“My primary work in the studio is drawing and painting. The work is modest in scale, reductive, minimal but always with some evidence of the hand and process. I’ve drawn for years with graphite and mechanical pencils. I paint with gesso and oil on birch panels. Both the drawings and the paintings are based on right proportions, precision and erasure.” (Bronlyn Jones)
Bronlyn Jones works with particularities. Graphite (various gradations), paper (Basingwerk) and frames (designed by her) are the physical materials she uses to make her works. Drafting tools are valued for both what they do right and what ‘happens’. Mistakes, smudges and blemishes are engaged with as much as the minute choices of proportions, weight and presence. What is actively applied may be selectively removed. What is mistakenly added may not be entirely erased. Absence is hinted at and presence is held in check. Active, passive and the meeting of the two are key for Jones, both in the individual works and in daily life.
Bronlyn Jones’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections including; Harvard Museum of Art, Cambridge, MA, RISD Museum, Providence, RI, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, among others. She lives in Mid Coast Maine.