Friday, October 16, 2009

Jim Jones Documentary and New Paintings Premiered at SUU

Oil painting of Zion National Park by Jim Jones donated to Southern Utah UniversityI was fortunate to attend the opening of the new Jim Jones exhibit last weekend at Southern Utah University. The show included a number of new large landscape paintings of Zion National Park and The Grand Canyon. Wow, what a spectacular presentation from a fantastic artist. I loved the quote by a young girl who commented "I like your paintings because I can see so far." That pretty much sums up the vistas that Jimmie Jones portrays in his enourmous oil paintings. Prior to the show we attended the premiere showing of a new documentary film about Jones' life and work. Jones recently donated his estate home on the cliffs above Rockville, along with a suite of 14 new paintings to Southern Utah University. The university also unveiled plans for the new Southern Utah Museum of Art to be built on the campus.
Jim Jones painting of Grand Canyon on exhibit at SUU
Above: One of Jones' big landscapes of the Grand Canyon

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:09 PM

    I just received 2 of Jim's early paintings at a yard sale for $1 each in Florida.Just had to find out who he is.One is Utah a Barn and one a Texas scene.Beautiful paintings I see.Mine were done in the '60's.