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"Copper City" 30” x 30” Copper & Gold Leaf, Modeling Paste, Acrylic

Aida Jones

Past Tour Exhibitor

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Aida Jones is a local Maplewood, NJ artist. Jones studied at the Art Students League in NYC and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Jones is also an experienced teacher of adult painting and drawing classes. She worked as Artistic Director for the Monroe Center for the Arts, in Hoboken, NJ for 8 years. And has acted as curator, board member, art director and consultant on many arts programs in the state of NJ. Over the past 15 years, Jones’s work has been on exhibit in a variety of NY and NJ galleries, art shows and events.

In her latest series she brings a new palette and theme that is a departure from her earlier pop art work. By exploring the concept of landscape in an unexpected way, Jones tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations. Highly layered abstract paintings saturated in earthy colors, rich textures and movement. Aida Jones often features gold leaf, and metal foils in her paintings, imbuing her work with a soft dance of light. The paintings convey emotion without specific imagery, but many appear as imagined landscapes or cityscapes. Thick layers of paint that seem almost carved onto the canvass bring rich texture and give the work a sculptural feel.

Her paintings are based on formal associations, which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. By applying abstraction, she investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.

Her work doesn’t reference recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By choosing mainly formal solutions, she tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations.