Exhibitions

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Event Date Location Website
Oliver Jones at Pershore Abbey - Solo Exhibition 20th Feb - 30st March 2022In Collaboration with Meadow Arts, Pershore Abbey
Carry on Creativity 4th May - 30th June 2020Online Exhibiton - Artsy
Skin Deep Solo Exhibition 14th March - 31st October 2021In Collaboration with Meadow Arts, National Trust and Arts Council England, Berrington Hall
London Art Fair(Stand 5) 21st - 26th Jan 2020Business Design Center - London
Art Miami (Booth AM100) 2019 3rd - 8th Dec 2019 Cynthia Corbett Gallery - Miami
Mall Galleries 5th - 16th Feb 2019 Mall Galeries - London
Art Miami (Booth AM100) 2018 6th - 9th Dec 2018 Cynthia Corbett Gallery - Miami
Young Masters Tour 2.0 2nd - 14th October 2017Royal Opera Arcade Gallery - London
London Art Fair(Stand G) 18th Jan - 22nd Jan 2017Business Design Center - London
Art Miami(Booth B108) 29th Nov - 4th December 2016Cynthia Corbett Gallery - Miami
Divine (solo exhibition) 5th Aug - 20th Nov 2016New Art Gallery Walsall - Walsall
Ruskin Prize 6th - 22nd May Electricians Shop - London
Travelers in Time 4th - 22nd Nov SITE/109 Gallery - NYC
Ruskin Prize (shortlisted) 26th Feb - 16th April New Art Gallery Walsall - Walsall
London Art Fair 21st - 25th Jan 2015 London
Small is Beautiful 20th Nov - 10th Jan Flowers Gallery - NYC
Art Miami, Art Fair 1st - 6th Dec Art Miami | Booth C3 - Miami
Texas Contemporary Art Fair 1st - 4th October Houston - Texas
Cynthia Corbett Gallery - Focus on painting 1st - 13th June Coningsby Gallery - London
Small is Beautiful 19th Nov - 2nd Jan 2016 Flowers Gallery - NYC
Young Masters Art Prize 16th Sept - 5th Dec Lloyds Club - London
Young Masters Art Prize 14th - 31st OctSphinx Fine Art - London
SALON 13th - 23rd Dec Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Young Masters - Dialogues 12th - 24th October Sphinx Fine Art - London
A3 Project Space - Preview 10th July Birmingham
Solo Show 12th Sept - 25th Oct 2014 Gusford Gallery - Los Angeles
Future Flesh 21st - 29th Mar 2014 Gallery 223 - London
Self 9th May 2013 The Mall Galleries - London
After the Monet 4th Feb 2013 Coningsby Gallery- London
London Science Museum 31st Jan - 3rd Feb 2013 Science Museum - London
The National Open 11th - 21st Oct 2012 The Minerva Museum - Chichester
Transient Facades 16th - 26th Oct 2012 London College of Communication
Prince's Foundation 24th Oct - 1st Nov 2012 The Prince's Foundation Gallery - London
BBC 2's Show Me The Monet 12th April 2012 The Mall Galleries - London
Torque 7th - 28th Jan 2012 The Willow Art Gallery - Oswestry
Ultra Social 27th - Oct 2011 UAMO City Tour 2011
Intimate Spaces 3rd Dec 2010 Galerie8 Projects - London
The Willow - Opening Exhibition 1st Oct 2010 The Willow Art Gallery
The Threadneedle Prize 2nd - 18th Sept 2010 The Mall Galleries
The West Midlands Open 2010 6th Mar 2010 Birmingham Museum and Art Galleries
The Threadneedle Prize 9th Sept 2009 The Mall Galleries
The UK's Future Greats Pt.2 TBC The White Box Gallery - New York
The UK's Future Greats Pt.1 11th Jun 2009 The SaLon Gallery - Notting Hill
The Best of the UK Apr 2009 The SaLon Gallery - Notting Hill
Ba Hons Degree Show Jul 2008 Margaret Street - Birmingham
New Horizons Jan 2008 RBSA Galleries - Birmingham
Big Beetle Nov 2007 Works Gallery - Birmingham
Group Show Nov 2006 Works Gallery - Birmingham
Lack of Colour Sept 2006 Works Gallery - Birmingham
Group Show Oct 2006 Private Exhibition - Shropshire
Group Show Jun 2006 Public Exhibition - Beer Steps Gallery Shrewsbury
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Oliver Jones

Oliver Jones is an artist based in the UK working from his studios in both rural Shropshire and Birmingham where he co-runs A3 Project Space and Studios. His work is most fundamentally concerned with flesh, in particular how its image exists and how it is interpreted in society. Jones’ large scale, photo-realistic pastel works aim to question societies notion of flesh, provoking the viewer to analyse the surfaces which are more closely evident in reality opposed to the manipulated imagery we are flaunted most apparently through media and industry.

"Flesh is one of the most abundant and influential cues we are exposed to in our modern day lives, yet the frequency of its image has led us to become unquestioning of it, allowing its image to evolve into something far removed from how it exists in reality. Industries eagerness to reflect a false and manipulated vision has induced, within our perception, a sense that these images are the norm. It has prompted society to become familiar and accepting of an idealised image that is far removed from the everyday, in instances accentuating our narcissism and vanity and prompting a pursuit of perfection and an alternate reflection”

Yet due to its frequency and industries eagerness to reflect an alternate version of reality these falsities have the capacity within our perception to be accepted as the norm. It induces society to become familiar and accepting of an idealised image that is far removed from the everyday and has accentuated our narcissistic and vain traits prompting a pursuit of perfection or alternate reflection and leads to a shrouded image of reality."

Given that advertising is one of the most powerful ambassadors of such an image Jones adopts similar techniques in his work in an attempt to 're-advertise' and exemplify a more common and truthful representation of flesh.

"My work aims to exemplify this improper refelction of the flesh commonly advertised, manipulated and exploited, by reflecting a more honest image of reality. The works take the form of large scale photo-realistic drawings using the fragile properties of paper and chalk pastel as the medium to reflect and enhance the fragile nature of the flesh. More importantly the application is so closely comparable to the way we apply products, touch and handle skin that the process symbolises the routines and rituals we go thorough to maintain it. The time taken during this process also aims to dispel the immediacy of the instant and technological portrayal of the exterior that we have become accustomed to."

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