TIM K JONES – IT’S ABOUT TIME
Appropriately titled About Time, the first solo exhibition of Tim K Jones is finally here.
Tim’s collection is such an eclectic mix of style, media and subject that it is difficult to summarise his work. But a common thread, and one of the joys of viewing Tim’s works, is the narrative that often accompanies his wonderful imagery.
With many of his works, Tim shares with us the inspiration behind the image. We could be left to simply ponder the visual clues and arrive at our own interpretation but Tim is clearly an artist who is keen to converse with the viewer. This device works well. We are often presented with an image and a story and a deeper insight into the artwork and the artist.
With his painting Poppy Day, Memorial Park Mount Victoria (a finalist in the 2016 Gallipoli Art Prize), Tim takes this to another level by embedding narrative within the actual image.
A.N.G Irving’s poem, Poppy Day, occupies a large section of the painting. As we read the poem, the image, which at first glance is a pleasant Remembrance Day scene, takes on a sombre mood and we are compelled to review each element of the scene with Irving’s words now dominating our thoughts. The poem is deeply moving and makes viewing the image an emotional experience.
Perhaps a similar experience may have been conveyed without embedding the text, but with Poppy Day, Tim rightfully pays homage to A.N.G. Irving’s poem and clearly expresses just how deeply Irving’s words resonate with him. Poppy Day, the painting and the poem, are both important works.
There is often an element of fun and mischief in Tim’s work and even his Poppy Day painting has some lighter elements. His ability to converse with the viewer through imagery and narrative leaves us wanting to know more about the artist.
We gain further insight about Tim through his pastel, Highway Ugrade Wabi Sabi. He once again engages us in conversation and, in describing the artwork, he shares “… Wabi Sabi is the Japanese philosophy of the beauty of imperfection. The degraded, the rustic, the element of time and its influence on change. I utilise this ethos in my life and art”.
Highway Upgrade Wabi Sabi has been shortlisted for the 2016 Rick Armor Drawing Prize.
The Wabi-sabi ethos is evident in many of Tim’s works, including his concept piece, You Bring The Magic, a painted glass lightbox that, in Tim’s words, “…… can never be viewed apart from the moment in time that you view it. The next moment it must change for the light has changed”.
With such a diverse collection, About Time promises to stimulate, inspire, amuse and educate. The exhibition will be held in Katoomba at Gallery ONE88 from Tuesday 31st May to Sunday 5th June. You can score an invitation to the opening event by contacting the gallery direct on (02) 4782 1900.
The exhibition and the opportunity to meet the artist will make the trip to Katoomba well worth the effort. Katoomba’s Art Deco architecture and its location in the magnificent Blue Mountains are an added bonus. A great way to travel to Katoomba is by train. The service from Sydney will have you arriving nice and relaxed in just 2 hours.
You’ll also find some of Tim’s artwork on OzArt Finder www.ozartfinder.com/artists/tim-k-jones where you can view his Poppy Day artwork along with the typed text of the poem by A.N.G. Irving. For further insight into Tim’s personal connection with this artwork be sure to read his description at www.gallipoli.com.au/art-prize/tim-jones .