paul jones

Paul Jones 7_C-Rock_40x40cms

As a young painter, Paul can remember one very special moment; the clear realisation that he had found a source of inspiration that would influence his work from then on.

Paul had just made a radical change of direction in his career, leaving teaching and moving to Dorset. The ancient and beautiful landscape he discovered was a revelation and one particular image stayed in his memory. Imagine a vast vaulted sky, a chalk textured field stretching ahead revealing an ancient stone structure, a neolithic dolmen originally erected about 4000BC. This was the Hellstone, high above Portesham and stark against the sky.

Since that day, Dorset’s ancient sites, landscape and coastline have been the source material for a lot of Paul’s work. The quality of light, conditioned by the chalk downland has also been a significant influence. Stones, rocks and Purbeck’s amazing coastline with its intricate detail and sweeping switchback scale, textures and shapes were absorbed into his visual vocabulary. In response Paul created new techniques in an attempt to record the myriad surfaces he was experiencing.

He had taught ceramics and that awareness of surfaces coupled with the need to recreate textures led him, through his experience of firing pots in kilns, to explore the action of extreme heat on acrylic and oil paint. He learnt about the resulting stresses and textures created, and by layering, smoothing back and using other media such as glues, managed to achieve the surfaces he sought.

These are evident in Paul’s work, where complex textures contrast with areas of porcelain-like smoothness. He encourages tactile as well as visual involvement with his work and to that end, leaves the paintings unglazed.

Paul paints full-time and exhibits regularly and nationally, with work in numerous private and corporate collections. His second book, ‘Overview’ has recently been published by Canterton Books and he is featured in ‘Cranborne Chase Artists’ by the same publisher, ‘Fifty Wessex Artists’ by Evolver Books and ‘Paintings in Public Ownership’ by PCF.