The exhibition, titled ‘Awkward Beauty’, includes a new portrait of Attenborough Arts Centre’s patron, artist Grayson Perry, which was commissioned by the centre.
Lucy Jones is renowned for both her imposing, challenging self-portraits, and for her expressionistic landscapes, characterised by expressive brushwork and bold use of vibrant colour. Attenborough Arts Centre will be celebrating her work with a comprehensive retrospective across all three of its gallery spaces.
Jones’ landscape paintings evolve from hard-earned studies made while in the landscape, placing a board on the ground to make either a drawing or a watercolour.
In contrast to this, her self-portrait works are critical examinations and reaffirmations of self. Encompassing strength, humanity and wit, they are statements as much about the general human condition as they are about her own experience.
Writer and Art Critic Philip Vann has described Jones’ transformative vision of humanity as showing “the inextricable dignity and vulnerability of other people, friends, loved ones and the artist herself – explored with a rare, expansive clarity, vibrancy and originality”.
Jones studied at Camberwell School of Art, followed by the Royal College of Art, where she won a Rome scholarship in 1982. Born in London, she now lives in Ludlow, and is much inspired by the landscape area bordering Wales, Herefordshire and Shropshire.
To celebrate the exhibition, a new book Lucy Jones: Awkward Beauty has been published, drawing together both her portraits and landscape paintings produced over the past twenty-five years. The book is published by Elephant, and distributed internationally by Laurence King Publishing.
A free public opening will be held on Friday 26 July, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Booking required: call Box Office on 0116 252 2455 or visit http://bit.ly/LucyJonesPreview