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Previous Exhibits

July 16–August 21, 2011
Jules Buck Jones: Everglades

Alligator Island,2010
Acrylic and ink on paper
30 x 22 inches
Courtesy the artist and
McMurtrey Gallery, Houston

Inspired by a residency at Florida’s Everglades National Park in 2009, Austin-based artist Jules Buck Jones creates large-scale works on paper featuring amphibians, reptiles and birds he encountered on his visit. Jones lived alone in a cabin during the park’s off season, canoeing through the swamps where he encountered insects, frogs, alligators, hawks, sharks and a Burmese python, while also searching for the elusive Florida Panther.

Buteo Platypterus, 2011
Acrylic and mixed media on paper
19 x 24 inches
Courtesy the artist and McMurtrey Gallery, Houston

Working in a larger-than-life scale, Jones’ boldly colorful works are a combination of field-guide illustrations and abstract expressionism. “Conceptually, I think [it] is interesting and intrinsic to the dialogue between man and nature,” notes Jones about the grand scale of his work. “I draw inspiration from prehistoric cave paintings, totemic symbols, the great artist/naturalists like Audubon, and a contemporary art world increasingly more aware and intrigued with issues of the natural world…. I aim to express and conjure the flesh and magic of evolution, classification, environment, bio-diversity, mutation, and extinction.” Works such as Terrapin (2010) combine fact and fantasy, as the turtle’s humped back evolves into a lava-exuding land mass.

Acrylic and mixed
media on paper
72 x 72 inches
Courtesy the artist and
McMurtrey Gallery, Houston

Jules Buck Jones lives and works in Austin where he received an MFA in studio arts from The University of Texas. He has a BFA in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. His work has been exhibited at McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, where he will have a solo show concurrent with GAC’s; Champion Gallery, Austin; Conduit Gallery, Dallas; Lawndale Art Center, Houston; and The Front, New Orleans, among others.