Nicola Hicks – Keep Dark
Lucy Jones has been described by art critic Jackie Wullschläger as “the most exciting English colourist of her generation”. With a clear and often brutally frank vision, her paintings connect a journey through exterior landscapes and interior worlds.
Awkward Beauty is the first publication to draw together both her portraits and landscape paintings produced over the past twenty-five years, tracing the evolution of a distinctively vibrant painterly language, which she has used to describe the world, herself and most recently, other people. Illustrated with over 100 colour plates, the book demonstrates Jones’s broad emotional range, from densely chromatic and vigorously wrought vistas painted in the British countryside, to her raw and powerfully expressive presentations of the figure, addressing the vulnerabilities and the strengths of Jones’s own disabilities, and society’s way of viewing difference in others.
Lucy Jones is a painter who lives and works in Ludlow, Shropshire. From 1976 to 1979 Jones studied at the Camberwell School of Art and then at the Royal College of Arts from 1979 until 1982. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally and her work is in the collections of major international museums and private collections.