Nicholas Jones was born in Bristol in 1965. He studied Fine Art at Bristol Polytechnic where his degree show paintings revealed a deep appreciation of Samuel Palmer and a concern for luminosity. For three years he then worked almost exclusively in the medium of stained glass. In 1990, however, he returned to painting and in the space of twelve months began to discover his own artistic identity, working with a sudden confidence, intensity and independence. It was at this time that he first met Andras Kalman and his paintings have featured frequently in the Crane Kalman Gallery ever since. Crane Kalman have mounted seven solo exhibitions of his work since 2000.
Landscape, abstraction, colour and light have long been the dominant themes of Nick’s painting. Taking inspiration from the countryside around his Somerset home, from visits to the Lake District and Scotland and dreams of places further afield, he has sought to evoke the world of nature, of hills, mountains, water, skies, trees, and above all, light. Over time these ‘abstracted landscapes’ have slowly become more simplified – increasingly pure celebrations of colour and light. In recent years Nick has made a number of visits to Finnish Lapland where he feels that he has found the landscape that he has been dreaming of and painting for many years. His most recent work has been a response to the arctic night and an attempt to evoke the astonishing other-worldly beauty of the Aurora Borealis.