Tim Jones is clearly influenced by the impressionist tradition, attempting to capture a fleeting moment expressed through a shifting light. Although he paints city scenery, what he truly captures is the captivating play of light, broken and refracted reflections depicting people going on with their everyday lives. It seems that rather than painting the object itself directly, Tim Jones prefers to capture the overlapping patterns if it is reflections, a ghost image of sorts.
Even though the motifs often portray scenes from a busy city life, one can find an underlying impression of solitude and loneliness in Tim Jones’ paintings. There is often a solitary, seemingly lost figure in the crowd, or a row of unoccupied chairs and empty wine glasses insinuating that something is missing, creating a tension between an ingrained image of a rushed city life and the occasional loneliness it inevitably brings.
“I have been living in Copenhagen for 6 years, watching and painting modern, everyday life and architecture. I have looked in details at the reflections found in the buildings and facades in the city center. The glass refracts light like a prism, and splits it into many abstract colours and forms. People can be seen going about their business, either in crowds, couples or on their own, content with modern technology to keep them company, such as a mobile phone or a computer. Amidst a crowd there is always the lonely figure. And I often include an empty wine glass.”