JEAN FITCH JONES is a pure abstract expressionistic artist expressing reflections using both Eastern sensitivity, the use of calligraphy brush strokes and Western movement of unmediated expression and boldness.
Exemplifying abstract expression’s spontaneity, the works are an exploration of self on canvas liberated from any evident reference to the world of appearances, creating form for its own sake, subject to the laws of art rather than those of nature. Such aesthetic frontiers, incorporating entirely non-representational imagery, invites therapeutic, meditative qualities of allowing the viewer to discover their own images within the canvas.
Employing gestural brushwork, powerful bold forms and improvisational exploration, the works portray a total risk to the artist as well as the viewer. A risk to look into oneself to discover peace or turmoil. Introduction to the Artist JEAN FITCH JONES is a current day abstract expressionistic artist living in Southern California.
This artist is successful and unique because of her ability marry the power of Western abstract expressionism to the reflective and sensuality of Japanese calligraphy. The art works are bold and daring canvases which push the aesthetic frontiers creating a spontaneous world of accidential splashes, brush strokes left undisguised and unworked on the canvas. The magic of color, form and texture are freed from associations which allows the viewer to explore the direction of a powerful sensual brush stroke or accidental blend of color.
This artist uniquely combines the art of the cerebral and intellect with private and intimate emotions. This art is a successful and refreshing example of unadulterated energy visualized. The marriage of these two vastly different approaches to the world yield an art that seems to create its own world.
JEAN FITCH JONES has travelled and studied art internationally. Extensive art tours in France, Italy, Spain, Greece as well as Southeast Asia, Bali, Thailand and Malaysia. Instructors have included Tony Delap, Craig Kaughman, Ed Bereal, John Paul Jones and RT Pece. Art influences include Elaine De Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, John Altoon, Richard Diebenkorn and Toko Shinoda.
B.A. – University of California, Irvine, California – Studio Art and Biology A.A. – Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, California – Art and Biology Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri – Art and Photography
2000 Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California Southern California Artists’ Gallery, Pomona, California Aliso Viejo Library, Aliso Viejo, California Guggenheim Center at Chapman College, Orange, California Santora Artist Village, Santa Ana, California
1999 La Jolla Hilton, La Jolla, California Guggenheim Center at Chapman College, Orange, California Rancho Viejo Library, Rancho Viejo, California
1998 Art Tour, Paris, France Jewish Community Center, Costa Mesa, California Huntington Art Center, Huntington Beach, California Jack London Auditorium, Oakland, California
1997 Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Guggenheim Center at Chapman College, Orange, California Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California Deming Cultural Center, Deming, New Mexio
1996 Musee Adzak, Paris, France Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Huntington Art Center, Huntington Beach, California Advertising Art Building, Santa Ana, California
1995 Santora Artists Village, Santa Ana, California Irvine Fine Arts, Irvine, California Ronald Reagan Federal Court House Project, Santa Ana, California Advertising Art Building, Santa Ana, California
“La Fiesta 1995”, Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, California Orange County Center for Contemporary Art “Silent Auction,” Santa Ana, California Orange County People for Animals “Holiday Auction,” Newport Beach, California
Orange County Register, June 3, 1995 – “From Eyesore to Canvas” Orange County Register, July 16, 1995 – “Art Lovers by the Hundreds Visit New Studios” Orange County Weekly, October 24, 1996 – Art Walk” JCC Center Voice, February, 1998 – “Expressionist Jean Fitch Jones to Show at the JCC”
Abramsohn Collection, Dana Point, California – “Odorokasu Hato” Orange County People for Animals, Irvine, California – “Yurushi” Diversified Newport Appraisal, Newport Beach, California – “Buffalo Dance” Carpenter & Company, Irvine, California – “Dancer of the Sky”