Biography

Nicholas Jones was born in Bristol in 1965.  He studied Fine Art at Bristol Polytechnic where his degree show paintings revealed a deep appreciation of Samuel Palmer and a concern for luminosity. For three years he then worked almost exclusively in the medium of stained glass. In 1990, however, he returned to painting and in the space of twelve months began to discover his own artistic identity, working with a sudden confidence, intensity and independence. It was at this time that he first met Andras Kalman and his paintings have featured frequently in the Crane Kalman Gallery ever since.  Crane Kalman have mounted seven solo exhibitions of his work since 2000.

Landscape, abstraction, colour and light have long been the dominant themes of Nick’s painting. Taking inspiration from the countryside around his Somerset home, from visits to the Lake District and Scotland and dreams of places further afield, he has sought to evoke the world of nature, of hills, mountains,  water, skies, trees, and above all, light. Over time these ‘abstracted landscapes’ have slowly become more simplified – increasingly pure celebrations of colour and light. In recent years Nick has made a number of visits to Finnish Lapland where he feels that he has found the landscape that he has been dreaming of and painting for many years. His most recent work has been a response to the arctic night and an attempt to evoke the astonishing other-worldly beauty of the Aurora Borealis.

Nicholas Jones is married to Jane Blazeby, a professor of surgery in Bristol. They have three children.

CV

1965             Born Bristol
1972-83       Educated at Clifton College, Bristol
1983-87       Trained Bristol Polytechnic, BA (Hons) Fine Art.
1987-89       Worked in stained-glass
1988             Married Jane Blazeby
1990             Started painting
1996-2001   Anna, Katy and Edward born.

Solo Exhibitions

1991      Unit 6, Temple Meads Industrial Estate, Bristol
1992     Coopers Gallery, Bristol
2000    Crane Kalman Gallery, London
2002    Crane Kalman Gallery, London
2003    Six Chapel Row, Bath
2004    ‘Travelling Light’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London
2005    ‘Travelling Light’, Chelsea Art Gallery, Palo Alto, California, USA
2006    ‘Traces in the Air’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London
2008    ‘Grace Notes’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London
2014    ‘Light’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London
2017    ‘Aurora’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London

Two Person Exhibitions

1998      ‘Nicholas Jones & Janet Watson’ Crane Kalman Gallery, London
2011      ‘Paintings by Nicholas Jones with sculptures by Tom Stogdon’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions

1984      The Studio Gallery, Bristol
1987      The Knapp Gallery, London
1988      Pelter/Sands, Bristol
1988      Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
1990      Brewhouse Open, Taunton
1991      Praxis Gallery, Bristol
1991      St George’s Crypt Gallery, Bristol
1991      Midlands Contemporary Art, Birmingham
1992      Plymouth Arts Centre
1992      Crane Kalman Gallery, London
1994      London Contemporary Art Fair
1994      Manchester Contemporary Art Fair
1994      Contemporary Art Society, Royal Festival Hall, London
1995      Contemporary Art Society, Royal Festival Hall, London
1996      ‘Young Blood’ Crane Kalman Gallery, London
1996      Schoolhouse Gallery, Bath
1996      Contemporary Art Society, Royal Festival Hall, London
1997      Schoolhouse Gallery, Bath
1997      Gordon Hepworth Fine Art, Exeter
1999      Art 99, Business Design Centre, London
1999      Six Chapel Row, Bath
1999      Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Gloucester
1999      20th Century British Art Fair, RCA, London
1999      ‘Silence in Painting’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London
2000      Napier Gallery, Jersey
2000      Art First, 9 Cork Street, London
2001      Art 2001, Business Design Centre, London
2001      ARCO, Madrid
2001      Glynebourne
2001      20th Century British Art Fair, RCA, London
2001      The Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London
2001      Crane Kalman Gallery, London
2002      Art 2002, Business Design Centre, London
2002      Crane Kalman Gallery, London
2003      Art 2003, Business Design Centre, London
2003      ‘Against the Trend‘, Crane Kalman Gallery, London
2003      20/21 British Art Fair, Commonwealth Institute, London
2003      Art Basel-Miami, South Beach, Florida
2003      Riverview Art Gallery, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
2004      Art 2004, Business Design Centre, London
2004      ‘British Landscape Painting in the Twentieth Century’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London
2005      Art 2005, Business Design Centre, London
2005      Crane Kalman Gallery, London
2006      Art 2006, Business Design Centre, London
2011      20/21 British Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London
2012-16   London Art Fair, Islington, London

Prizes

1990      South West Arts Fine Art Project Award

Corporate & Museum Collections

Brown Brothers Harriman Ltd, London EC2
Lloyds TSB Group Plc, London EC3
Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Gloucester

Exhibition Catalogues

Silence in Painting’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London, 1999
Nicholas Jones,  Crane Kalman Gallery, London, 2000
Nicholas Jones,  Crane Kalman Gallery, London, 2002
Against the Trend’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London, 1999
Nicholas Jones, ‘Travelling Light’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London, 2004
British Landscape Painting in the Twentieth Century’, Crane Kalman Gallery, 2004
Nicholas Jones, ‘Traces in the Air’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London, 2006
Nicholas Jones & Tom Stogdon, Crane Kalman Gallery, London, 2011
Nicholas Jones, ‘Light’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London, 2014
Nicholas Jones, ‘Aurora’, Crane Kalman Gallery, London, 2017