January 8, 2020—January 25, 2020 | Reception for the artist, Saturday Nov 9th, 11:30AM to 1:30PM
James Harris Gallery is pleased to present our second solo exhibition by Fay Jones. This show, titled “Las Golondrinas,” consists of large scale works on paper, a mode of painting that Jones continues to return to throughout her career. “Las Golondrinas” is a symbolic and cathartic presentation of loss and grief, hope and joy. This duality is mirrored in Jones’ signature usage of a horizon line- a divide between two worlds and two perspectives. Rather than directly contrast one another, these multiple realities allude to the complexities and interconnectedness of human experiences. These paintings are in memoriam of Jones’ late husband, Robert C. Jones, who died this past year. Bob was also an artist and their lives seamlessly wove together creativity and family.
Fay Jones’ work conveys the intimacy of mind, emotion, and spirituality. As a whole, Jones’ paintings echo a tremendous sense of humanity. The pieces meld figures, animals and symbols to conjure up existential meaning of human experience. Her characters become signifiers, representing the watery depth of the unconscious.
Fay Jones received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1957. Awards she has received include the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors grant in 2013, the Seattle Art Museum’s 2006 Poncho Artist of the Year award, grants from the NEA in 1983 and 1990, the Washington State Arts Commission in 1984, and La Napoli Art Foundation in 1989. Her work has been extensively collected in the Northwest, and is included in the collections of the Portland Art Museum and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Oregon, and the Seattle Art Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington, as well as the Cities of Seattle and Portland. Major exhibitions include a 2007 retrospective at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, a 1997 traveling retrospective with the Boise Art Museum, and exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, WA, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, and the Palm Springs Desert Museum in California.