Time Lines Paul Jones and Akiko Hirai 28 Feb – 12 April 2015

Time Lines

New work by Paul Jones and Akiko Hirai

Saturday 28 February to Sunday 12 April 2015

If you would like an invitation to the opening please reply to this page or contact Sladers Yard by phone on 01308 459511. Please click on the links above to view the work in the exhibition.

Paul Jones 4 Seacliff Return 76 x 50cmTime Lines brings together two artists who work with texture and tone to create works of imaginative freedom and subtle beauty. This major exhibition of Paul Jones’s latest work brings together the ideas and vision he has built up over the last fifteen years, seeking to explore and re-invent the complexities of coastline, geology and landscape. Fascinated by the edges of land, the moment of transition between earth, air and water and the time that is revealed in the geology of cliffs, Paul Jones’s paintings celebrate the coming together of memory and observation in well-loved places.

Akiko Hirai makes practical ware using the Japanese tradition of allowing the clay to show how it wants to be fired itself. Her work also allows the viewers to find out the language of the objects in their own ways. She focuses on the interaction between objects and viewers. Her unique approach to ceramic work has had much attention and praise and her work is in demand from commissions in England and world-wide.

From the start she has been heralded as a unique talent.  Her intensely handmade, seemingly naive ceramic tableware has the purity of salt.  Deeply textured, glazed in soft white, matt black or natural colours, her forms are those of workware, simple and satisfying.  She chooses very rough dark clay and often glazes it with white, which forms a veil between the rough forms underneath and the smooth calm of the exterior. Links to films about Akiko Hirai are below.

Paul Jones’s technique of burning and stressing his paint creates exceptional textures and brings his understanding of ceramic into the painting process. He puts down layers of colour and then sets light to the acrylic paint. He is then able to control and move it around to achieve the finish he wants. This may be rough and rock-like or, if he allows the paint to blister and burst, it reveals the colours underneath. Once the paint is dry he can cut into it with sandpaper or continue to work up more layers.


‘Paul Jones is at his best as an artist when he looks underneath the surface of place; or down onto it as if in a kind of static flight. Jones will magnify a gleaming micaceous chip into a landscape of its own; or hover alongside a cliff face and find abstract pattern from massive rock formations. This is an art respectful of the geography of remarkable places, often at the edge of cliff and sea, windswept in its mood. Its place is within a British neo-romantic tradition of painting, as its best when it hovers between representation and abstraction.’ Professor Simon Olding, University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Paul Jones Beyond the line_40x40cms

Paul Jones was a scholarship student at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham at a time when Adrian Heath, Robyn Denny and Howard Hodgkin were his tutors. After achieving his NDD he taught Art and Ceramics at Bournville Grammar School and in 1969 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1979 he relocated to Dorset. The move to Dorset provided his first encounter with the chalk downlands and coastline that continue to inspire much of his work.  His first major exhibition was in 1979 since when he has continued to exhibit nationally. His work is held in both private and corporate collections including UNESCO, Longleat House, Dorset County Council, 3Ms and Eldridge Pope. He and his wife Julie have a son Matthew, a daughter Sophie and a grandson. His second book, Overview brings together many of his paintings, drawings and poetry in a comprehensive overview of the last four decades.

To view the paintings in the exhibition please click here: Paul Jones. Please click here to view the ceramics by Akiko Hirai. If you would like more information about Paul Jones or Akiko Hirai please follow links above and contact Sladers Yard on 01308 459511 or email gallery@sladersyard.co.uk.


Here is a short film about Akiko Hirai made by Dan Fontanelli.

The documentary video for the London Korean Cultural Centre Moon Jar exhibition 2013 is available on youtube. It features each of the four artists from the UK who took part. The section about Akiko begins at 14.16.


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