32 Hyper-realism Watercolor Paintings by American Artist Rance Jones


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Rance Jones

To what extent does the surrounding environment shape the appearance, culture and values of the person or people within it? Or is human activity changing its environment to the point that it becomes an extension of the demands of the people who live there? Is human presence altering its environment or is the environment shaping the physical and cultural qualities of its inhabitants?

Andrew Wyeth expressed that in his portraits, the landscape surrounding the subject was as much the portrait as the persons face. Having lived in communities ranging from a tiny Texas town with a population of less than 400 to many years in New York City, I found that each of these settings had a dramatically different impact on my physical and emotional state, my sense of self worth and my connection to the people around me.

Urban neighborhoods, rural townships, cities advanced with technology, villages where technology is lacking, what is the visual narrative of the relationship of the figure and the environment?

Traditionally in representational art, the human figure is often the focal point of a composition, the background or surrounding elements defer in a sort of supporting role that’s meant to elevate the figures presence. Typically, the objects that hold the most importance in a painting are brought forward in the composition by softening the surrounding areas either texturally or tonally.

However, in my paintings, I want the viewer to sense a degree of competition between foreground and background, between the figure and the environment. By allowing this tension to exist in the painting, the viewer is invited to consider the impact of the relationship between the two. Painting in a very detailed, photo-realistic style heightens the sense of visual and emotional tension.

More about artist Rance Jones

The international award-winning watercolor paintings by Rance Jones broaden the boundaries of watercolor technique. Each watercolor is a masterful example of how the artist portrays the world that he explores through art. His realistic style is both refreshing and relatable. His sensitivity to expression, subtle body language and setting give the subjects of his watercolors a life-like beauty that has great emotion, elegance and impact.

Many of the stories told through a Rance Jones watercolor are simple, stolen moments: the graceful glance of a girl behind a gelato counter in Sirmione, Italy, an impromptu still life of fresh fruit and sweet syrup ablaze in the sun of San Miguel, Mexico, a bowl of fish soup in a Hungarian café dyed fire-red by paprika.

Photo Realistic in style, Rance Jones watercolors are heirs to a movement begun in the 1960’s by artists like Chuck Close, Charles Bell and Richard Estes. An approach in art that tends to draw the viewer in by giving subjects commonly associated with emotional distance or indifference, a visceral and dramatic presence. Rance Jones builds on that concept by demanding his watercolors represent much more than a copy of a photograph.

Drawing inspiration from the mastery of such painters as Degas, Whistler, Eakins, Homer, Monet and Andrew Wyeth, Rance Jones watercolors exhibit vibrant color, rhythm and movement. Look how meticulous strokes of color lay next to and over one another forming textures and multitudes of tones. Thin washes of pigment blend smoothly across a sky or delicately bring out fine wrinkles in a facial expression.

source: https://www.worrellgallery.com/artists/rance-jones/



Sul Ross State University
University of North Texas; BFA
School of Visual Arts, NYC; MFA

Group Exhibitions and Awards

The American Artist Professional League, New York/ Best of Show
Southwestern Watercolor Society, Dallas
Art of the Heartland/ American Art Collector Award of Excellence
California Watercolor Society, San Francisco

ARC Salon Competition, New York/ Finalist
The Hunting Art Prize Exhibition, Houston / Finalist
Southwestern Watercolor Society, Dallas/ Dalton Award
We Tell Stories Exhibition, New York

Watermedia Showcase/ Honorable Mention
Southwestern Watercolor Society/ First Place

Society of Watercolor Artist, Fort Worth / Second Place
The Hunting Art Prize Exhibition, Houston / Finalist

Watermedia Showcase/ 4th place
Southwestern Watercolor Society
National Watercolor Society/ Winsor-Newton Award
Society of Watercolor Artists/ Best of Show
Kathryn Heard-Craig Exhibition/ Mastery of Medium Award

Southwestern Watercolor Society/ Noted Artist Award
Richardson Civic Art Society/ Compass Bank Award

Foster Goldstrom Gallery. NY

Dallas Society of Illustrators/ Silver Medal

Solo Exhibitions

Gallery @ 1300, Dallas TX
Worrell Gallery, Santa Fe NM
Park Family Art Center, Dallas
Worrell Gallery, Santa Fe NM
Gallery @ 1300, Dallas TX

Park Family Art Center, Dallas TX, March 2-31
Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, Kerrville TX Dec 13- Jan 6, 2013
Exploration & Observation/ Park Family Arts Center, Dallas TX

Publications and Articles

Watercolor Artist, June 2015
American Artist, April 2015
Western Art Collector, June 2014
Western Art Collector, April 2014
Southwest Art, March 2014
Southwest Art, January 2013
Watercolor Artist, February 2013
Southwest Art, April 2012
Watercolor Artist, February 2012
American Artist, Watercolor, Fall 2011

Artist Rance Jones Website