Themes & Style

More On Themes

Quinton Oliver Jones was not drawn to the popular themes of many artists. He eschewed the typical categories of “realistic landscape,” “still life,” or “portraiture,” for example. 

He was more interested in conveying the emotional impact of his subjects, those  which he himself felt. Notice his use of dead trees versus blooming trees. Dead trees represented a barren end while live trees suggested possibility and life.

This painting shows figures in an abstract landscape with live trees on one side and dead trees on the other.

“Paper Dolls”


On Quinton’s trip to Europe in 1928, he would have seen artists using scraps of paper cut and pasted to the surface of their canvas, what we call “collage.” Likewise, he would paint a newspaper clipping or photo in monotone to make a statement that enhanced the theme of his painting.

A painting showing children in various "photographs" in a montage over a distant landscape

“Nazareth Early One Morning”

Style & Space

Quinton’s work does not fit into any consistent style as we know it. He was totally aware of traditional ways of depicting space, yet he chose whatever techniques he felt best to express the emotions he wished to convey.

When we look at the spatial environments that he painted, we frequently find a horizon line to stabilize the space. The opposite was true, however, when he created flat, abstract compositions. In these pieces, he felt confident distorting traditional spatial relationships to achieve the desired effect.t

QOJ oil painting done in a Cubist style titled "Daughter of Eve"

“Daughter of Eve”

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