Katherine Jones RA – Newly Appointed Royal Academician

Katherine Jones: Newly Appointed Royal Academician

News: May 2022

We are delighted to celebrate the election of Katherine Jones as a Royal Academician. This prestigious accolade recognises her contribution to printmaking as an artist and teacher. She will become one of the youngest Royal Academicians to be elected and take her place alongside fifteen other RA printmakers and engravers. 


How did Katherine become and RA?
To be elected as a Royal Academician you must first by nominated by an existing Academician, who writes their name in the weighty Nominations Book. Signatures must then be elicited from eight other RAs in support of the nomination. At this stage the nominee becomes a candidate. All the Academicians meet at a General Assembly to vote in new Members from the list of candidates. Vacancies are only created when an RA reaches the age of 75 and becomes a Senior Academician or on the death of an RA. The Academy Laws specify that there can be up to a maximum of 100 Royal Academicians at any one time, so there are usually only one or two new members voted in each year.

In this feature, we’ll look at the celebrated career of Katherine Jones from her most recent body of work, ‘The Iron in the Earth’, to her earlier series of works on paper.

VIEW available KATHERINE JONES ARTWORKS

The Iron in the Earth: 2020 - 2021

Katherine Jones – High and Tipping. Collagraph and Block print on paper, 74 x 96 cm, Edition 15, 2020. 

A patch of earth holds the promise of growth and renewal. High and Tipping by Katherine Jones is drawn directly from the artist’s allotment onto mount board and printed in vivd colour. Retaining spontaneity, it refers to the closing days of July where the plants begin to tip after a long summer month. This original work on paper has recently been donated to the Pallant House Gallery permanent Print Collection.

Katherine Jones – A Temporary Pause. Collagraph and Block print on paper, 73.5 x 107 cm, Edition 15, 2020. 

Inspired and immortalising by her grandmother’s Dutch heritage, A Temporary Pause depicts a range of images of tulips from different angles, interpretations, diagrams and impressions.

Katherine Jones – Chalk Marks on Water. Collagraph and block print on paper. 76 x 106 cms, 2020. Edition Variable 15

This print is inspired by the fleetingness of marigolds at the height of their bloom, the name taken from New Zeland film director Jane Campion’s An Angel at My Table (1990). View full catalogue from ‘The Iron in the Earth’ exhibition below:

Katherine Jones: “How Was It Made? Etching” 

Short Film | Printing Technique for the Victoria & Albert Museum

This film was commissioned by the V&A for their series ‘How Was it Made’. A series of short films giving an overview of the techniques used by artists and artisans working in a range of media. 

The film is beautifully made by Marissa Keating, filmed by Michael Jones with music by Derek O Neill.

The V&A writes: “For Katherine Jones, printmaking is a process that “lets you breathe”. Specialising in the technique of etching, Katherine sees it as a total medium, both “exciting and monotonous”, that is able to achieve a range of marks, from a painterly style to something that is hard and fine.
 
In this film, we follow her as she explains and demonstrates the process of sugar lift etching, creating multiple colour proofs of a pansy flower from the same plate.”
 
Watch Below:
 

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE V&A: 2022

Katherine Jones – Untitled (V&A pansy) No.2. Hard-ground, aquatint and hand colour on 300gsm Somerset paper. Paper size 30.5 x 26cm image size 16 x 12cm.

Katherine Jones – Untitled (V&A pansy) No.5. Hard-ground, aquatint and hand colour on 300gsm Somerset paper. Paper size 30.5 x 26cm image size 16 x 12cm.

Katherine Jones – Untitled (V&A pansy) No.6. Hard-ground, aquatint and hand colour on 300gsm Somerset paper. Paper size 30.5 x 26cm image size 16 x 12cm.

Katherine Jones: The Precious Hours

Words by Fiona Robinson, 2018

There are quiet obsessions, undercurrents, that run through the work and practice of printmaker Katherine Jones: line, vulnerability, connections with the written word, time. She is a deeply serious artist, making work in which illusive ideas shimmer on the surface and in the depths of her luminous prints.
 
Jones approaches printmaking from the perspective of a painter. Her initial marks are made on card collagraph plates, a process that allows her to retain a greater sense of spontaneity and fluidity that is possible in etching. When she does etch she tends to use a process like sugar-lift that, again, facilitates a free approach. She tackles her subject by making hundreds of pencil drawings in sketchbooks and small watercolours on random scraps of paper. There is always a back-story which is just as thoroughly researched. It is rare for her initial studies to be translated directly into prints. The gathering of visual information allows her to explore a subject in depth and familiarise herself with the possibilities of line, shape, light and colour. Then, when she makes a print, she is s thoroughly versed in her subject that she seamlessly transfers her research onto the collagraph plate. This continuing process of free experimentation gives her the confidence to take risks. She will make fifteen or twenty proofs before she is satisfied that she has solved the visual conundrum and reconciled it with her ideas. She builds up the image on multiple plates and after each print works back into the print with drawn marks and paint.
 
The Precious Hours is the culmination of a year-long residency at Rabley Drawing Centre near Marlborough. Jones has dipped in and out of the location gathering information, absorbing the landscape, the structure of buildings and the changes in the weather. She has also had access to larger presses than she has at her London studio, which has allowed her to make big work. It has been a hugely fruitful time.She has been enveloped in the beautiful Wiltshire landscape, experienced life on a working farm, and has benefitted enormously from the nurturing atmosphere and support of the Director of Rabley, Meryl Ainslie. 

The precious hours

Katherine Jones – The Precious Hours

Collagraph and block print on paper, 92 x 71 cm, Edition of 25

Katherine Jones – The Precious Hours – Cloud Mass II

Collagraph and block print on paper, 92 x 71 cm, Edition 25

Katherine Jones – The Precious Hours – Cloud Mass I

Collagraph and block print on paper, 85 x 74 cm, Edition of 25

Katherine Jones – The Wet and The Dry

Collagraph and block print, 73.5 x 87 cm, Edition 25.

Image: Katherine Jones in her Brixton studio. Image credit Katherine Jones RA (Elect) b1979. Photography Josephine Dixon.

All viewings are currently by appointment, please contact the gallery to arrange a date and time to visit.

Email:  info@rableygallery.com

Tel:  +44 (0)1672 511999

View Works on Online Shop:

£650.00

Medium: Collagraph and block print on paper.

Paper Size: 67.00 x 70.50 cm

Image Size: 36.00 x 37.00 cm

2015

Edition 50

 

£900.00

Medium: Collagraph and block print on paper.

Paper Size: 67.00 x 70.50 cm

Image Size: 62.00 x 58.50 cm

2015

Edition 25

 

£950.00

Medium: Collagraph and block print on paper.

Image Size: 50.00 x 50.00 cm

Paper Size: 67.00 x 70.50 cm

2017

Edition 25

 

£950.00

Medium: Collagraph and block print on paper.

Paper Size: 67.00 x 70.50 cm

Image Size: 50.00 x 50.00 cm

2015

Edition 50

 

£1,200.00

Medium: Collagraph and block print on paper. Printed on Somerset 300gsm paper.

Size: 80 x 100 cms (31.50 x 39.37 ins)

Published 2020

£1,200.00

Medium: Collagraph and block print on paper. Printed on Somerset 300gsm paper.

Size: 76 x 106 cms (29.92 x 41.73 ins)  

Published 2020

Edition Variable of  2/15

£1,200.00

Medium: Collagraph and block print on paper. Somerset 300gsm paper.

Size: 69 x 94 cms (27.17 x 37.01 ins)

2021

Edition 15

 

£1,200.00

Medium: Collagraph and block print on paper. Somerset 300gsm paper.

Size: 69 x 94 cms (27.17 x 37.01 ins)

2021

Edition 15

 

£1,200.00

Medium: Collagraph and block print on paper. Printed on Somerset 300gsm paper.

Size: 100 x 73 cms (39.37 x 28.74 ins) 

Published 2020 

Edition Variable / 25

£7,500.00

Medium: Monoprint, Triptych

Size: 218 x 152 cms (85.83 x 59.84 ins)

2021 

Framed

£1,200.00

Medium: Collagraph and block print on paper. Printed on Somerset 300gsm paper.

Size: 85 x 71 cms (33.46 x 27.95 ins)

2021

Edition Variable 3 / 25

£1,200.00

Medium: Collagraph and block print on paper. Printed on Somerset 300gsm paper.

Size: 85 x 71 cms (33.46 x 27.95 ins)

2021

Edition Variable 6 / 25

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