“Historically the themes for art came from mythology and later from the church. The work produced was intended to be both didactic in its portrayal and virtuous in its handling. Marcus Jones carvings subscribe to the long standing concern for integrity of execution and faithfulness in translation of subject to object.
The topics Jones chooses to portray come from the stuff of everyday life: clothing, bedding, food, anatomy. The scale more often than not is modest and always accessible. Italian marble and Indiana limestone have been the favoured material for his carvings. Such stone carries its historic past and in so doing enhances the object.
It is sculpture intended to be lived with. Not given to fashion and in being so is more enduring.
It is art that ages well simply because it speaks to the human condition,” Dennis Gill, Sculptor.
Marcus Jones studied sculpture and received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1992. He then pursued an Independent Study in Marble in Pietra Santa, Italy. Many Nova Scotians are familiar with his sculpture “Reincarnation” (1997) in the lobby of Neptune Theatre. Marcus now lives in Wakefield, Quebec. His commissioned sculpture includes the “Wellington Marbles” for Wellington Street, Ottawa as part of the Ottawa Public Art Program, as well as work for the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, Argyle and Associates, and the Perth Street Rehabilitation Project, Richmond. His sculpture is in private and corporate collections in North America, the Nova Scotia Art Bank and the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.