This fall, we feature a selection of new and older paintings and drawings by Seattle artist Robert C. Jones (b. 1930). This remarkable painter and retired UW professor is into his eighties and continues his daily studio practice in West Seattle, where he lives and works with his wife and fellow artist Fay Jones.
With a career spanning over 50 years, Robert C. Jones has exhibited extensively in the northwest, most notably including Cornish College of the Arts, Tacoma Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Museum of Northwest Art, and Hallie Ford Museum of Art. In 1990, he was awarded a fellowship from Western States Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2004, he received a
Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Artists. From 1969 through their close in 2013, Robert was represented and exhibited regularly in Seattle with Francine Seders Gallery. Robert C. Jones was born in 1930 in West Hartford, CT. He attended Kenyon College in Gambier, OH, followed by Rhode Island School of Design where he received a BFA (1953), and an MS (1959). Jones’ time at RISD spanned on and off from 1950-60 as an undergraduate and graduate student, and then later as an instructor. In the summer of 1952, he studied under the German abstract expressionist painter, Hans Hoffman. It was at this point in his career when his focus shifted from realism to abstraction.
After receiving his BFA from RISD, Jones served in the army from 1953-56. Returning to Providence RI, Jones finished up his graduate work, married fellow artist, Fay Jones, and started a family. In 1960, Robert was offered a teaching position at the University of Washington School of Art, where he continued to work until he retired in 1995. Robert and Fay Jones now have 4 adult children, and several grandchildren. Since
retiring from UW, they have spent extended periods of time living and working in Guanajuato, Mexico and Tieton, WA.
An excerpt taken from a catalog for his 2003 exhibition at the Hallie Ford Museum:
“Society pressures artists to camouflage the good time they are having. I come to my studio to paint for the sheer fun of it, for the sheer pleasure of trying to come up with something I’ve never seen before. And if I screw up, I don’t screw up the universe or anyone else’s life. There’s a possibility for freedom in art that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world, and I love it”
- Robert C. Jones