Patrick Jones

Abstract Paintings

3 February – 1 April

Hot off the heels of the blockbuster Abstract Expressionism exhibition at the Royal Academy, Patrick Jones will be showing a selection of his unique abstract paintings in his solo exhibition at White Moose. Patrick trained in New York with the Abstract Expressionists and is one of England’s foremost and respected abstract painters.

Patrick’s work is characterised by its colour, vibrancy and size. He likes to work on large unprimed canvas, improvising a varied technique, like a giant watercolour. The pigment is highly charged and intense, so working flat on the floor allows the thin washes to overlay and dry.

Patrick is aiming at creating an eloquent and expressive pictorial language like his great hero the Catalan painter, Joan Miro. His influences are many, from early European modernists like Juan Gris and Georges Braque to American abstract expressionists, Pollock and Morris Louis. His work is heavily collected by other artists and by the late Sir Anthony Caro, who was a mentor and friend.

“As a British painter, he had a great deal of recognition from the very start of his 40-year career. He has exhibited at the Hayward and the Serpentine in survey shows of British Abstract Painting; he was appointed to teach at Hunter College in New York, which put him right at the epicentre of the contemporary abstract expressionist energy there, and he became friends with critic Clement Greenberg and artist Helen Frankenthaler. Patrick stayed in America for 16 years, returning to the UK in 1994.” (Taken from ‘Rainbow of Language’ by Sandy Brown for Resurgence Magazine).

Photograph by John Andow