Val Jones works from her studio at home in Velwell, Dartington, Devon, from where there are breathtaking views of big skies over Dartmoor. Work is exhibited regularly here and visits welcomed. After years of experience teaching from secondary level up to post graduate students of art & design Val now works as a full-time artist. Her work encompasses 3 main different media: oil paintings, printmaking and acrylics.
Following extensive travels and stays in the Middle East, Far East and North Africa Val worked as a design and layout artist in a publishing and print firm in London. She returned to teaching in the Midlands where she remained for the next 20 years graduating with an MA from Birmingham School of Art and becoming Senior Lecturer there.
After a move to Devon her work has been informed by wonderful Dartmoor views from her house situated on a hill in Velwell, Dartington. Extensive travels around the world have enriched her practice
Val remains a member of the 21 Group of artists in Devon & Cornwall and a member of Dartington Printmakers in Totnes.
Monotypes are the most painterly form of printmaking. As their name suggests they are unique.
They are based on local landscapes and exploit this fluid medium. Using ink rollers, sponges and a variety of tools physical and temporal journeys are recorded in marks and in lines expressing contours, watery surfaces and tangled tree forms. The work is taken from plein air sketches of the coast and moorland. Back in the studio prints & paintings are completed from that starting point.
The work exploits contrasts: looseness and precision, lightness and darkness, the microscopic and macroscopic.
“I endeavour to express the inexpressible. I enjoy shimmering colour and the drama of black against vibrant colour. Monotype printmaking enables this.”
“The term “landscape artist” to me seems imprecise.Perhaps it is the search for the sublime which is closer to my quest? I work in oils, acrylics and the area of printmaking.”
“I am finding more and more satisfaction in moving towards abstraction, striving to produce work which reveal feelings that transcend the immediate landscape.”
“The move to abstraction satisfies my intention to communicate not just the physical appearance but the emotional experience of the landscape. Images are deliberately disrupted and unsettled with increasingly bold and gestural strokes in order to relive the experience of being there.”