Art

Laura Jones · Light is Fugitive

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 6th February 2014

‘Banksia and Clematis Still Life’ by Laura Jones, 2013, oil on linen, 135 x 115 cm.

‘Peonies with Striped Cloth’ by Laura Jones, 2013, oil on linen, 70 x 80 cm.

‘Dogwood’ by Laura Jones, 2013, oil on linen, 70 x 60 cm.

Details from the studio of Sydney artist Laura Jones. Photo – Carine Thevenau.

Sydney artist Laura Jones in her studio, wearing Dolce and Gabbana for this very floral shoot!  Photo – Carine Thevenau.

You may recall our affection for the beautiful work of Sydney artist Laura Jones, who we first introduced this time last year.  Laura’s vibrant, unashamedly ‘pretty’ subject matter instantly won my heart (and many of yours!) – having trained and worked as a florist in a previous life, her latest paintings are inspired by flowers.

Mid last year, Laura moved from central Sydney to a pretty little cottage in the NSW Southern Highlands – a brave move, which suits her to a T!  Having secured a small studio space in rural Robertson, and made friendly neighbours happy to share a few blooms from their colourful gardens (!) it seems Laura had no trouble settling in!  ‘It has been so much fun living in the highlands and working on painting full-time’ she says.

Laura’s latest body of work, showing this month in an exhibition at Gallery Ecosse in Exeter, began a few months after the move.  Inspired by her new surroundings, Laura was keen to capture the unique light and distinct seasons here.

‘I moved into my small studio in Robertson, and knew I wanted to make the most of the area’ says Laura. ‘I found a great cottage to live in with a beautiful, rambling garden, and so I began picking flowers from home and taking them to the studio. Then I noticed that there was an old garden right near my studio, that belongs to a lady named Pam, who didn’t mind me picking from her garden at all!’

Entitled ‘Light is Fugitive’, the show is named after a quote by Margaret Preston, one of Laura’s favourite Australian still life painters.  After picking flowers locally and arranging them ready to paint, for this body of work Laura challenged herself to complete each work before the flowers wilted.  ‘Having worked in floristry in the past, I got used to the high turnover of flowers’ she says. ‘I like bringing that cycle into the studio, creating these works felt like I was chasing the flowers, and their light, so I loved that quote’.

Light is Fugitive – new works by Laura Jones
Open 8 February to 21 March 2014
Gallery Ecosse
‘Halcyon’ Exeter Road
Exeter NSW

Opening this Saturday 8 February, 4.00pm – 6.00pm.

Details from the studio of Sydney artist Laura Jones. Photo – Carine Thevenau.

‘Artichoke and Leonotis’ by Laura Jones, 2013, oil on linen, 135 x 115 cm.

‘Mountain Laurel’ by Laura Jones, 2013, oil on linen, 40 x 40 cm.

‘Dahlias’ by Laura Jones, 2014, oil on linen, 52 x 32 cm.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 6th February 2014

16 comments

  • Katey McRae 8 months ago

    Berni Jakstas this is for you!

  • Jane Hosking 8 months ago

    Looks fantastic cuz! Wish we could get down there for the opening. Well done

  • Suzanne Gorman 8 months ago

    So so totally gorgeous Laura. Thank you for all the art Lucy and Lisa Marie. xx

  • Amanda 8 months ago

    Wow – I love Laura’s art. Good luck with the exhibition.

  • Fiona 8 months ago

    I love your paintings Laura, especially the Laurels in the mountains.
    Have a fantastic exhibition, I am sure it will be a sell out. Any chance we up here in the Far North
    could know the price of your works?

  • Lucy 8 months ago

    Hi Fiona! The link to Laura’s exhibition catalogue is below- all works are priced in the catalogue, They range from $950 to around $4400. http://galleryecosse.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Light-is-fugitive-Catalogue-Laura-Jones-February-20142.pdf

  • Diana 8 months ago

    Exquisite. I have admired and followed your work for a little while now Laura. You inspire me!

  • Andrew 8 months ago

    Such tender and emotive images. Congratulations Laura

  • Natala 8 months ago

    Absolutely amazing!! Big fan of Laura’s work and would love to find a home for that dreamy Dahlias painting on my wall!

  • Stephanie 8 months ago

    Lovely work – is Laura planning a Melbourne show?

  • Amanda Falson 8 months ago

    Yes, I’d love to see a Melbourne show, Laura! Such beautiful work, these paintings make me feel happy and peaceful.

  • Shelley 8 months ago

    OMG! They are stunning! Love them all!

  • Nikki 8 months ago

    I adore Laura’s work (and her beautiful instagram account!)…thanks so much for the heads up on Laura’s exhibition Lucy!

  • Ange 7 months ago

    I have been looking around for beautiful paintings of flowers but can’t find any I truly love until I saw these paintings. The colors and arrangement are perfect. How you have made them so simple but interesting is beyond me! What can I say but blooming good! Ps you’re gorgeous too and so is your dress.

  • Gail Berkman 6 months ago

    Hi Laura,
    I absolutely adore your paintings. I have been a constant admirer since your win at the
    Mosman Art Show years ago. Would love a catch up if ever you come to Sydney.
    Best regards
    Gail (ex Aria Country Floors)

  • Gail Berkman 6 months ago

    Adore you paintings Laura, would love a catch up if you come to Sydney.
    Best wishes,
    Gail (ex Aria Country Floors)

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