Robert Sparrow Jones

Rob Sparrow Jones, Horses, 2016, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

ARTIST STATEMENT - The Uncertain Landscape

I am interested in narrative; storytelling through pictures evoking a deep sense of place. What moves me to make these works is the trifecta of memory, love, and the passage of time. The pictures serve as a shifting cross-section—using color, tone, and an expressive languor in paint language, to create a local dialect that, although uneven, I think vividly captures the energy, the mutability, or perhaps the stubborn persistence of what it’s like to be affected by place. They are meant to act in the present but suggest a past, moving with the rhythm of everyday life that is rife with multiple time signatures. The figures are intended to add atmosphere to past peregrinations and dalliances and knit the uncertainties of our life’s complications into such a lovely, changeable shifting. The emotional landscape emerges when our attentiveness to the sensual world brings a certain mutable responsiveness from the imperatives of consciousness.


Robert Sparrow Jones received his BFA from Kutztown University and his MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting, MICA. He was an artist in Residence at The Studios of Key West, Museum of Glass, the Frye Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and the Vermont Studio Center. He was awarded the Deering Estate fellowship in Miami and Can Serrat, Spain. Jones' work has been reviewed in Oxford American Magazine, Athens Food and Culture, Seattle Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, and his paintings are in New American Paintings. His work has been exhibited from New York to Hong Kong and he is a Regular Contributing Arts Writer for the Michigan Quarterly Review. He lives and works by the Ballard Locks in Seattle WA. 


Rob Sparrow Jones, Rosa acicularis, 2016, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches