Ivan Maxwell Jones

Malvern Hills View from Tom's Bench, acrylic on canvas
Mixed media, Painting

This year I'm delighted to be exhibiting my work at The Cube, Arts and Community Centre in the heart of great Malvern. A vibrant and welcoming venue with a great cafe serving a range of tasty, home cooked snacks, lunches, drinks, cakes and ice cream.

My passion for painting and my love of nature are intimately connected. I love to get out into the landscape in all weathers and soak up the sights, sounds and atmosphere of the natural world. I am particularly inspired by the light, colours, textures and patterns of the Malvern Hills. I paint mainly from my home studio using the sketches and photographs that I gather in my frequent walks there. Each painting is an individual voyage of discovery for me and I try to see my surroundings in fresh way, to evoke a sense of character in the landscape and express the wonder I experience in the everyday.

Sometimes my work has an otherworldly realism, other times my landscapes are abstracted through colour, form and texture. I try to bring energy, movement and drama into my work through a vigorous painting process: by building up layers of paint using brushes, palette knifes, spattering, rubbing back, scratching and scraping away to create a texted surface with depth and history. My experimental approach aims to find the sweet-spot between chaos and control, where mistakes become discoveries and a painting emerges from creative play.

This experimental approach and passion for colour, texture and composition is also evident in my purely abstract paintings. When painting abstracts I often work in an intuitive and gestural way, unearthing and burying marks, colours and textures, revealing glimpses of hidden colours in a highly layered surface that often incorporates elements of collage and printing.

With a Drama degree from Bristol Uni, and a previous career as a Bristol television editor making natural history programmes for BBC, my route to becoming a fine artist is an unconventional one. Re-discovering my love of fine art about 17 years ago (via a stained-glass making) I re-trained at the Bristol School of Art and then spent 10 years as an Art Teacher after moving to Malvern in 2008. Now I am finally living the artist dream, and I split my time between painting and art tuition.

Venue address
Malvern Cube Community and Arts Centre
Albert Rd North
malvern link
WR14 2YF
The Cube Arts Centre is easy to find in the heart of Great Malvern, there is plenty of parking around the back of the centre
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