After a resent personal loss I entered a period of introspection/retrospection where I reflected on my 30 years as a painter. I subconsciously began gathering those elements and themes I love about the medium and revisiting them from a more personal perspective as I worked towards this exhibition.
My journey began with a series of portraits exploring male beauty, especially that of the queer male through representations of his allure and his power. All the while looking at a wider range of influences from the modern cultures of fashion and advertising to the historic influences of romanticism, symbolism, loss and love.
This then lead me to the landscapes of the classical romantic vocabulary - ephemeral vistas given layers of meaning with each layer of paint. They were also setting these works in a modern context heavily influenced by artists Claude Lorrain, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Eugene von Guerard, and Tom Roberts.
I hope you enjoy these thematic works, influenced by modern fashion/culture and 19th century romanticism, and I invite you to create your personal narrative whilst viewing.
Image: Gerald Jones Untitled (detail) 2018, photograph by Brenton McGeachie