LEONARD JONES EXHIBITION
Reception: January 14, 2021 | 5:30 p.m.
Leonard Jones is a self-taught artist who is a native of rural Lincoln
County, GA. He was born in the early 1950s and made his first painting
while he was still in school, but ended up having to put it aside for a while
in order to support himself as a laborer for a number of years. Jones
paints scenes that are inspired by childhood memories on roofing tin and
Jones still lives in a no-frills farmhouse with very few amenities that
he prefers because he says it inspires him and enables him to let his
paintings “take him to places.” His images are snapshots of rural Southern
life, where the figures often face away from the viewer or have their faces
obscured by the brims of hats, as if “caught unaware of the painter.”
Jones paints by spreading large blocks of color across his scrap wood
or roofing tin with enamel house paint and a large house painting brush.
He then paints the subjects in with his fingers, leaving his fingerprints
visible in many of his paintings. For smaller subjects or greater detail, he
uses a stick or sometimes the handle of a brush. His works have come to
receive much acclaim in recent years, appearing in various gallery shows
and at the House of Blues.
Sponsored by: Bill & Virginia Anne Franklin Waters