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Artist John Jones Studio Reflect


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Biography


About me and my art is not your usual.
I was born in Texas and began drawing and painting around 6 years old and then in my late teens and early twenties I did a lot of Airbrush work on vehicles. I gravitated from here down the wrong path which saw me with a long prison stretch for armed robbery-money stashes of drug dealers. Prison was where I first attempted Fine Art by copying an old masterwork, Judith with the head of Holofernes which is in my Eclectic mix of Works. The Dutch Masters and Chiaroscuro style from the 15th and 16th centuries are an inspiration and fascination for me. Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals being my favorites.
I painted extensively in prison; most works being paid portrait commissions from the prison guards. I painted everything because art was a form of escapism in there. I was unit artist on Darrington, Pack, Beto and Hughes units and won a few prison art shows. I wish I had a Portfolio from that time, but prison does not allow for that. The very few paintings I have from then are in my Eclectic mix of Works.
Now, nearly a decade after my release I am in a position to paint full time again. My interest in Birds started in prison. I had pet sparrows, fed the birds out on the rec yard, and watched the birds endlessly from the small window in my cell. Birds represented freedom in many forms. Putting them onto the canvas is pure enjoyment and creates within me a freeing uplifting feeling. I gain a vast amount of pleasure from birds of all kinds. Even the metal ones.
I did a bunch of Aviation paintings in prison and plan to do a collection in the near future. My dad was a Voodoo pilot [...]

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