Nicholas Jones

Nicholas Jones’s most recent paintings were inspired by Arctic space and light and have won accolades and prizes on all sides. We are delighted to be able to offer his paintings and Giclée prints of the paintings. Screenprint making is a recent venture for him which reconnects with his sensitive, earlier, abstract paintings inspired by the British landscape and its space, light and waterscapes. 

NICK JONES was born in Bristol in 1965. He studied Fine Art at Bristol Polytechnic. In London he has exhibited at the Crane Kalman Gallery for the last thirty years including eight solo exhibitions of his work since 2000. This is his third show at Sladers Yard.

Landscape, abstraction, colour and light have long been the dominant themes of Nick’s work. Taking inspiration from the countryside around his Somerset home, as well as places further afield, he evokes the world of nature, of hills, mountains, water, skies, trees, and above all, light. His paintings range from stylised figurative works to abstracted landscapes which are almost pure celebrations of light and colour. In this exhibition we are showing prints he has made over the last year which carry the themes from his paintings into a new medium with stunning results.

Between 2014 and 2017 Nick was fascinated by the Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland. In 2018 he was appointed Artist in Residence for the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute which lead to spectacular paintings of the Arctic, some of which he showed at Sladers Yard in 2021. Giclée prints of these works are available in our browser. The strength and purity of his Arctic work won him the prestigious Cherry Kearton Medal from the Royal Geographical Society as well as Earth’s Wild Beauty Category Award in the Wildlife Artist of the Year in 2022 and Highly Commended in 2023. He has been longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2023 and 2024. Arctic Visions, a 48-page book about the paintings, was produced by the Nature in Art Museum and is available from Sladers Yard. Nick has three adult children.

At this time when our planet is heating at an unprecedented rate, icebergs speak with haunting poignancy. And yet they seem so composed and contained, utterly at ease and wonderfully responsive to the changing light and colour of the sea. At a personal symbolic level, I find icebergs to be beautiful images of trust, surrender and letting go, all qualities that I aspire to. It is my hope that these paintings may speak of the beauty and fragility of the Arctic but also, in some small way, open up space and light for others, just as my time in the Arctic did for me.


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