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Don’t Mention Pollock
10 June 2022 @ 10:00 am - 8 July 2022 @ 4:00 pm
Exhibition by Stephen Jones
17 June @6pm opening night
Stephen Jones did not gain inspiration from Jackson Pollock though since embarking on this, his latest journey of artistic expression from 2005 he has drawn correlations his own life with and Pollock. Finding artistic expression without substance abuse really makes Steve’s work remarkable.
Pollock opened the door. With a crazy confidence to invent a style and to say anybody you could do it, yet no one dared.
We can’t box Steve’s paintings or style in. Steve, having gained a grasp of the mediums: acrylic, latex, oils, and solvents due to his long and inherited profession, relates to how it meets the canvas. He does not control what is on the piece in the end, yet he clearly gives it his all. The only control he has is the dip of the paint brush and the unpredictability has created explosive and unique results.
This work shows some of Steve’s raw truth and may allude to what he has gone through, choosing art to continue life’s journey, giving color to family tragedy, loss, and unsaid truths. It may point to what was going on in his life at the time. The big picture keeps it raw.
It began during Steve’s Mum terminal illness. His mother was a landscape artist. He could have chosen to create realistic impressions, such as seeing that tree, capturing its shade and try to paint it as it was. But he broke the mould. He had a whole different mindset.
Steve stepped into the breach and shows what Pollock could have done. Anyone could have got on board with Pollock, though few people had the courage. We could have had a whole collection of art that could have taken a whole lot of paths if people had dared. There could have been a movement.
The final question that must be asked is since when does an artist take ownership or have the right to a style when we are the ones living on the planet. Is Pollock the one dealing with COVID and Putin?