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Catching the Breeze
Paintings in oil on canvas by Lesley Jones
8 - 20 June 2013,
Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
A Brief History:
I inherited my love of landscape from my parents who always said there is nowhere more beautiful than the British Isles. As a family we took holidays in Yorkshire, Devon, Cornwall, the Lake District, Wales and Scotland, exploring coastlines and moorlands. Walking was an important part of our holidays, along with beachcombing, rock-pooling, collecting shells and taking photos with my Brownie box camera, but we also enjoyed taking time to ‘stand and stare’, to feel the breeze blowing the cobwebs away and soaking up the views.
These places have made a life-long impression on me. In spite of trips to various parts of Europe and Scandinavia I still choose to revisit the home territories of my childhood whenever I have the opportunity. My husband is also an enthusiast for the great outdoors having spent spare time in his youth walking in the Lakes, Wales and Dartmoor.
As a child I loved drawing and painting and took art as a subject at school, but didn’t follow up on my art studies until I had the opportunity to go to art college when our children were at primary school. After a foundation year in Reigate, Surrey I was accepted on a 5-year part-time degree course in Fine Art at Central Saint Martin’s in London, specialising in painting. The experience was incredibly important for me, opening my eyes to many ways of experiencing and creating art. When I graduated in 1996 the University of the Arts acquired a piece of my degree show work for their collection.
The work I created after graduating was essentially abstract, inspired by small natural objects and patterns found in nature. I used folded paper, twisted Perspex rods, latex and wax to make simple objects, which when lit from the side threw the shadow that completed the work.
The same natural forms – shells, seeds, tree bark and so on – continue to inspire my subtle, minimalist oil paintings. The canvasses for these paintings are carefully prepared with many layers of gesso primer, sanded smooth. Coloured paint marks are placed on the surface and partially obscured by a layer of pale colour, usually white. The whole surface is then carefully blended before being split in places to reveal the underlying colour and its shadow.
In recent years my abstract works have been shortlisted for major prizes including the National Open Art Competition, the Discerning Eye, the Hunting Art Prize and the Royal West of England Academy Open exhibition.
My landscapes are atmospheric works inspired by my love of the wide open spaces of Britain in all its glorious varieties of weather. Mood and memory are essential in the development of the paintings, which reflect the spirit of place rather than representational accuracy. So many of the journeys I have taken in recent years have been to deliver our son and daughter to study in glorious places – Bath, Aberystwyth, Edinburgh – or to visit them where they now live, one in the West Country and one in Scotland, that the landscapes we pass through have taken on a more emotional aspect of pleasure tinged with the sense of parting. This emotional response has increasingly influenced the way I paint.
I paint wet-in-wet on one piece at a time in intense and often long sessions, allowing the image to develop by shaping and mixing colour on the canvas so that the finished work hovers between reality and imagination.
My landscape paintings are exhibited in galleries in the UK and at art fairs in the UK and New York, and have been purchased by people as far afield as Jordan, Denmark, USA and Australia.
I now live in Lingfield, Surrey where I have my studio.