Exhibition runs: Saturday, Sep 12th - Sunday, Oct 25th 2015

To be be judged by John McDonald

The Manning Regional Art Gallery

12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW

Website: http://mrag.gtcc.nsw.gov.au/

Email: gallery@gtcc.nsw.gov.au/

Phone: 02 6592 5455

Saturday 11 July - 20 August 2015

Gallery Ecosse, Exeter, NSW

Featuring: Abdul Abdullah, Clara Adolphs, Giles Alexander, Glenn Barkley, Jason Benjamin, Dean Brown, Tamara Dean, McLean Edwards, Stuart Fleming, Ian Grant, David Griggs, Sarah Hendy, Alan Jones, Laura Jones, Michael Kempson, James Kerr, Juz Kitson, Jasper Knight, Michael Lindeman, Tony Lloyd, Euan Macleod, Guy Maestri, Tara Marynowsky, Julian Meagher, Lara Merrett, Daniel Morse, James Powditch, Ben Quilty, Leslie Rice, Paul Ryan, David Ryrie, Luke Sciberras, Peter Sharp, Wendy Sharpe, Ben Smith, Alex Standen, Tim Storrier, Pam Tippett, Craig Waddell, Oliver Watts, Mirra Whale, Paul White, Julian Wolkenstein, Heidi Yardley

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This annual Plein Air Art Prize is for a work painted ‘en plein air’ depicting a New South Wales subject. The finalists are exhibited at Parliament House, Sydney and the winner is awarded $20,000. The winning painting enters the collection of the New South Wales Parliament.

Exhibition runs: Wed 17 June – Fri 31 July 2015

Parliament of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney
8.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday only

Website: http://pleinair.com.au/

The City of Kogarah Art Prize is an annual acquisitive prize for painting in any medium, with prizes valued at $12,000 and an open theme.

Established in 2012, the Kogarah Art Prize has become a highlight on Kogarah’s calendar of cultural events. The Kogarah Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition provides the opportunity for our community to view the paintings local artists and artists around Australia have produced in the previous year. The Prize is an opportunity to experience new perspectives on current art practice. It generates discussion and ideas, and brings people together.

In 2015 the Kogarah Art Prize judge is John McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald art critic and writer, lecturer and curator.

Exhibition runs from 19 June – 13 July 2015

Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre 

Kogarah Town Square, Belgrave Street, Kogarah

Contemporary Editions have released a Laura Jones print, available in a limited edition of 25.

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Group show at Gallery Ecosse with 5 artists

2 – 28 May 2015

McLean Edwards – Sarah Hendy – Laura Jones – Mirra Whale – Paul White


Sydney artist Laura Jones‘ ‘Still Life’ paintings are a celebratory expression of life. It’s not just the subject matter that embodies this, but also the artist’s emotional interpretation in which she invites us to share with her the captivating joys around us all.

Jones’ bright blooms, bountiful foliage and exotic fruits burst forth with youthful vigor from their canvases. Rich in pattern and colour and styled with casual grace, they are free-spirited bouquets that uplift the soul. Gifts from the earth; dragon fruits, pineapples, orchids and gum blossoms, are offerings from Mother Nature at her best. The seasonal joy of Jones’ handpicked harvest of flowers is bighearted, abundantly festive yet at other times beautifully solitary. The backdrops are extensions of the bountiful sentiment; patch-worked colours, abstractions of space, or dense inky black, opening up or condensing our focus.

Working with hand-picked flowers, Jones’s time is limited to their lifespan, their detail depicted broadly so that all that remains is the true essence of their spirit. Her subject matter is ageless but her lashings of confident brushstrokes are completely contemporary.

As it is we are not alone in our admiration, this exhibition is a retrospective of Jones’ work since 2012. Laura Jones appetite for life is contagious, inviting us to capture the moment, to celebrate and to share its joys.

We have cherished Jones’ vivacity since interviewing her for a ‘Chat in a Chair’ back in 2013.

Laura Jones ‘Still Life’
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
Deerubbin Centre
300 George St
Windsor, NSW
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10-4
Saturday, Sunday: 10-3
Until 24th May 2015

See the original article here: http://inoutdesignblog.com/outabout-laura-jones-still-life/


‘Laura Jones- Still Life’, a solo exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

10 April 2015 – 24 May 2015

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

300 George Street, Deerubbin Centre

Windsor NSW 2756


Catalogue essay by Kathleen von Witt:

There is something inherently pleasing about still life paintings. Flower arrangements, especially. The combination of capturing the colours, the form and the transience of cut flowers in paint has an almost universal appeal. When people discuss the ‘death of painting’, I think they should add a caveat ‘except flowers’.

Flowers in art bring to mind the long history of painting, as well as the long history of gardening, of botany, the sociology of the home, and even the expansion of Europe with the bringing exotic species from around the world to be cultivated for our pleasure. From Giotto to Van Gogh flowers have had a central presence in art. Sometimes they can be allegorical, making claims of romance or piety, courage or fidelity; other times as scientific, botanical documentation of species types, and indication of wealth – the Dutch tulips spring to mind; or the exotic, like the fynbos of South Africa and the coastal health of western Australia with their Ericas, Salvias and Proteaceae. Notwithstanding the joyousness of painting to capture the colour and essence of flowers – such as Van Gogh’s sunflowers, and Matisse’s fauvist arrangements. Such paintings radiate out from the canvas a brightness, a joyousness that captures the essence of the flowers, from the sunlight and the ground that is more than just their form.

Laura Jones’ paintings have come from these robust traditional platforms and yet bring a bright contemporaneousness to them as well. As a young artist who has worked as a florist, she brings a tangible femininity to the works, as well as a strong painterly eye. She isn’t afraid of bright colours, of strong compositions and of interesting angles. Combined with a confidence and spontaneity of brushstroke and technique her still lifes are more than the sum of their parts.

Bold composition with contrasting background highlights the floral imagery and draws the eye to the flowers in a way different to those more formal arrangements of flowers by artists such as Margaret Preston, and Cressida Campbell.

Although Laura Jones’ pictures are not intended as botanical illustrations, they all contain the essence of the plant or flower: the soft sensuous petals of her roses, the bright reds and orange of the Zinnias as though in the full sun of their native Africa, contrasted with a black background to enhance the colour.

Colour is the key to Jones’ painting, and the artist has an eye for the exact nuance of colour exemplifying a plant, such as a flowering gum, or the leaves of a grevillea. The compositions are delightful in their fresh and exuberant nature: the three vases Durian and Flannel Flower Still Life, and the joyful juxtaposition of species are enchanting.

This exhibition lifts the spirits as a walk through the bush or garden filled with flowers would, and invites the viewer to enjoy these delightful works. Jones’ progression as an artist exemplifies the importance of having a dedicated studio practice and Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is honoured to be able to show her work.

Kathleen von Witt


Hawkesbury Regional Gallery​



‘In the Still’ reinvigorates and recalibrates the tradition of the still life, or nature morte. The exhibition features a diverse spread of works by twelve contemporary artists: Craig Waddell, Fraser Anderson, Dean Home, Leah Fraser, Heidi Yardley, Laura Jones, Kirra Jamison, Miranda Skoczek, Susan Baird, Kendal Murray, Dean Home, Claudia Damichi, Lynda Draper, Shona Wilson and John Baird. Drawing on a tradition ripe with symbolic currency, each artist interprets the conventional mode of the still life in creative and complex ways. From the abstract to the figurative, the works collectively cultivate a dialogue between the aesthetic and the conceptual, revealing the elasticity of the concept of the still life. The artists convey how the notion of life ‘in the still’ can be anything from a living moment, a revenant mnemonic trace or a distant dream.

27 February–21 March 2015

Arthouse Gallery
66 McLachlan Avenue
Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011





Laura Jones solo exhibition

22 November – 22 December 2014

Opens 22 November 4-6pm at Gallery Ecosse