oil on board
15” x 18”
signed lower right
Myrtle Jones (1913-2007)
Born/lived: born in Winder, Forsyth County, Georgia and lived in Savannah, GA.
Known: to paint children, portraits, floral still lifes, landscapes, local street scenes and architecture of Savannah. Her work was unique in its balance of realism and modernism. She claimed her “dark and bold period’ was in the 1950’s and early 1960’s when she used strong colors and brushstrokes. Later she began to paint in light colors to create a “faded” look.
Studied: Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences with Emil Holzhauer. She then studied with Reuben Gambrell (from University of GA), Ferdinand Warren (from Agnes Scott College), Bill Hendrix (of St. Simon’s Island) and Leonard Delonga (also of University of GA).
Member: the Savannah Art Club
Exhibited: “Exposed! Telfair Women Artists and Patrons”, Telfair Academy of Art, March 12-April 21, 1996.
“Women Artists in Savannah”, Telfair Academy of Art, March 13, 2015
“Looking Back: Art in Savannah 1900-1960”, Telfair Academy of Art, July 16-September 15, 1996.
The Savannah Art Club and the Association of Georgia Artists.
Her painting, “Rooftops” won first prize in an exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
Taught: By 1959 she was teaching.
Work: Jones posthumously donated some of her paintings to the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences along with a one million dollar endowment.
She became acquainted with local painters Rebekah Sauders and Leonora Quaterman and Hattie Saussy. She and Saussy became lifelong friends often painting together in and around Savannah.
|Artist First Name||Myrtle|
|Artist Last Name||Jones|
|Materials||oil on board|
|Markings||signed lower right|
|Size||15” x 18”|