Photorealist Pastel Drawings by Oliver Jones
In his latest series, Love the Skin You're In, British atist Oliver Jones considers the implications inherent in how the media advertises, manipulates and exploits the imagery of flesh. Rendered in colored chalk pastel, the artist's application and delicate handling of his medium mirrors the way in which we apply products to our own skin. Capturing both the translucency and fragility of the skin's surface, Jones' drawings scrutinize subtle variations, colorations and superficialities. The meticulous and time-consuming process by which the artist creates his work is in direct contrast to the immediacy of imagery captured in today's society, and negates the rapid pace at which we are accustomed to consuming images.
Oliver Jones was born in Shropshire, UK in 1985. He currently lives and works in Birmingham, UK, where he graduated from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in 2008. Shortly after graduation, Jones was the winner of the Best of UK competition at SaLon Gallery, London, earning a place in the UK's Future Greats show. His work was selected for the 2009 and 2010 Threadneedle Prize exhibitions in London, and featured in the BBC2 show Show Me the Monet in 2012. Jones was recently shortlisted for the Young Masters Art Prize 2014.