Sal Jones



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Getting Angry, Baby? Oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm, 2018

Everyone's Got problems, oil on canvas, 122 x 122 cm, 2018

Here I am, Inside. oil on linen, 100 x 70 cm, 2017

I'm Still Waiting, oil on canvas, 53 x 49 cm, 2016

It's Like A heartbeat, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm 2016

Where are you Going with This? oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, 2016


I hope to make paintings that reflect some of the irony, dilemmas and contradictions in contemporary life. I like to think of my paintings as a commentary on what it is like and how it feels to live or even just to exist in our times. I don’t want the work to be too prescriptive but to remain ambiguous and open to interpretation. Although my work is varied, thematically, it is often worked on in the form of a series; with starting points in found images, objects or photographs which are then transformed, removed from context or reconstructed in some way. Recent work can be best described as a reinterpretation of the portraiture tradition with an emphasis on emotional conflict and expression. Fictional characters have been used to communicate a wider idea of human nature. I use captured moments rather than the traditional poses associated with portraiture, to this end working from photographs becomes a part of the process. I alter the original images sometimes working with collaged elements, the photographic sources are just there as starting points, I don’t stick to them religiously, I am not interested in photo-realism. I rarely do drawings in advance but use the paint to draw directly on the canvas then build up layers from washes to more gestural mark making, often combining brushwork with palette knife. It is an intuitive approach, I let the painting evolve.


Sal has a BA Hons in Fine Art and lives and works in London. She is a qualified teacher of Art & Design with over 20 years of experience working in the education sector teaching and undertaking art residencies; she is currently a freelance Museum educator, and exam board Assessment Associate.
Since leaving her teaching role at the end of 2012 and moving to a new studio in Hackney, Sal has re-established her love of painting and has exhibited widely in London and the UK.
In 2014 she was selected for the Discerning eye exhibition, annual open exhibition at the Mall galleries and in 2015 selected for the Society of Women artists annual open exhibition.
She was elected an associate member of the national Society of painters, Sculptors and printmakers in 2016 and exhibited in their annual shows 2016 and 2017.
She was offered a solo show at Nude Tin Can gallery St. Albans in 2017
She is a selected member of Artcan and Art Society Soho arts collectives, exhibiting with both in group shows.
In 2016 she was long-listed for the Jackson’s Open Art prize, winning the interim oil painting prize. Works are held in private collections in the UK and internationally.


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