Trained as a painter in the modernist genre, with considerable international success in the 70s and 80s in the
Patricks large, brightly coloured, abstract paintings are organized in a way that often involves the resolving of diametric opposites and, like many of his contemporaries, he finds inspiration in subjects such as modern musical forms like free-form jazz. Approaching the blank canvas, sometimes as its on the floor, circling it, looking to picture ideas, Patrick Jones is no slave to external systems that some artists impose on their art. Rather he looks afresh for ideas - ideas that are pure color and form on the surface with no external relationship. For him it is a visual language from which arise pictorial events to be savored. Though intuitive and of the moment, his painterly decisions are informed by decades of experience.
Now as a printmaker, Patrick has faced new challenges, both of concept and process. Working with a studio of experienced printmakers as technicians has not lessened the challenge but, has enabled him to carry his obsession with colour into the world of print.