Jacqueline Jones

Jacqueline paints every day and also writes poetry and makes music. Her preferred medium is oils, however health has meant she has been working more in acrylic; or oil on top of acrylic. Her work has recently  explored the figurative; the figure and its relationship to space. Boundaries and walls have become a recent obsession. These have been on a relatively small scale and she is thinking of painting them on larger canvases. She likes being able to move paint around with the freedom of movement and gesture afforded when working on a large canvas. Weather permitting, she will put four crates on the ground out in her garden and lay a canvas on top to paint on.

She describes her work as an expressive reaction to, and an inner imaginative interpretation of, the environment and events around her. She says she always feels the desire to be as inventive as she can with each work. Stories, poems, and folklore also play an important part in the process. Like a painting, each myth and legend takes on a new interpretation and comes alive in texture and brushstroke.

girl on the edge

girl on the edge

Her paintings are often raw in colour and emotion but are not without humour or empathy with ordinary life. There are connections with nature, Greek mythology and the deeper emotions of the human condition. She doesn't always know what a painting will be about, although she will have ideas for each one from the outset. Sometimes the meaning will come about in the process of painting it or at the end. One of her paintings has to do with homelessness and vulnerability, but she has an uneasy relationship with it and is not quite sure of its full meaning even after finishing it. Having said that, she also knows when a painting has achieved all that she wants it to and she is particularly pleased with one of her paintings which has a lot of content, a jazzlike assemblage of balanced colours and reveals more the more you look at it. Her influences are many and include the Dutch Masters, Abstract Expressionism, the paintings of Karel Appel - all of life is food for her art!


1967 Born Llechryd, Wales
1985 Dyfed College of Art Carmarthen, Foundation in Art
1986 Work as an art supplies retailer
1988 Illustrator for Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth
1991 Work as film extra and in a bookshop and alternative clothes shop
1993-94 Studied Classics at Lampeter University. Winner of Faber regional poetry competition. 
1995 Studied for a degree in Humanities at Swansea
2000-02 Work in a sewing factory. Moved to Cardiff and worked in the Visual Art Centre. Music broadcast on BBC Radio Wales, Adam Walton's Musical Mystery Tour, as DJ Ammon. Trance track "Journeys of The Mind" on cover CD of Computer Music Magazine. 
2003 Moved to the Rhondda Valley. Trained to become art teacher. 
2004 Formed Cardiff Stuckists after exhibiting in Wrexham with John Bourne

Selected exhibitions

2018 Pavilion of Painting, Fringe Arts, Bath
2015 "MADE at the Museum", National Museum, Cardiff
2015 "By Invitation" (curated by Shani Rhys James), Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy
2012 Tate Oil Tanks, Tate Modern, London
2009 Stuck in Wood Green, Other Muswell Hill Stuckists, London
2009 Not the Groucho Club, Islington Arts Factory, London
2009 The Stuckists Christmas Sale, Matisonn Burgin Gallery, London
2008 An Antidote to the Ghastly Turner Prize, View Two Gallery, Liverpool
2004 Cafe Cibus, Cardiff

Also the Whitechapel Gallery, London and the John Moores, Liverpool