The Art League Presents Guy Jones Drawing Energy: The Logic of Madness

By Editorial Team on July 9, 2018
Passageway​,​ pen and ink on gesso board and deer jaw bones, 8​”​ x 9″. Courtesy of The Art League.
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Opening Reception & Meet the Artist: Thursday, July 12 from 6:30pm to 8pm
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​Special Program – Drawn in: Taking a Closer Look at the Solo Exhibit, Thursday, July 26. FREE. RSVP here.​

Guy Jones uses his Cherokee teachings to evoke the energy and spirit of living things in his pen and ink drawings. He draws directly onto the surface of animal skulls and bones, tree fungus, turtle shells, and gourds, experiencing a deep spiritual kinship with the natural objects that serve as his canvases.​ ​Jones​’​ Drawing Energy: The Logic of Madness​ ​will be on view at The Art League gallery, July 5-August 5, 2018.

Using micron pen and scratchboard techniques, Jones creates artworks that are mischievous, whimsical, and a bit eerie.​ ​”Some people see something dead when they see a skull, but I see something living,” Jones remarked. “Everything has energy.”

As an avid naturalist who grew up exploring the woods of Maryland, Jones is a friend to all of the Earth’s creations, from shy shadow dwellers to delicate fluttering creatures. His work favors ethereal winged specimens such as moths, owls, and crows, as well as mythical beasts such as mermaids and unicorns.​ ​Throughout his artwork, Jones employs many of the philosophies and beliefs of the Cherokee Indian nation, thanks to his personal Cherokee lineage and the many years he studied with a Cherokee shaman.

Passageway​ (above)​ is one of Jones’s most enigmatic creations. Two symmetrical deer jaw bones frame a diamond shaped masonite panel, unto which an inquisitive human face has been drawn. The face peers out from behind two calla lilies and a lissome frog, both drawn onto the deer jaw bones. The symbolism of the frog and calla lilies, coupled with the womb-like shape of Passageway, speaks to fertility and birth.

​J​ones hopes ​that ​viewers will feel as if they’ve stepped into a healing space, one free of judgements, where they are encouraged to embrace the playful side of life and just be. “Being happy with just being is the key. And, making artwork is a part of being.”

The Art League is located at 105 North Union St., Studio 21, Alexandria, VA. For more information visit www.theartleague.org or call 703-683-1780.