by OLWEN JONES
Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
11th September - 2nd October 2006
Vice President of the Royal Watercolour Society, Olwen Jones delights the eye and challenges the mind with familiar themes of light, reflection and architecture captured within striking botanical settings in her exhibition of New Watercolours at Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, which opens on 11th September. Each one of her paintings presents a visual puzzle, playing with the effects of glass and light to create a multi-dimensional composition. Are you looking through the glass or seeing reflections in it? With Olwen Jones, it is most likely you are doing both at once and therein lies the magic of her work.
Fascinated by the juxtaposition of organic plant forms and the geometry of man-made structures, Olwen Jones is inspired by botanical gardens and glass houses to create bold yet calm works that achieve a wonderful loose and transparent quality with clever use of colour and technique. She uses a limited palette of predominantly cool colours to generate life and energy within the botanical world of each watercolour.
In this rare exhibition of her work, Olwen Jones' virtuoso talent bursts forth to carry us on a journey that takes in Cambridge, Dublin, Lisbon and Venice enjoying beautiful floral studies of sunflowers, buddleia and agapanthus to name but a few.
Olwen Jones was born in London of Welsh parents and trained at the Harrow School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. Her work is held in public collections across the country, including those of the National Museum of Wales, the Museum of London, Christchurch Mansion and the Norwich Castle Museum.
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