Introduction - Pete Jones

I was born and bought up in Bangor, Wales. After studying at Chester School of Art I completed a degree in Fine Art (Painting) at Loughborough College of Art & Design during 1983.

My career took a "swerve" through the NHS, becoming a Learning Disability Nurse for 30 years before returning to full time painting in 2016.

 

Having intermittently accepted a range of commissions during my Nursing career, I am now fully focussed on my art, working from my purpose-built studio in the foothills of Snowdonia at Sling near Bangor.

 

I have always been inspired by the landscapes and seascapes of North West Wales.

In my past body of work I have attempted to convey a sense of place and time, endeavouring to create atmospheres through the use of colour and light.

My past portrait work has attempted to capture an individual's character wthin a moment in time. portraits undertaken of former residents of Bryn-y-Neuadd Hospital (In which I worked for many years) have been well-received with one piece being accepted into the National Library of Wales collection. A short documentary "A hidden portrait" was screened on BBC2 Wales during February 2018.

 

I am currently at a transitional point in my artistic career, during which I am exploring different media and subject matter and looking towards building a strong body of work for public exhibition.

 

I am not precious about my work , I tend to work quickly, often being guided by "accidents" that happen during the painting process. I will occassionally destroy pieces of work  by completely re-working them with a view to creating something new and consequently many of the paintings shown  no longer exist.

 

Having completed my first major solo exhibtion at Oriel Mon during August 2019 I am now working towards new projects which included "AFON" (River) at Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda (January, 2020) and "Y BAE"(The Bay) at Storiel, Bangor (September, 2020).

 

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