Journey, Shane Jones, 2017, oil on canvas, 61.5 x 92cm. Courtesy: the artist and Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne.
A landscape drenched in the glow of a full moon is a silent and enchanting scene to behold, infused with eeriness and foreboding; an entirely natural yet supernatural mood – that is essentially what Shane Jones captures in his new body of work. Full moons, star-filled skies, white horses and boats sailing towards the horizon are pregnant with symbolism, but rather than feeling cliché here, they add an edge of intrigue to a group of works that are not, in fact, otherwise just pleasant landscapes.
Both Gruner and Tom Roberts are important influences on Jones, whose precise but impressionistic brushwork in oil, painted en plein air and finished from memory in the studio, testify to the manner and process of these 19th century masters.
Exhibition opens: 4–6pm Saturday 1 June 2019