David R. L. Jones

United Kingdom

Artist biography

David R. L. Jones is a visual artist, who was born and brought up in the United Kingdom, like other famous artists such as Rebecca Moss, Jeremy Annear, European Bob, Roger Mavity, and Laura Pannack.

About David R. L. Jones' works

David R. L. Jones is best known for working in the fields of Abstraction, Conceptual and Figuration. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, many artists were hoping for a change that would allow art to be more reflective of the transitions in society occuring at the time. Abstract art therefore indicates a desire to escape the more classical depictions of reality, in which artists were constrained. With the use of geometrical shapes, colours and gestural elements, artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques were able to lay the foundations for what would become a fundamental branch of modern art. With abstract art, objects and figures are simplified, schematised, which can arguably provide the viewer with a more spiritual experience, since the focus is not put on the material world, but represents an invitation to delve into reflection.

For a conceptual artist, the artwork needs to break free from any sort of traditional representation of what is art, and invite the viewer to enter a world of ideas and concepts, detached from the material reality. Indeed, the core of Conceptualism lies in the fact that the idea behind the artwork has significantly more importance than the completed artwork itself. As a defined movement, Conceptualism first came to be in the late 1960s, with figures such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. The most revolutionary aspect of Conceptual Art is that the artwork can take the form of anything, from writings to performances, to a derived use of everyday objects - the boundaries of art are thus challenged, the tradition is critiqued. Conceptualism has been, and still remains, subject to controversy and debate, due to its tendency to challenge the audience. As a contemporary movement, is it often used as a medium to defy institutions, societal structures and political systems.

Often seen as the opposite of abstraction, figurative art also subsists beyond just a simple representation of reality. Although it essentially means the ability to represent a real-world subject, the style, approaches and mediums that can be chosen by the artist are endless, which gives figurative art the power to be truly innovative and radical. Some glorious instances of figurative art include Henri Matisse’s sculpture The Serf, or Pablo Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles D’Avignon.

Galleries and Exhibitions

David R. L. Jones is represented and exhibited by Galerie Biesenbach in Cologne, Germany. David R. L. Jones most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Biesenbach in Cologne (28 June 2019 until 30 August 2019) with the exhibition small world.

David R. L. Jones in private collections

Stéphane Biesenbach on Artland includes David R. L. Jones' works, as well as other works produced by prominent figures of the Art world, such as Liam Fallon, Farhad Farzali, and Alessandro Simonini.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting rise of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the obvious cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a rather significant extent eclipsed by their respective influence on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become essential to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, essentially characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists known for their affiliation to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

David R. L. Jones

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