Ross Jones

Line Honours

Oil on Fine Portrait Linen

950 x 1800 mm


About this artwork

“Nothing is more peaceful and graceful than a pond yacht gliding its way through still waters. Pond Yacht racing reached a peak of activity in the 1930s, with many models built at home by craftspeople turning their hobby into an art form. The popularity of pond yacht racing has left us a rich legacy of finely crafted yachts. These hand-built boats range from the simple folk art style to the stunning ‘Marblehead’, ‘50/800’, or ‘M’ class. With 800 square inches of sail, the ‘Marblehead’ class of pond yachts were stunning. The competition models were very sophisticated, with exquisitely crafted ‘plank on frame’ construction and vane steering. It was a relaxing and relatively inexpensive hobby, and the boats could be built and sailed by everyone.”

– Ross Jones

Artist bio

Ross Jones is a contemporary painter creating works that evoke a heady sense of nostalgia and elevated playfulness.

Working from his studio overlooking the Hauraki Gulf north of Auckland, Jones’ fusion of playful realism incorporates elements of the surreal. Each meticulously devised painting offers hints at various narratives as the artist invites the viewer to engage with his role as storyteller.

I love the phrase “Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story,” so as you view my paintings, don’t let your imagination stop you from seeing the bigger picture. How far the journey takes you is entirely up to you.” – Ross Jones

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