Arresting, disturbing, perplexing, humorous and melancholy, his complicated portraits provide inexhaustible viewing, and a sometimes almost too personal view into his world.
Birmingham born, on leaving Moseley School Jon Jones attended Solihull College and Bourneville College of Art where he studied Fine Art, Sculpture and Ceramics. From here it was on to DeMontford University in Leicester, where he studied for a degree in Visual Art/Fine Art.
Returning to his native Birmingham on graduation, Jones opened not one but two studios – one in the then newly opened Custard Factory and another in the somewhat less expected surroundings of the upstairs rooms of The Hare & Hounds, now one of south Birmingham’s more popular nightspots for music and art.
Jon has achieved sell-out exhibitions not just in Birmingham and London but as far flung as Sydney Australia, numerous shortlistings for such coveted awards as the BP National Portrait Awards and the keen interest of collectors and critics around the world.
His latest exhibition provides the viewer with an experience of life amongst the criminal underworld of nineteenth century Birmingham, as re-imagines the infamous Peaky Blinders gang.