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A large drawing in a marble floored room of a mother wearing a hooded towelling dressing gown holds a child in her arms. She seems to gaze at the child, but is really looking at her phone screen.

Oliver Jones - #motherandchild

Pastel on paper, 2017. Courtesy the artist.

A close up of a woman's face on a wall of pictures. In the drawing, she is wearing a beauty-facemask of gold leaf.

Oliver Jones - Gold Leaf Face Mask II

Pastel on paper, 2016. Courtesy Cynthia Corbett. Photo Stefan Handy.

A semi-naked man reclines in a dark tattoo parlour, where the tattoo artist's machine and its cable snake around the figures

Oliver Jones - Divine

Pastel on paper, 2016. Courtesy the artist.

A large drawing in a marble floored room of a mother wearing a hooded towelling dressing gown holds a child in her arms. She seems to gaze at the child, but is really looking at her phone screen.A close up of a woman's face on a wall of pictures. In the drawing, she is wearing a beauty-facemask of gold leaf.A semi-naked man reclines in a dark tattoo parlour, where the tattoo artist's machine and its cable snake around the figures

The Artist's Studio - Oliver Jones (online tour)

Online premiere: 15 May 2020, 2pm

Available on Meadow Arts YouTube Channel and Website

What happens in an artist's studio? Join us to watch Oliver Jones as he takes us on a tour, answers some of your questions and discusses his work in the first of our series of virtual studio tours - The Artist's Studio. You can send us your questions in advance by messaging @MeadowArts on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram or email rebecca@meadowarts.org by 4 May.

Portrait of a yung man in front of artworksOliver Jones is an award-winning visual artist, working from his studio in rural Shropshire, after spending the first part of his career working from and co-running studios in Birmingham. His work is collected and exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be found in some highly notable public and private collections throughout the UK, Los Angeles and Istanbul.

In 2020, Meadow Arts curated an exhibition of Jones' large scale pastel drawings in Skin Deep at Berrington Hall, in partnership with National Trust. The exhibition has closed during the Coronavirus lockdown, but we hope to reopen it later in the year so that you can see these stunning works in this special venue. In the meantime, enjoy images of Oliver Jones' work online and watch the artist's own studio tour, released online on 15 May 2020.

Sometimes shocking, often melancholy or humorous, for Skin Deep, Oliver Jones’ images take their place in the beautiful interior of Berrington Hall. Like a sudden invasion of hyper-reality, they jar and stand out, but they also seem strangely at home. Graphically, these images respond to a new tech-driven iconology; they are cropped and framed to fit the screens on phones or tablets. Jones’ images are not portraits, rather they illustrate a need for attention; an almost macabre quest for beauty and perfection, whether through plastic surgery, skin treatments or body modification.

 

Photograph of Oliver Jones by Graham Young.