Walking into Laura Jones’ light filled studio in Sydney’s inner west is a transformative and restorative experience. After trudging through its gritty streets, her work space – which is flooded with diffused natural light – overflows with tableaus of flowers in vases and glass containers which contrast starkly to the industrial surrounds of the building. The move this year to a new studio in Sydney from her previous one in the Southern Highlands has coincided with a shift in the work towards paintings which glow with an intense luminosity and new-found verve.

As a painter of still life, Laura works in a genre that continues to evolve and adapt with the times despite its traditional origins. She utilises finely honed observational skills to capture the fleeting beauty of flowers but without being overly concerned with the minutiae of a botanic artist. Her engagement with still life continues to reflect her own experiences of life. A sojourn in New York earlier in the year has inspired an invigorated composition and approach to her painting.

In this her latest exhibition of paintings entitled Punch, Laura incorporates richly patterned fabrics with flowers in vases and jars in an explosion of colour and life. In the work Marrickville Still Life the viewer looks down upon a table set with fruit and flowers that appears to be flattened into an unexpected perspective, challenging the way in which we expect to view the scene. Laura continues to explore the painterly qualities of her work, some of which pay homage to Matisse’s interiors, and develop this into a visual language that she has made distinctly her own.

Laura Jones is an artist of great talent and commitment and her approach to her practice has been rewarded in this group of paintings that consolidates her reputation as an artist on the ascent.

Jane Watters
Director, S.H. Ervin Gallery
November 2014

Punch 2014, oil on linen, 142 x 112 cm
Punch 2014, oil on linen, 142 x 112 cm
Rhododendron and Clematis 2014, oil on linen, 142 x 112 cm
Rhododendron and Clematis Still Life 2014, oil on linen, 142 x 112 cm
Peonies 2014, oil on linen, 112 x 142 cm
Peonies 2014, oil on linen, 112 x 142 cm
Wisteria 2014, oil on linen, 110 x 130 cm
Marrickville still life 2014, oil on linen, 142 x 142 cm
Marrickville still life 2014, oil on linen, 142 x 142 cm
Bearded iris and tulip tree 2014, oil on linen, 142 x 112 cm
Bearded iris and tulip tree 2014, oil on linen, 142 x 112 cm
Durian and flannel flower still life 2014, oil on linen, 142 x 142 cm
Durian and flannel flower still life 2014, oil on linen, 142 x 142 cm
Drill still life series, install shot
Drill still life, oil on linen, 40 x 40 cm
Orchid, chilli and jar 2014 oil on linen 40 x 50 cm
Watermelon, flask and ashtray 2014, oil on linen 40 x 50 cm
Lilac Still Life 2014, oil on linen, 112 x 142 cm
Lilac still life 2014, oil on linen, 112 x 142 cm
Roses and pink and red tablecloth 2014, oil on linen, 61 x 61 cm
Peony and choco still life 2014, oil on linen, 142 x 112 cm
Peony and choco still life 2014, oil on linen, 142 x 112 cm