Frye Art Museum

photo by Jill Berarducci

Seattle, Washington

(206) 622-9250


Thomas William Jones: Three Decades of Watercolor

August 6 - October 3, 1999


left: Fog at Bandon, watercolor; right: Packards at Christmas, 178, watercolor

The watercolors of Snohomish, Washington artist Thomas William Jones (b. 1942) have graced official White House Christmas cards. Three decades of his work will be on display at the Frye Art Museum Aug. 6 through Oct. 3, 1990. All of Jones' works are exclusively in watercolor, a medium that provides a translucency and strong feeling of light. A public preview will be held on Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. where visitors can meet the artist. In addition, Jones will give a lecture entitled Midwest and Western Impressions at the museum on Aug. 7.

Gentle images of the Northwest, the Midwest, and New England are featured in Jones' watercolors, simple scenes which are often painted from memory. "Simplification gives my paintings strength. When things are simplified, they become more understandable."

Growing up in Bay Village, Ohio, Jones was formally trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art, but considers himself a self-taught painter, and categorizes his work as representational impressionism. "Most of the time my images are not exact replicas of what I see or remember; rather they are my impressions and feelings about the subjects."

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