I paint images from films and documentary photographs. The films I choose have social and/or political comment in them. The images I use are very often just a few seconds in the film, a fleeting moment. With a painting I am able to stop that moment to give the viewer an opportunity to contemplate the frozen image. If the viewers have seen the film and recognise it from the painting, hopefully the memory of it will come back, allowing them to remember the meaning and narrative in the film, and also see new meanings that are emphasised by the paintings. Although my paintings are specific to their source, they are also universal in their meaning, so if the viewer hasn't seen the films, they can hopefully still engage with them. I hope that this accessibility is enhanced by the expressive possibilities of painting.
Modern media, including film, television, magazines, newspapers, and my own photographs. Exploring politics and emotions.
I graduated from Art College with a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art in 1980. I then worked as a Community Artist for three years. After that I began to develop my studio work, and taught drawing and painting in Further Education College part-time. I built up a body of work and did my MA in Fine Art at the University of Central England, Birmingham, and graduated in 1995. I have exhibited my work nationally, and in Dublin Ireland. I received an Artist Bursary from West Midlands Arts in 1997, which enabled me to give up my part-time teaching for a few months to concentrate on my own work. During this period I was contacted by Wolverhampton Grammar School to become their Artist in Residence on a part-time basis, I left there in 2010. I have had two major solo exhibitions, one at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in 2000, and the other at the Lighthouse Gallery, Wolverhampton in 2002. I am working on a new series of paintings, and looking for new exhibiting opportunities.
CV & Education
Solo exhibitions 2013 - depiction. Viner gallery wolverhampton grammar school, Wolverhampton. 2007 - beyond the surface, Viner gallery wolverhampton grammar school, Wolverhampton 2005 - Second take, Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton 2002 - Images from Images, Light House Gallery, Wolverhampton 2000 - Derek Jones, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton 1995 - Paintings by Derek Jones, The Gallery, Madeley Court School 1995 - The Circus, Gateway Galleries, Shrewsbury 1992 - Partners, Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton Group exhibitions 2011 - arts sharp edge, The Lloyd Gill gallery, Weston - Super - Mare 2009 - moment, viner gallery wolverhampton grammar school, Wolverhampton 2007 - twelve four by three, eagle works gallery, wolverhampton 2006 - summer event exhibiton 2006, oisin gallery, Dublin 2002 - Eagle Works Annual Group Show, , eagle works gallery, Wolverhampton 1996 - Eagle Works Annual Group Show, Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton 1995 - Eagle Works Artists, West Midlands Arts, Birmingham 1995 - Working Big, English Bridge, Shrewsbury 1992 - West Midlands Artist Alliance Show, Wednesbury Art Gallery 1992 - Wolverhampton Artist Group, Bilston Art Gallery 1991 - Eastthorpe/Eagle Works Exchange, Eastthorpe Gallery, West Yorkshire 1991 - West Midland Artist Alliance Show, Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton 1990 - Mid Arts, Dudley Art Gallery 1990 - West Midland Artist Alliance Show, Birmingham University 1989 - Eagle Works Annual Group Show, Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton Competitions, prizes and awards 2010 - West Midlands Open 2010 , Gas Hall Birmingham museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham 2008 - open 08 west midlands, wolverhampton art gallery, Wolverhampton