Recent Watercolours by Olwen Jones RWS
Olwen Jones expresses her passion for the natural world with fresh beguiling watercolours. Drawn to conservatories, gardens, interiors, windows, glass, reflections, flowers and foliage, Olwen perfectly illustrates the wonders and beauty of our natural world, filling her paintings with an abundance of glorious light and colour.
Inspired by the intricate shapes and forms of meandering plants, flowers, birds and the occasional hidden figure accentuated against the geometric shapes of glass manmade structures, (in particular around Canary Wharf), Olwen meticulously interweaves all these elements, echoing how nature is ever recreating and altering. One shares the pure pleasure of colour as she employs fresh blues, turquoise, greens, lilacs, soft yellows and the occasional accent of orange, which breath life and joy in to her pictures. Her style is a combination of measured observations of shape and form, complimented by the fluidity and playfulness of watercolour.
Olwen has lived and worked near Colchester for many years, married to the late artist Charles Bartlett. From an early age art has formed a major part of her life, although she does still find time for her other interests, including: – travel; visiting museums and art galleries and spending time in both her garden and visiting our various botanical gardens around the UK. This is both research and pleasure, as she will spend hours painting and drawing in situ, before working out her paintings in full back in her studio at home.
Born in London, educated at Harrow College of Art and The Royal Academy Schools, over the years, Olwen has exhibited in some of the UK’s most prestigious art venues including: – The Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, The Barbican, London and Bankside Gallery, London. Selected solo shows include: – The Minories, Colchester; Oldham Art Gallery; Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames; Bury St. Edmunds Gallery; Chapel Galleries, Essex; John Russell Gallery, Ipswich and a regularly at Hayletts Gallery.
Olwen Jones is a fellow of both The Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Both societies maintain a standard of excellence whereby it is an honour to be a selected member.