DIALOGUE: Polly Jones
THURSDAY, November 16
7 pm - Main Gallery
DIALOGUE is a new collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA). Artist Members from the CCA are invited to pair the work they create with art currently on view at The Grace and speak about the connections between the two. The next artist to present will be Polly Jones.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Polly Jones grew up in Plainview, Texas surrounded by a vast sky and parents who encouraged her love for art. She earned a BFA in painting at Abilene Christian University which sparked a love for still life painting that has occupied much of the past thirty years of her life. She is grateful to share this journey with her husband Kenny, also an artist, and their creative and lovely daughter Marissa. They have spent many years in Tennessee though the last dozen have been back in Abilene where Kenny teaches art at ACU. A full time artist, Polly spends time painting in her sunny studio at home. Her award winning work has been in numerous shows. She is a signature artist at The Center for Contemporary Arts and also has work on display at River Oaks Gallery in Abilene Frame and Arts. Outside of Abilene, her work is shown at Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta as well as Etsy and Ugallery online.
My artistic process is to paint from life. I intend it to be a celebration of the slow gaze, work that comes from a deep sense of gratitude and a longing to practice mindfulness. The still life setups are composed of what I find in my daily life-- finding beauty, life, energy and delight in ordinary everyday moments and objects. While painting, I incorporate paper that ranges from map fragments, ledger paper, hymns, poetry and to vintage Golden Encyclopedia pages for children. This is a way to include other voices and viewpoints into the image as well as a sense of nostalgia. Intense color, light, pattern and texture are a focus that drive me on this creative journey. I often use polka dot grids as a way to refer to atoms, spirit, pixels and all of the things that are hard to see that seem to pervade the physical world.