four renowned artists in a new group show, Nov. 18
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
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Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Text by Amy Elbert
Produced by Lisa Mowry
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Jennifer J L Jones:
Her Authentic Self
VK: Do you have a ritual before beginning to paint?
JJLJ: No, but my work depends on my energy level. I am very aware of how I am feeling so I will, sometimes, briefly meditate allowing me to go inward and tap into my energy, helping me to discover what I am going to paint.
VK: Do you listen to music or have a playlist that helps you?
JJLJ: I do create a new playlist for each series I am working on and I sometimes put it on my blog. The music is all mood oriented and very eclectic. There are few things I don’t listen to. Well, I don’t listen to speed metal (she laughs), but I listen to everything from Opera to Rap – it all depends on the energy that I am wanting for the series that I’m working on.
My Serenata series, which will span the duration of the year, has a broad array of songs, a few of which are:
Let Him Fly – Patti Griffin (about letting go)
Claire de Lune – Debussy (it’s soooo pretty)
Stay or Leave – Dave Matthews Band (the lyrics are delish)
The music, so far, has evolved as my mood changes. If I feel like it’s getting too weepy, I will change it and listen to something more playful. In talking about it, I realize that the words of the songs are very important and evident in the work. If you listen to the songs, you’ll hear a similar theme that exists in the paintings: seeking, finding and letting go.
VK: Why the concept of ‘letting go’?
JJLJ: It is very personal; it’s where I am in my life. About liberating myself from unrealistic fantasies – letting go of the old notions that are not working to then allow me to embrace things that will work. It’s an act of self-discovery. The cheesy term of finding yourself and thereby coming to know yourself, a desire to make yourself happy from the inside and listen to your inner muse.
VK: As you embark on this journey of self-discovery, do you think your painting allows you to travel (without ever leaving the studio)?
JJLJ: I come from a family of travelers and viewers have told me that they feel like they’ve been to these places (that I paint), but they cannot orient themselves at a specific location. Perhaps this is what they connect with – the notion of embarking on a journey through the paintings with me as their guide or companion.
These are some of my sketches from my Italian art sabbatical- abstract cyprus trees, artichoke, olive tree, waterfalls, fire, enchanted woods… stormy weather that eventually led to the arrival of spring…
VK: In walking around your studio, I notice your sketches have a lot of words on them as well. Why do you incorporate text and image (on your sketches)?
JJLJ: What I went through in Italy was intense – good, but challenging – and, I wanted to remember specific moments. The text allows me to remember the experience. I felt it was important to anchor what I was thinking – the sketch is so quick, that it doesn’t hold the weight that the paintings do.
VK: So, in Italy was when you really embraced making watercolors.
JJLJ: I did break down in Cortona and buy acrylic and paintbrushes – it was incredible reading the colors in Italian to the shop keeper and though my pronunciation was definitely not superb, it was fun picking them out. He understood what I was saying. Obviously when it comes to art, everyone speaks a very familiar language.
And some cotton. I LOVE cotton. I want a huge arrangement of it.
VK: Other than music and travel, where do you find inspiration?
JJLJ: Nature. And my emotions. Ranging from delight to heartbreak and combined with my attempts to understand the world around me, this seemingly personal journey, the learning of life lessons – which is our life lesson – is evident in nature. If you look at my images, you’ll find a diverse array of flora and fauna that must be sifted through in order to discover the essential truth that it is the journey that is most important.
VK: How do you keep yourself motivated, organized?
JJLJ: I’m sure on some level, I am organized even though I don’t feel it. I have timelines that keep me motivated and on task with my goals. (Laughing) Birthdays help too – My most recent birthday was good at making me get organized – pushing me to get to the place that I want to be.
My work tables have become works of art themselves.
VK: What’s the best advice you’ve received from a mentor? Or, what advice would you give?
JJLJ: One of my instructors always encouraged us to take our ideas and do thorough research on what has been done prior and then, take it further. My advice: Follow your heart and listen to yourself. This is the key to everything. Take others opinions with a grain of salt – you must remain authentic.
VK: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
JJLJ: Just one? (She laughs) That’s a really good question. Maybe fly? I need a bit more time with that one. All the superpowers are such a control thing – I don’t necessarily want to read peoples minds or stop time – I just want to let go. Having a superpower would take away the mystery of things.