Ballard resident and artist Robert Sparrow Jones’ solo exhibition, The Uncertain Landscape, opens Sunday, October 1 at Blowing Sands Glass Studio. Jones grew up in Pennsylvania, and his work reflects his relationship with nature, evoking a deep sense of place.
“What moves me to make these works is the trifecta of memory, love, and the passage of time. The pictures serve as a shifting cross-section—using color, tone, and an expressive languor in paint language, to create a local dialect that, although uneven, I think vividly captures the energy, the mutability, or perhaps the stubborn persistence of what it’s like to be affected by place,” Jones shared.
The exhibition, including Rosa acicularis, which is shown on the right, has a strong narrative quality. Jones shared that they are meant to act in the present but suggest a past, moving with the rhythm of everyday life that is rife with multiple time signatures.
“The figures are intended to add atmosphere to past peregrinations and dalliances and knit the uncertainties of our life’s complications into such a lovely, changeable shifting. The emotional landscape emerges when our attentiveness to the sensual world brings a certain mutable responsiveness from the imperatives of consciousness.”
About Robert Sparrow Jones:
Robert Sparrow Jones received his BFA from Kutztown University and MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art, studying with Abstract Expressionist, Grace Hartigan.
He was an Assistant Professor of Painting at Piedmont College and NOVA Southeastern University. His Artist in Residencies include, The Studios of Key West, the Vermont Studio Center, Museum of Glass, and the Frye Art Museum. He was awarded Deering Estate one year fellowship in Miami, a Can Serrat Artist Grant in Spain, and nominated for an Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2017.
Jones’s work has been reviewed in Oxford American Magazine, Athens Food and Culture, Seattle Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, and his paintings appear in New American Paintings.
His work has been exhibited from New York City to Hong Kong and he is a regular contributing writer for the Michigan Quarterly Review. He lives and works in Crown Hill, Seattle, and is Dale Chihuly’s painting assistant.
Learn more: http://robertsparrowjones.com/home.html