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Expressionist (Colombia)

Expressionist artist and capoeirista Charley Jones (1977) was born in England and currently lives and works in Colombia. He has a BA of Fine Art (HONS), with a major in Painting.

Jones has a strong sense of social responsibility and a special interest in ancestral heritage: “We are all connected as a people, as beings, whether we like it or not.”

Jones’ subject matter, especially his portraits, is heavily influenced by South America, and these ancestral reflections. For him, art is about one world, understanding the other; learning from and about each other. It is about acceptance, and freedom of identity, capturing this cultural heritage on canvas.

Statement

My work is heavily inspired by the human migration that affects many of us in our society today. Coming from a mixed heritage myself and now with a young son of my own in this same situation, this becomes very personal.

I see art as a reflection of our internal journey but also a way to dream on canvas, showing that in life it is possible to always embrace our own dreams, goals, and fantasies.

Loving the connection with the people around me, you can find me in street markets; exhibiting my paintings, or painting in plain air in my current resident city of Santiago de Cali in Colombia.

Artistic endeavors

Jones is the founder and company director at Cascada Arts, which designs, wholesales, and retails ethical clothing, and textiles accessories from South America.

Charley Jones is also a teacher and facilitator of classes and workshops in the Art-form of Capoeira, the martial dance art from Brazil. He runs weekly after school clubs, workshops and performances.

Bio/CV
2019
  • “Taste of the World” Exhibition, Gallery 44 and Back to the Picture Gallery, San Francisco, CA (G)
  • “Spring Exhibition”, Gallery 44, Bragg Creek (Canada) (G)
  • “Art without Borders”, Gallery 44, Bragg Creek (Canada) (G)
  • Featured artist for Art Ca Art Fair in Santa Marta (Colombia)
  • Solo exhibition at the State Library Hall of Cali, Colombia.
  • Works represented and shown by “Bills and Rye” Gallery, Yorkshire (England)
  • Main Artist in group show at Hotel Intercontinental Cali (Colombia)
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