An Exhibition of Original Linocut Prints by Micheal W. Jones
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday March 6, 6-9 pm
Micheal Jones explains his choice of artistic medium as follows: “What can be more basic than the linocut? Ideas, sketches, patterns are all reduced to their most elemental form, juxtaposing black and white. Either it is, or it isn’t. It’s that simple. Or is it?” He goes on to answer his own question, “Linoleum cutting is a terminal process. Irreversible decisions are made. My personality wants me to complete a black quickly, but once a piece is removed, there is no going back. The fell of the sharp blade incising long ribbons of soft linoleum is almost an erotic experience, as it follows the lines like a skater on Olympic ice, yet I must proceed cautiously.
During the process, the block is constantly checked by laying paper over it rubbing with a graphite stick. Many preliminary rubbings are made before the block is deemed fit to print. I print slowly and painstakingly, hand burnishing the paper with a wooden spoon. The process is primitive. It is primeval. And a print is made.”
Micheal W. Jones, a resident of Broken Arrow, has been an artist from the age of 12. He has studied, practiced, painted and created relentlessly since the moment he decided to follow that life. To quote an old high-school classmate, “I always remember that you were the guy who spent all your extra time in the library studying the Renaissance, while the rest of us were doing regular things.” That sums Micheal’s life in a nutshell.
By the age of 16, Micheal had sold his first work in regional museums and galleries, and within a few years, was hanging one man shows in every available venue, from banks, museums and community buildings. He has built an ever-growing base of patrons throughout Oklahoma. He earned his Masters’ Degree in Art, and later studied with notable figures of contemporary watercolor, such as Robert E. Wood. He has exhibited in well-known juried national shows from Los Angeles to New York, and has a set of his mezzotints in the State Museum of Yekaterinberg, Russia. He serves as a professor of studio art at Rogers State University and continues to produce his best work in his studio in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where he lives with his wife of 43 years.
The exhibition runs through Saturday, March 28
Made possible in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition www.ovac-ok.org www.ovacgrants.org