Gavin Jones

Painting problems are an integral part of painting, they inform and motivate much of what I do as a painter. These problems with painting both as a practice and an object relate mainly to structure and structuring. My thinking around painting centres mostly on its facture and how paintings can be made.

With painting, I try to resolve these problems pragmatically no matter how obfuscated the signs of work may be. If I am unable to resolve a problem, for instance a material transgression, I may choose to capitalise on it depending on how it affects the painted image. What has emerged by working this way is a narrative around painting as a process.

My use of printing techniques in combination with painting allows me as a painter to distance myself from the western tradition of painting whilst initiating and maintaining a personal dialogue with painting's heritage.

This type of methodology allows me to work directly out of my own experience. As part of this practice I employ the use of imprints or rubbings so that I can sample aspects of the painting as it occurs, repurposing them in other works. It is through repetition that I assign the memory of these incidents to technical procedures which in turn give shape to the paintings pictorial form. I have come to refer to this process as acquired knowledge.

Artist Details

Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand


Solo Exhibitions


Paintings, Lot23, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland


About Stuff, Edmiston Duke Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland


HTTC, PPg Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland


The Bridge, Artemis Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Group Exhibitions


Shown in Bergman Gallery presentation, Aotearoa Art Fair, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland


First Five, Northart, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland


Drawing '05, Northart, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland


Drawing '04, Northart, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland