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New Exhibit Opening for Tulip Time

New Exhibit Opening for Tulip Time

New Exhibit Opening for Tulip Time

April 19, 2023 Cultivating the Dutch Tradition in the 21st Century, Jane Jones’ Hyperrealist Floral Paintings opens at the Holland Museum on May 5th. Sponsored by Jim and Donna Brooks.

  • Cultivating Dutch Tradition in the 21st Century: Jane Jones Hyperrealist Floral Paintings 

May 5 through July 3 featuring 25 contemporary original oil paintings. Jane Jones is an American artist who works in the context of 17th century Dutch still-life. Her contemporary perspective on floral still life successfully combines the history and tradition of 17th Century Dutch Still Life painting with modern objectivity. While Jones has been a life-long student of 17th-century Dutch floral painting, she takes a contemporary stylistic approach to her own work, producing compositions which are spare and elegant. They also take cues from science.  Having earned degrees in biology as well as art history, the artist says, “The most important things I took away from my science education were a deep respect for living systems and ecology, their inherent homeostasis, and the importance of precision when observing nature.”  Jane Jones also possesses a deep and un-abiding concern, an ethic if you will, about the disruption of the balance of nature that is caused by climate change. 

Peter Trippi, Editor-in-Chief, Fine Art Connoisseur, New York explains it this way: “Jones has an admirable gift for banishing extraneous details in order to focus on the elegance of flowers, juxtaposing their organic forms with the geometric rigidity of their vases, and the stones she sometimes includes, and even of the square or rectangular canvas itself. Her still life paintings highlight what Jones calls the ‘everyday triumphs of nature’ and the ‘power, beauty, and fragility of life,’ none of which should ever be taken for granted.”

Jane Jones is a Denver native and continues to live near there at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, where the light that she loves is bright and clear, and the seasons, which influence her work, are definite in their character and moods. Of her science education she says it enabled her to look “into the lives of cells, plants, animals and ecosystems gave me a glimpse into the awesome power of living things and an incredible respect for them.”  Her hyper-realistic style includes many layers of glazing to create the colors that best represent the glorious expression of color in sunlit flowers.  Symbols are used to communicate her love of nature, and the threats that nature faces, while presenting their need to be protected and nurtured. 

Executive Director, Ricki Levine said, “We feel so fortunate to have this stunning exhibition at the Museum just in time for Tulip Time. It will also open the opportunity for visitors to explore the Museum’s Dutch art collection through the lens of history, tradition and symbols of 17th Century Dutch still life painting.”

Jones exhibits her work in museums and galleries across the United States.  Her paintings have won numerous national awards including the Award of Excellence in Blossom ~ Art of Flowers which premiered at the Naples Museum of Art and was toured nationally by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.; and the Floral Award in the Annual Exhibition of the International Guild of Realism in 2013 and 2018.  She is the author of Classic Still Life Painting and is represented by galleries in Denver, New York, Santa Fe, and Scottsdale.

Check out the website for days/hours including additional hours during the Tulip Time Festival.

About the Holland Museum: The Holland Museum’s mission is Preserving Our Past, Imagining Our Future. The Holland Museum is located at the corner of 10th Street and River Avenue, across from Centennial Park at 31 West 10th Street. For more information, please call (616) 796-3329.

CULTIVATING THE DUTCH TRADITION IN THE 21st CENTURY, Jane Jones' Floral Paintings is sponsored by Culture Trove - A Traveling Exhibitions Database for Museum Professionals based on Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Curator of the exhibition is David J. Wagner, who earned his Ph.D. in American Studies and served as a museum director for 20 years.  He also serves as President of David J. Wagner, L.L.C., a Wisconsin-based company that produces and manages traveling museum exhibitions.

For further information, contact:

David J. Wagner, Ph.D.

Curator/Tour Director

Jane Jones' Hyperrealist Floral Paintings

David J. Wagner, L.L.C., Tour Office

Office Phone: (414) 221-6878



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