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Art in the Mansion ~ Steven Hopkin-Jones and Sallie Wakley

June 22, 2018 - June 28, 2018

‘Works by Steven Hopkin-Jones’ is a new one-week exhibition at Aberglasney in 2018, which will include pieces from Steven’s various photographic projects. Steven will be joined by Carmarthenshire based animal sculptor Sallie Wakley (www.salliewakley.co.uk)

Steven Hopkin-Jones’ statement
My love for photography began at the age of 11 when I borrowed my father’s camera, a Russian Leica copy.

The need to record family life and an A level in the subject, prompted a return to further study and I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Photographic Art from the University of Wales, Newport. Alongside my studies, I worked as a freelance photographer. After graduation, my art was exhibited widely. I have recently started showcasing new work in addition to my existing exhibition.

Example project ~ ‘Afterbloom’
Images of decay are seldom associated with beauty. The thought of dying flowers conjures up many negative ideas. Steven Hopkin-Jones’ work inverts these common assumptions.

His floral portraits display the power to confound our expectations presenting us with images of beauty hidden within ruin.

Here, domestic blooms take on unrecognisable forms in death, tulips twist around themselves – similar in life, they now each take on a unique identity, abstract forms emerging as they wither.

We bring flowers into our homes, only to discard them once they have lost their bloom. They are no longer of use to us, we think. It is at this moment, the photographer finds them at their most appealing. He has said of his subjects: “They’ve still got character, perhaps more. They’re almost striving to remain beautiful.”

These photographs may help to unlock our appreciation of that character when we next encounter it in the everyday.

Mark Jones – Art Historian and Journalist

Example project ~ ‘Flux’
These photographs represent a body of work that focuses on the less familiar effects of colour and movement in conjunction with one another.

Strict compositional concerns also take a back seat to spontaneity in an attempt to see beyond the more traditional parameters of landscape art. Yet the images still work within a recognisable artistic tradition.

With the improvisational freedom of a sketch, yet retaining the formal grace of a painting, the images conjure up a distinct sense of place; that liminal space where land, sea and sky join, blurring boundaries.

While additionally flirting with abstraction, the works concentrate on the interplay of elements, aiming to ultimately create a memorable synthesis of movement, light and space

Mark Jones – Art Historian and Journalist

Find out more about Steven at www.stevenhopkinjones.com


June 22, 2018
June 28, 2018
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Steven Hopkin-Jones
Sallie Wakley