Jon Rowland Art



I thought I'd let you know that my exhibition at the BARN GALLERY in the Kendrew Quad at St JOHNS COLLEGE, OXFORD, due to run from the end of November to Christmas has been CANCELLED due to Covid-19 and RE-SCHEDULED to JUNE 2021.

You'll be informed of the exact dates when they are clarified.

This is all a bit of a shame as I like to ensure I have a long term programme of exhibitions, and more to the point that I manage the issues of framing and preparing the paintings for show. "Tant pis" as Cezanne might have said. It is what we have to live with during these difficult times.

So the challenge is to try and give you, if not a virtual tour of the show, then at least an idea of the paintings that could have been on the walls for you to view. There are two parts to the exhibition; that of the impact of Coronavirus; and some of the landscapes we visited, here and in France.

As you may know I tend to paint in series. Many of the exhibition paintings emerged during lockdown. They don't portray the horrors of Covid, rather they show an unconcious response to it and to the rules that were put in place.


I always listen to friends' comments. So in the absence of an exhibition at which people tell me what they like, what they want to buy, or what the challenges are about having one of my pictures, please feel free to drop me a line. If there are any particular paintings that interest you, you can contact me on this website or email

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Thanks to all.



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Jon draws on a number of locations that have influenced his ideas on abstraction. These have all played a part in his ‘artistic journey’, and include Provence, Venice, Cuba, the Scottish Coast and landscapes around Oxford. Many pictures are painted ‘en plein air’, although increasingly in the studio. Through this series of themes he explores aspects of space, light, and colour. In some themes he uses concepts of detail to examine and manipulate emerging abstraction to express the essence of the place. It is the juxtaposition of colour and shape that often act as the starting point, and Jon uses these places to make statements about the nature and form of the land. In the same way his nudes can be seen as landscapes, their shapes reminiscent of land folds, and their sensuality reflecting the softness of the local hills. Whilst he draws on influences from west coast America he is grounded in what he sees and abstracts the scenes to create his art.

"Painting is a journey. One starts at one place - the blank canvas - and hopefully ends at a resolution. Sometimes one gets lost. My aim in this journey is to create original, contemporary art that is grounded in 'place'. Sometimes the picture takes on a life of its own often creating new challenges. Chance and opportunity are the travelling companions, but the art is to know when the journey is complete."

Recent exhibitions have included:

  • Sewell Centre Gallery, Oxfordshire- 2016 - solo exhibition
  • Wolfson College, Oxford - 2018 - solo exhibition
  • Art in St Giles, Oxford - August 2019 - group exhibition
  • Cornerstone Art Centre Gallery, Oxfordshire - September 2019 - solo exhibition
  • Boiler Room Gallery - The Jam Factory - Oxford - November to January2019-20 - solo exhibition

Watch out for upcoming exhibitions in 2020:

  • Kendrew Barn Gallery - Oxford 2020 now set for June 2021 POSTPONED DUE TO CORONA LOCKDOWN
  • North Wall Gallery - Oxford in October 2021
  • Sewell Centre Art Gallery - May 2022


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Jon Rowland Art