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PUBLISHED: 16:21 29 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:24 10 June 2010
TUESDAY, JULY 29: FROM East Devon to New York and back again, artist Patrick Jones has brought his stunning abstracts full circle in a Budleigh Salterton exhibition. Fresh from a retrospective in 2007 at London's Poussin Gallery, the 60 year-old's canvases will go on sale
FROM East Devon to New York and back again, artist Patrick Jones has brought his stunning abstracts full circle in a Budleigh Salterton exhibition.Fresh from a retrospective in 2007 at London's Poussin Gallery, the 60 year-old's canvases will go on sale alongside new print works and rare prints from his inspiration, the 'father of abstract' Wassily Kandinsky, - at the Brook Gallery.Born in Sidmouth Patrick studied art at Exeter College before crossing the channel in the 1960s, following the golden era of modern art in the USA in the 1950s, characterised by masters such as Jackson Pollack."I always wanted to travel," said Patrick before Saturday's opening of his exhibition. "In a way I wanted to see what it was to work in different cultures. New York has the history of modern art, and the best museums. There were various artists and critics I had to meet, and I would get inspiration from all the art I saw there."The Big Apple was also a fertile land for his other passion, jazz. Working to music, particularly free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler, the artist says music and his creations go hand in hand."My work is celebratory, and there is a tremendous relationship between the way I experience the music and put my colours down, I see a colour when I hear a sound."Art is not just about feeling. I don't suddenly feel an emotion and grab a canvas. It is not like feeling blue, so get to work and the art comes out like that."People ask me how long a piece of art took me, and I say 45 years, it took that amount of experience. "I try to paint every day, it is a job and I practise at it like anyone else. I rehearse ways to say what want to say, it is like practising at playing the saxophone"My work is a desire to communicate. You are trying to say something to people who you have never met before, and you want them to 'get' it. It is about getting the observer to drop their guard and to look and feel it."Patrick, who lives in Exeter and teaches abstract art courses at the Phoenix theatre, has worked from his Lympstone studio for 10 years. A friendship with Brook Gallery owner Angela Yarwood has led to Patrick's new direction, creating etchings for sale in the original print gallery, alongside the rare opportunity to buy Kandinsky prints.The Patrick Jones work will be on display until August 19. The artist will give talks on his adventure into printmaking at the gallery, in Fore Street, on Tuesday, and Thursday, August 1. The Wassily Kandinsky prints will go on display on Saturday.