AboutFamiliar to regular visitors to the Art Centre's Eastern Open, Philip Jones was one of Norfolk's distinguished and unique painters, with his individually abstracted responses to landscape. Jones' work manipulated shapes in the foreground and background to suggest hills, trees, stone outcrops, or just there for reasons of dynamic composition. Primarily, his painting tended to reflect the dark intensity of his surroundings in Norfolk, but he also took to travelling more widely, simplifying his style and adopting a more vivid colour range, evoking the bright Mediterranean hues of Greece and, even more strikingly, the tropical colours of The Gambia
Educated artistically at The Slade, his first one-man show was in Stockholm in 1965, and chose to wait for his first London solo exhibition until 1986. In his later years, Jones made himself known to the King's Lynn Arts Centre, regularly contributing the annual Eastern Open competition and winning the Painting Prize in 1993. Sadly, Philip Jones died in December 2008, and it is with great affection that the Fermoy Gallery hosts this retrospective of his work.