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Nicholas Jones


British landscape painter Nicholas Jones was born in Bristol in 1965. He has worked as an active artist for over three decades, exploring the rich terrain between abstraction and figuration. Jones studied Fine Art at Bristol Polytechnic, where he developed a deep appreciation of Samuel Palmer. For three years, he then worked almost exclusively with stained glass. In 1990, however, he returned to painting. By 2000, Jones was experiencing increasing success with the first solo shows of his work.

Landscape, abstraction, colour and light have long been the dominant themes of his painting. Taking inspiration from the countryside around his Somerset home, from visits to the Lake District and Scotland and from dreams of places further afield, he has sought to evoke the world of nature and of hills, mountains, water, skies, trees, and above all, light. His work is distinctive in its evocations of the way in which light interacts with the land, and is driven by a deep longing for spacious stillness and balance.
Over time, his abstracted landscapes have slowly become more simplified, increasingly pure celebrations of colour and light. In recent years, Jones has made a number of visits to Finnish Lapland where he feels that he has found the landscape that he had been dreaming of painting for many years. His most recent work has been a response to the arctic night and an attempt to evoke the astonishing other-worldly beauty of the Aurora Borealis.

Solo Exhibitions

1992 Coopers Gallery, Bristol

2000 Crane Kalman Gallery, London

2002 Crane Kalman Gallery, London

2003 Six Chapel Row, Bath

2004 ‘Travelling Light’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London

2005 ‘Travelling Light’, Chelsea Art Gallery, Palo Alto, California, USA

2006 ‘Traces in the Air’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London

2008 ‘Grace Notes’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London

2014 ‘Light’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London

2017 ‘Aurora’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London

2019 ‘Ice and Light’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London

2021 ’30 Years at Crane Kalman Gallery, Crane Kalman Gallery, London

2023 ‘Paintings of Silence’, North House Gallery, Manningtree

Selected Group Exhibitions

1984 The Studio Gallery, Bristol

1987 The Knapp Gallery, London

1988 Pelter/Sands, Bristol

1988 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

1990 Brewhouse Open, Taunton

1991 Praxis Gallery, Bristol

1991 ‘Nick Jones & Mark Barnett’, Unit 6, Temple Meads Industrial Estate, Bristol

1991 Midlands Contemporary Art, Birmingham
1992 Plymouth Arts Centre

1992 Crane Kalman Gallery, London

1994 London Contemporary Art Fair

1994 Manchester Contemporary Art Fair

1994/95 Contemporary Art Society, Royal Festival Hall, London

1996 Schoolhouse Gallery, Bath

1996 Contemporary Art Society, Royal Festival Hall, London
1997 Schoolhouse Gallery, Bath

1997 Gordon Hepworth Fine Art, Exeter
1998 ‘Nicholas Jones & Janet Watson’ Crane Kalman Gallery, London

1999 Art 99, Business Design Centre, London

1999 Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Gloucester

1999 ‘Silence in Painting’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London

2000 Napier Gallery, Jersey
2001 Art
2001, Business Design Centre, London

2001 ARCO, Madrid
2001 Glynebourne

2001 20th Century British Art Fair, RCA, London

2001 The Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London

2002 Art 2002, Business Design Centre, London

2003 20/21 British Art Fair, Commonwealth Institute, London

2003 Art Basel-Miami, South Beach, Florida

2003 Riverview Art Gallery, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

2004 ‘British Landscape Painting in the Twentieth Century’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London

2005 Crane Kalman Gallery, London

2011 British Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London

2011 ‘Paintings by Nicholas Jones with sculptures by Tom Stogdon’, Crane Kalman Gallery
2012-17, 19,20 London Art Fair, Islington, London

2019 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2020 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2021 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2021 ‘The Sea; the Sea’ (Anthony Garrett, Frances Hatch, Nicholas Jones, Janette Kerr, Petter Southall), Sladers Yard, Dorset

2022 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2023 Art London, Business Design Centre, Islington

2023 ‘Silence and Slow Time’ (Louise Baalam, Nicholas Jones, Alfred Stockham, Petter Southall) Sladers Yard, Dorset

Studio Shots