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Katherine Jones – Special Edition for Young Collectors at LOPF

Our wonderful exhibition ‘Katherine Jones – The Precious Hours’ may have ended but if you didn’t make it then we will be showing Katherine’s work at this year’s London Original Print Fair at The Royal Academy of Arts. There will also be an exclusive launch of a limited edition etching by Katherine – ‘The Freedom of Clouds’ especially for The Young Collectors evening on Thursday 3rd May (Rabley Stand 24) when Katherine will be there to meet and discuss her work.

Katherine Jones ‘The Freedom of Clouds’ 2018
Etching and Block Print
Paper 19 x 24cm Block 9.6 x 14.6cm
Edition of 15

 

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Rabley Newsletter Spring 2018

Dear  Friends,

Rabley has a very exciting Spring and summer planned. To keep you up to date in one email I have included exciting news and key dates below – from the Rabley Gallery’s exclusive launch at the London Original Print Fair of new prints by Emma Stibbon RA, Eileen Cooper RA, Rebecca Salter RA, Nana Shiomi, Sara Lee and more! To Special opportunities to meet the artists, courses and culminating with our Summer Picnic in July!

We look forward to seeing you.
With best wishes for a Happy Easter!

Meryl Ainslie
Rabley Gallery

 

 

Current Exhibition
to 28 April 2018

KATHERINE JONES
‘The Precious Hours’
New prints and works on paper made during the artists’ residency at Rabley Drawing Centre.

FRED GATLEY
‘The Rabley Series’
An exhibition of ceramics made in response to the landscape and environment of Rabley farm.

Opening Times
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 4pm
and weekdays by Appointment.

EXHIBITION INFORMATION

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Katherine Jones ‘The Precious Hours’ – Prints and New Works on Paper

The Precious Hours 2017, Collagraph and block print on paper, 92 x 71 cm, Edition of 25

The Precious Hours is an exhibition of new prints and works on paper by Katherine Jones, Rabley’s artist-in-residence 2016-17 and runs from 17 March – 28 April 2018 at Rabley Gallery, Wiltshire.

During her residency Katherine Jones travelled down to Rabley Home Farm from her home in London on a monthly basis. Katherine was able to witness the seasonal changes on the farm as well as more formal changes such as the sale of the dairy herd, which marked a fundamental shift for the farm. She has not attempted to document these changes straightforwardly, rather, the relative space and minimalism of the cultivated landscape in contrast to the squeeze of the urban environment; the differences in scale; the bittersweet nature of farming and our larger changing environment have been the catalyst to the new work.

Katherine Jones sitting drawing at the Rabley Drawing Centre pond.

Katherine Jones at the Rabley Drawing Centre pond.

During this residency, Katherine Jones has shared The Precious Hours to be inspired, be concerned and be knowing of this place. Her new watercolours and prints meander through conundrums, alighting upon symbols and references. Their intent is not aestheticism, but question. The physicality of these fragile pieces of paper is both beautiful and profound.’   Meryl Ainslie 2018

Here is a selection of works on show at ‘The Precious Hours’ for the full catalogue please visit the website: click here

 


Special Event: Artist Gallery and Studio Introduction – Saturday 21st April

Artists Katherine Jones and Fred Galley will discuss their residencies at Rabley Drawing Centre, walking you through the studio and into the gallery to see their exhibitions – Katherine Jones, ‘The Precious Hours’, New prints and works on paper & Fred Gatley, ‘Rabley Series’ Ceramics. This is a free event but places are limited and booking essential. view and book event

 


The Precious Hours

The title ‘The Precious Hours’ is meant to be read in both a domestic and global context. All time is precious and, as the warming of our planet speeds and visibly affects our environment, the passing of time is ever more apparent.

The work in this exhibition is mostly the result of a year’s residency at Rabley Drawing Centre and Rabley Farm. I visited the farm roughly once a month, made drawings, collected objects and made prints that have been developed both in the Rabley Print studio and back in my London studio.

The show brings together a lexicon of motifs to describe the place and the thoughts evoked during the residency – containers, farm buildings, fields, rocks, birds, clouds and the man-made Rabley pond. During the year, depictions of scale and space have given way to a focus on the passing of time – both in a domestic and global sense – and the visible effects of environmental change making the speed of its passing ever more apparent.

The paintings, sketchbooks and mono-prints are part of the formation or gathering of these individual ideas. The editioned prints, however, are the result of a slower percolation – a consolidation of disparate threads into something more concluded.

The large-scale prints bring together drawings of the farm and surrounding area, the windbreaks between large open fields, mixed clusters of deciduous and evergreen trees and structures loosely derived from the farm’s buildings. These include the farmhouse – large and open, and a serene ‘hide’ from which to observe the birdlife, in particular the red kites and swathes of jackdaws.

A dominant theme has been the sky – so much wider in open Wiltshire countryside than in the city. The warmer average temperatures of recent years are thought to be behind an increase in the occurrence of towering white cumulonimbus clouds. Being more reflective than the grey blanket-like stratus, they form a feedback loop that increases rather than slows the warming of the atmosphere.

This sense of an acceleration of cumulative imbalances in our environment prompted a shift towards more tension in the images – bucolic scenes and skyscapes described in jarring contrasts of line and tone in a colour palette dominated by light flesh-tones and pitch black. Dramatic, distorted, drooping or pouring in a flow-form towards the ground, they describe the accumulation and acceleration of a momentous surge. The resulting aesthetic is something resembling melting ice-cream – sweet, ethereal colours dripped into the brown earth.

I am indebted to Meryl and Andrew Ainslie for giving me the opportunity to work at Rabley and for being such generous and accommodating hosts. Being at Rabley has shifted my perspective and been a catalyst to a new body of work, much of which is still in progress.

Katherine Jones
2018

 


 

About the artist

Katherine Jones is a fine art printmaker and painter. She combines traditional forms of intaglio and relief print (etching, collagraph and block-print) to produce her distinctive images. Fragile floras are covered with protective environments – each luminous and held in the surface of print and watercolour. Jones’ images play with the balance of botanical history and the metaphors of a fragile world.

Jones studied printmaking at Cambridge School of Art and Camberwell College of Art. She has been widely exhibited and received numerous awards and residences. Awards – 2014; London Original Print Fair Prize; Printmaking Today Prize; 2015 Artist in residence, Winchester School of Art; Eton College, UK. Public Collections – Victoria and Albert Museum prints and drawings collection, London National Art library, UK; The House of Lords, UK; Yale University Library, USA.

 


‘Katherine Jones – The Precious Hours’ Publication

Rabley Gallery have published a book to accompany the exhibition. We have copies for sale in the gallery for £18 (special price) or you can view and purchase the book online here: Book Preview


The exhibition runs until April 28th 2018

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Katherine Jones, Rabley Artist in Residence 2016-17

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The Rabley Drawing Centre at Mildenhall has a new Artist in Residence – print specialist Katherine Jones. She will be visiting Rabley over the coming months and working on a new portfolio of prints inspired by the countryside that surrounds the Drawing Centre.

Katherine Jones has been a South Londoner for fifteen years – she studied for her MA there – at the Camberwell School of Art (now known as the Camberwell College of Arts): “They had a great print department – and still do.”Among the public galleries that have bought her works are the Victoria and Albert Museum, the London National Art Library, the House of Lords and Yale University.

For the past three years she has lived with her family – which includes two small and active boys – on a south London housing estate and this estate is the subject of the portfolio of prints she is currently working on.


Katherine Jones on Looking In – Looking Out

” ‘Looking In – Looking Out’ comprises 32 etchings, half of which were made (drawn, etched and printed) at Eton College during my residency there in the autumn of 2015. ‘Looking in’ is a portfolio of 16 etchings that began with simple observational drawings of the College. The new portfolio of 16 etchings ‘Looking Out’ were made from the Tulse Hill Estate in South East London at the beginning of 2016.

Being invited to live within the beautiful, historic buildings of Eton College with its connections with the British Royal Family and its powerful alumni was naturally a fascinating experience. Since I have small children I took up the residency on a part time basis, unlike previous residents who remained for the term. Travelling to Eton for half of the week and back to my housing estate in South London for the remainder of the time, I was continually faced with the differences. The affluence and beauty of the perfectly maintained Eton ‘bubble’, were in stark contrast to the buildings surrounding me at home. Eton has been recorded so often, both in visual terms and otherwise. It has a vast archive, libraries and museums documenting its existence. After the residency was completed I wanted in a small way to redress the balance by making a portfolio describing the Tulse Hill Estate which i find no less beautiful or interesting, in exactly the same way as I had the Eton ‘estate’. As far as possible with the second set of plates I have tried to find equivalents to the places I had made the initial 16 prints at Eton. For instance, the nearest equivalent to the ‘Chapel’, a neon cross on a building now used jointly as nursery and church. A classic cheap paper lampshade (Eton) and a spider plant (Tulse Hill) are also equivalent in their ubiquity.

The initial idea came from a conversation with a friend who mistook a description of my ‘estate’ as ‘country estate’ and didn’t understand why I didn’t know everybody living there. The disparity of the same vocabulary used in different contexts sparked the idea for ‘Looking In, Looking Out'”

 

View Eton Portfolio Catalogue online

View Tulse Hill Portfolio Catalogue online

For enquiries about any of these works please contact Meryl Ainslie on 01672 519999
email: info@rableydrawingcentre.com

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Marlborough News Online

Marlborough News online asked Katherine, what led her to choose, out of all the varieties of the plastic and visual arts, print making: “I’ve always drawn, but with etching the embossed line on a plate is a beautiful thing – and print making is very addictive.”

She explained that the process was in itself an artistic expression: “As you move a drawn image onto the plate – translating lines into a textural form that will take the ink – you’ve lost the drawing, but you have the basis for the print version. The image changes a lot in the process – it generates a progression in the work and you can edit it and colours can change.”

link to Marlborough News Online article


Katherine – Artist Tutor at Rabley

Last year Katherine Jones had an exhibition at the Rabley Drawing Centre and taught some its members – and she was very pleased to see that some of the techniques she taught had found fertile ground with one of the artists in the Rabley Summer Show.

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In September Katherine led an in-depth printing course at the Rabley Drawing Centre.


“The Rabley residency has come at an interesting time. Having completed a traditional portfolio of 16 etchings on the last residency at Eton College followed with a self-funded second portfolio in the same format on my housing estate ‘The Tulse Hill Estate’ in South London I am keen to make a body of work which feels more expansive.

So far coming from London to the farm I am struck by the obvious difference in scale. Things which are large in the setting of my own flat and my small studio in London, naturally seem miniscule in the context of the Whiltshire landscape. The A0 sized prints I have wrestled with look tiny when brought into the beautiful Rabley Gallery space.

Thinking and reading about scale on even the most simple level becomes immediately complex and overwhelming but is also inherently fascinating. Though I might change the direction once the work gets underway, scale and context are the starting point for this new body of work.

So far a pile of small drawings in watercolour and graphite are gradually stacking up. The germs of ideas, photagraphs and drawings jotted in sketch books and as written notes on my brief but regular visits to Rabley are slowly becoming more resolved. ”

 

Katherine Jones, September 2016

Over the coming weeks and months we look forward to following her progress at Rabley and we will keep you updated here on the blog.


More about Katherine

Katherine Jones is a fine art printmaker and painter. She combines traditional forms of intaglio and relief print (etching, collagraph and block-print) to produce her distinctive images. Fragile flora are covered with protective environments – each luminous and held in the surface of print and watercolour. Jones’ images play with the balance of botanical history and the metaphors of a fragile world.

Awards – 2014; London Original Print Fair Prize; Printmaking Today Prize; 2015 Artist in residence, Winchester School of Art; Eton College, UK. Public
Collections – Victoria and Albert Museum prints and drawings collection, London National Art library, UK; The House of Lords, UK; Yale University Library, USA

Katherine Jones ‘Collagraph and block print’ course review

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Last weekend we were very lucky to have Katherine Jones in the print room running a course on one of her favoured methods – collagraph and block print. 

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