Robin Jones

original paintings

I started painting the day after Hurricane Ike hit Houston, Texas, where I’d been working as an actor in the theatre. With no power for weeks and unable to go anywhere, I started painting big abstract and figurative paintings. Although I’d been drawing and painting since I was a kid, this was…

I started painting the day after Hurricane Ike hit Houston, Texas, where I’d been working as an actor in the theatre. With no power for weeks and unable to go anywhere, I started painting big abstract and figurative paintings. Although I’d been drawing and painting since I was a kid, this was the first time that I focused whole-heartedly on it- and I haven’t stopped since.

I’m a figurative painter with a focus on the natural world and the human impact upon that world, galvanized by the impact of global climate change and the current mass extinction event we are witnessing across the globe. I also focus on issues surrounding social justice using historical figures and characters from plays and novels. 

I love using metal leaf in my paintings for multiple reasons. These metals are of the earth, they are considered ‘precious’, and therefore I feel they give a reverential quality to the subject matter (similar to the Madonna and Child paintings of the Gothic/Proto-Renaissance). I also love, aesthetically, the way the light reflects off of the metal, changing as the light in the space shifts.

I often focus on young people, as they will inherit the planet that we leave them- and they are also among the strongest and most influential voices in the the climate change and animal liberation movements. Diversity and inclusion are very important to me as well- in visualizing historical figures/characters in new ways, and more representational of the populations in which we live, we see their stories through fresh eyes.

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