This is an original acrylic painting by listed Virginia artist, James Warwick Jones. "Tiger Lily" is a simple, yet elegant still life with a single bright Tiger Lily bloom in a clear glass with water. The art measures 12″ x 9″ and the modern gold tone frame with white linen liner is 16 1/2″ x 13 1/2″. Both art and frame are in excellent condition, signed and dated 1978 in the lower right corner.
Born in Hampton, Virginia in 1946, where he still resides, James Warwick Jones studied painting with Jack Whitney Clifton from 1959 to 1962. He continued his studies with Will Barnet, Hobson Pittman, Walter Stuempfig and others at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia from 1965 to 1968. After attending the University of Pennsylvania, he transferred to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, where he received a bachelor of science degree in secondary art education, graduating magna cum laude in 1971. After teaching art in the Hampton Public Schools for five years, he spent the next three years devoting full time to painting. In 1979, he began working at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News. In 2005 he became Gallery Manager of The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton, Virginia.
His work is represented in over twenty corporate and public collections, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Phillip Morris Inc., the City of Williamsburg, Portsmouth Museums, and the Tidewater Artists Association. He has exhibited in many solo, group, and juried exhibitions including Virginia Artists at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Central South Art Exhibition, Nashville; and Peninsula Fine Arts Center Juried Exhibitions.
He is the recipient of over one hundred awards, including Best Traditional Painting, Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show; the Mariner's Museum Award, James River Juried; Best in Show and Mayor's Award, Bay Days Juried Exhibition; and PFAC Award, Peninsula Fine Arts Center.
“I would say my interest in art and painting probably began in the sixth grade. I spent quite a bit of that year working alone or with a few other students, drawing and painting in tempera on brown Kraft paper, illustrations for Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and SCA safety murals. Apparently my teacher saw some talent in me, so at the end of the year she suggested to my parents that I might have an interest in taking some painting classes. My parents always encouraged and supported me, so the following fall I began painting class on Saturday morning with a well known Hampton artist, Jack Whitney Clifton. It was then that I decided I wanted to be an artist, a painter, and that is the course I have pursued for the past fifty years.
Continuing my studies at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and graduating with a degree in Secondary Art Education rounded out my formal art education. Like most artists, I worked in related jobs, first as a public school art teacher, and for the past thirty years as a curator and administrator in visual arts centers, currently at The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton. During these other careers, I always found time and energy to devote to my painting.
My paintings have always been inspired by something I see in my environment, either nature, the man made world or a combination of the two. These are often ordinary, everyday things we all see in the course of our days, but usually something we don’t really notice and probably don’t think of as the subject of a painting. Very seldom are they picturesque or pretty subjects, but more likely something some might consider an eyesore, urban blight or at least unattractive. For me, though, there is a certain order or relationship between the shapes, volumes, values or colors that attracts my eye. It might be the way the sunlight creates a pattern of light and shadow, an atmospheric condition, or a mood which it evokes in me. It is almost always about the abstract quality, the way all the parts fit together in an interesting way. Finding or creating a unified design, a harmonious composition in that subject is one of the most important aspects.
Almost never are the subjects portraits or figures, although often the presence of man is suggested by the subject or environment, as if someone may have just left the scene.
Many of the subjects suggest the passage of time, the effects of age and weather and human use on something. Very seldom am I attracted to something shiny and new. The objects or building or workboats or whatever are apt to be well worn or derelict, often times disappearing, lost or destroyed some time after they have been painted.
The paintings often evoke a quiet, tranquil, solitary or serene mood, which I think is part of their attraction.” Ref: Veer Magazine Interview 2017
Original Acrylic Still Life Painting by Listed Virginia Artist, James Warwick Jones