Tim Jones, painter from London, United Kingdom. Photo © Marique Knight
1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.
I am an abstract painter and creative, with a focus on the contemporary landscape. My work is about connection to the environment and our place in the world. Movement is pivotal and has always been at the core of my work.
I think this reflects my own life and journey, having visited over 65 countries and lived in six of them, I’d definitely consider myself an explorer. My art career has also run parallel with time spent in the yachting industry, which further fuelled my fascination with the ocean and the elements.
2.What are your favorite museums in the world? Why?
The Tate Modern is one of my favorites, it never fails to impress me for its sheer size and presence. For me, Europe is the mecca of museums, and I’ve enjoyed visiting so many over the years. Now living in New Zealand, I’m a little nostalgic for the opportunity to wander the large halls and historic spaces. NZ is a beautiful country but there isn’t the population to demand large galleries and museums, which is something I miss.
3.How important are social networks in your business? And which platform do you prefer and why.
I think social platforms are a wonderful tool for engagement. The newly found reach for artists and businesses is easily taken for granted, even just a few years ago this wasn’t possible. For me, Instagram is my go-to. As a visual medium, I think it works incredibly well for artists.
It does come with a few drawbacks, mainly exposing us to a world of comparison and distraction, but I think the positive impact and engagement has been a great thing for my work.
4.What are your future projects?
I have an upcoming solo show that is well underway. For this exhibition I’m working on a number of large format pieces. I seem to be painting larger work most of the time, which is something I am embracing. That means I have outgrown my current studio, so a move is on the cards. It will mean a bit of upheaval but I can’t wait to create in a new space.
5.To create greater engagement among museums, artists and professionals, do you have any advice for cultural projects such as #MuseumWeek?
Accessibility and community are key. Simple ways to view and interact (both in person and virtually) would enable more people to access the abundance of information held in the vaults of art and science. And I think with more interaction comes community and connection, which is something we can all agree is a beautiful thing that is important to humanity.
Tim Jones (London, 1975) is a painter specialising in contemporary abstract works. His bold style blends colour and form in an expressive, purposeful way that invites a certain reflection from the viewer. Bold Movements and subtle hues compliment each other in these works that explore feeling and emotion.
There is an engaging open-ended narrative in Jones’s paintings that allows the viewer to be suspended in a dreamlike reality. No defined answers are offered, only the encouragement to enter a world within the piece and explore it with your own sensibility. In essence, much of the work is a plateau for personal exploration. The enticing yet muted tones draw you into a tactile surface, guiding the observer whilst encouraging them to fill in the blanks with their own interpretation.
Jones has been painting and exhibiting for over ten years and has combined his art career with time working on board yachts. Extensive travel and circumnavigating the world continues to influence his work with strong reference to the elements. His art enjoys high profile placements including the Hilton Hotel Brisbane, collections in Singapore, Australia, USA and commissions for Bristol City Council, UK. Tim Jones lives and works Auckland, NZ.