Mary Jones, Lit From Behind, 48 x 36 inches, 2011, oil and spray enamel on canvas (courtesy of the artist)
Jonathan Chapline and Lorraine Nam visit the Chelsea studio of painter Mary Jones.
Jones comments that in her paintings "there’s an implied figure and its usually sort of a very ancient prehistoric Greek Cycladic reference. I wanted to reference something prehistoric and from the beginning of human history to sort of connect with that primal part of art making. I think in terms of gestural painting, it roots them in another kind of impulse-the desire to find form in something and find form in chaos and to make it in this case, pretty literal."
Max Estenger visits the studio of painter Mary Jones.
Estenger writes that Jones' recent painting "are her most muscular paintings with form and mass dominating where once thin washes of paint predominated. Her introduction a few years ago of spray paint is now incorporated seamlessly and some of the schematic ghosts from her earliest work have reappeared. Despite the fact that these paintings contain more traditional figure/ground relationships, color continues to play an important role. The newest paintings have large swaths of paint applied with a roller, but not so much rolled as troweled."
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