Martha T. Jones

Martha T. Jones

 

During work on my current series of paintings it has become strikingly apparent to me that my artistic practice is based on the repetition of elements and the consequent variation of their forms. The work draws themes from various sources: alphabetic shapes, the iconography of maps and the abstract potential of the Roman arch. I am interested in ­the phenomenon of identical twinning, how the separate development of individuals with the same genetic material shares common features with the way I form artistic compositions. My work employs a contemporary idiom although it is informed by my education in classical literature, art and archaeology. Although my paintings are abstract they show an affinity for Philip Guston’s last figurative period both in the way I treat line and volume as well in the color schemes that appeal to me.

 

Martha T. Jones, 2016

 

 

A resident of Williamsburg, VA, Martha became a full-time artist after a career as a university instructor teaching courses in Greek and Roman language and culture at the College of William and Mary and elsewhere.   Martha is a two-time recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fine Arts Fellowship for her painting (2011-2012 and 2016/2017).