Artspace Talks: Ros Jones

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Area: Mackay Region
Published: Thursday, April 2, 2020 - Current Project


Join the conversation, ask Ros your questions and even share photos of your own personal art collection!

Our Q&A is open from April 2 to 14, 2020.


Tracey Heathwood chats to Ros Jones about her art collection at Artspace Mackay.

Due to the temporary closure of Artspace Mackay we are excited to bring Artspace Talks to your home, including this event exploring Artspace Mackay's exhibition Art of Collection: Ros Jones. Offering a closer look at the way an art collection can reflect the deeply personal interests, experiences and passions of the individual that drives it. Local art collector Ros Jones’ made her first serious art purchase in her early 20s. Today her home is adorned with artwork that has taken decades to amass. Described by Jones as “the fabric of her life,” this exhibition includes a selection of paintings, works on paper and ceramics from Jones’ personal art collection. Together these works reveal a little of what it means to be madly, passionately, enamoured with the art of collecting.

ART OF COLLECTION: ROS JONES

An art collection is not merely a group of sentimental, unrelated, objects. It is curated, and together each individual piece forms a greater narrative. It will often reveal the collector’s taste, interest in a specific style of art, or period of art production.

For local collector Ros Jones her lifelong love of collecting art began in her early 20s with the purchase of a small etching, remembered fondly as a significant financial investment at the time. Today her collection comprises of hundreds of beloved artworks that fill every inch of wall space in her home.

Jones is an avid traveller, a lover of the visual arts and artist herself. She is drawn to figurative, narrative and landscape themes, linked by the underlying ethos of lived experience that drives her collecting process. Jones describes her collection as ‘the fabric of her life’ as each artwork has been acquired for its visual appeal, as well as unique memory of a person or place.

Jones’s collection has grown through her extensive travels overseas and in Australia. The works displayed take you around the world; brightly coloured figurative paintings from Guatemala; a collage depicting the colourful San Telmo streets in Buenos Aires, Argentina; a family group painted by Greek artist Rouli Boua in a naive style; tiny collaged portrait tiles collected in Morocco; a two metre high collaborative landscape by the Joshua sisters of Roper River Region, Northern Territory; an illustration drawn in south-east Queensland by her young grandson. For Jones there is no hierarchy to her collected works. Each piece is unique and tells an important story.

Jones herself was a potter and so another central thread is work by potters and artists working in other mediums who were her contemporaries and friends. Work by master potter Gwyn Hanssen Pigott serve as both admired and functional pieces in Jones’s everyday life. The ceramic on display is one such piece.

A collection such as Jones’s unites a variety of mediums and genres, revealing the personal tastes and passions of the woman who has driven it. It reveals the story of her own experience of places and people, and a lifelong dedication to the arts.



Area: Mackay Region
Published: Thursday, April 2, 2020 - Current Project


Join the conversation, ask Ros your questions and even share photos of your own personal art collection!

Our Q&A is open from April 2 to 14, 2020.


Tracey Heathwood chats to Ros Jones about her art collection at Artspace Mackay.

Due to the temporary closure of Artspace Mackay we are excited to bring Artspace Talks to your home, including this event exploring Artspace Mackay's exhibition Art of Collection: Ros Jones. Offering a closer look at the way an art collection can reflect the deeply personal interests, experiences and passions of the individual that drives it. Local art collector Ros Jones’ made her first serious art purchase in her early 20s. Today her home is adorned with artwork that has taken decades to amass. Described by Jones as “the fabric of her life,” this exhibition includes a selection of paintings, works on paper and ceramics from Jones’ personal art collection. Together these works reveal a little of what it means to be madly, passionately, enamoured with the art of collecting.

ART OF COLLECTION: ROS JONES

An art collection is not merely a group of sentimental, unrelated, objects. It is curated, and together each individual piece forms a greater narrative. It will often reveal the collector’s taste, interest in a specific style of art, or period of art production.

For local collector Ros Jones her lifelong love of collecting art began in her early 20s with the purchase of a small etching, remembered fondly as a significant financial investment at the time. Today her collection comprises of hundreds of beloved artworks that fill every inch of wall space in her home.

Jones is an avid traveller, a lover of the visual arts and artist herself. She is drawn to figurative, narrative and landscape themes, linked by the underlying ethos of lived experience that drives her collecting process. Jones describes her collection as ‘the fabric of her life’ as each artwork has been acquired for its visual appeal, as well as unique memory of a person or place.

Jones’s collection has grown through her extensive travels overseas and in Australia. The works displayed take you around the world; brightly coloured figurative paintings from Guatemala; a collage depicting the colourful San Telmo streets in Buenos Aires, Argentina; a family group painted by Greek artist Rouli Boua in a naive style; tiny collaged portrait tiles collected in Morocco; a two metre high collaborative landscape by the Joshua sisters of Roper River Region, Northern Territory; an illustration drawn in south-east Queensland by her young grandson. For Jones there is no hierarchy to her collected works. Each piece is unique and tells an important story.

Jones herself was a potter and so another central thread is work by potters and artists working in other mediums who were her contemporaries and friends. Work by master potter Gwyn Hanssen Pigott serve as both admired and functional pieces in Jones’s everyday life. The ceramic on display is one such piece.

A collection such as Jones’s unites a variety of mediums and genres, revealing the personal tastes and passions of the woman who has driven it. It reveals the story of her own experience of places and people, and a lifelong dedication to the arts.



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    Hi Ros, Do you consider your collection complete yet, or will you still keep collecting?

    Margaret Burgess asked 3 months ago

    Hi Margaret... don’t be ridiculous, of course I’m going to keep collecting until the day I die.  Maybe I’ll have to extend the house or consider covering the ceiling!