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:
Watch out for upcoming exhibitions in 2020:
Jon Rowland Art