Born in 1937 at Southampton, studied painting and lithography from 1955 to 1961 at Horsney College of Art in London, where the teaching method was based largely on Klee's "Pedagogical Sketchbook". During this period he travelled to Provence and to Paris, where he was highly impressed by the work of Delaunay. In 1959 he visited the Musèe Fernand Lèger in Biot. In 1960 he was expelled from the Royal College of Art, where he had studied with R. B. Kitaj, Peter Phillips, David Hockney and Derek Boshier. Between 1961 and 1963 he taught lithography at Croydon College of Art. His work in the early sixties was influenced by psychology and by his reading of Nietzsche, Freud and Jung. In 1963 he received the Prix des Jeunes Artistes at the Paris Biennale. In 1964 he moved to New York and travelled throughout the USA. In New York Hockney drew his attention to the world of mass-produced consumer goods imagery.
He worked on a three-dimensional illusionism with obvious erotic components. In 1969 he made the sculptures Table Sculpture and Hat Stand. From 1968 to 1970 he was Guest Lecturer at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg. In 1969 he was Visiting Professor at the University of South Florida, Tampa. In 1973 he was Guest Lecturer at the University of Los Angeles, Irvine. He visited Japan in 1974. He toured Canada in 1975. In 1976 he designed Barbet Schroeder's film Maitresse. In 1977 he was Guest Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, and in the summer of the same year, Visiting Director of Studies in painting and drawing at the Banff Center School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. He designed a hoarding in 1978 for the hosiery factory Fogal at Basle station. He had a large retrospective exhibition in 1979 at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, also shown at the Serpentine Gallery, London, at Sunderland, Baden-Baden and Bielefeld. From 1982 to 1983 he was Guest Professor at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin. In 1986 he was made R.A.
An introduction by Alan Browness precedes a monograph on Jones's work written by Marco Livingstone, Keeper of Modern Painting at Walking Art Gallery in Liverpool, England. The text runs throughout pages filled with 110 full color illustrations, designed by Bea Feitler, a major New York book designer.
Special sections listing works by Jones in private collections, a biography of the artist, a chronological index of works to supplement substantial caption information and lists of one-man exhibitions are included in the back matter of the book.
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