Brian Jones – Keeper of the Faith
“My three main influences are Jeff Nuttall, Jamie Reid and William Burroughs in no particular order. I've worked with two of them and met the other.” (Brian Jones)
Since the turn of the new Millennium, Brian Jones' reputation has been steadily growing as ever-increasing numbers encounter his 'New Pop' art.
“It's very simple; people either like them, or they don't”, he says, “New Pop Art? Maverick Art? Outsider Art? A new Folk Art? I have more in common with painters of barge-ware than I do with most of my contemporaries.”
The subsequent years have seen him show his works in over sixty exhibitions, in addition to producing designs for various clients.
Summer 2005 saw Jones represent Wales in Bulgaria as a visiting artist, where he experienced the dark underbelly of Sofia.
2006: Brian concentrated on new paintings for the ‘rude and ill-bred’ Brighton exhibition (with dr.d), and also showed at a couple of London group exhibitions.
2007: His works travelled Stateside once more as part of the ‘Prints of Wales’ exhibition in Kansas City, and also to Tokyo for ‘Art Machine’. The remainder of the year, was spent working on a new body of paintings.
2008: Brian showed in the first ever Western Pop art show at Singapore's Collector's Contemporary Gallery, has shown a further three times in America, held his highly successful ‘Brighton Rocks’ solo show, at O Contemporary (Brighton), was the featured artist in China's Fantasy Art magazine, and has been invited to contribute to numerous book and magazine projects, including a feature on ‘Welsh Money’ in the first issue of Welsh Art Now.
2009 started with his contribution for Grapheion magazine's Yearbook, followed by a group show at the newly-opened Wilder Gallery, Bristol. He also conducted the ‘All Together Now’ cross-community school project, assisted by a grant from UnLtd. His ‘Where Can I Get This?’ poster featured regularly on UK soap '‘Eastenders’.
2010 was spent working on new paintings, including more of his ‘Great American Flag’ series, in addition to running stencil and screen printing workshops with 400+ children throughout the year. He was also one of the featured artists in ‘Critical Mass: Printmaking Beyond the Edge’ published by A&C Black.
2011 ‘Brokeback Britain’ was banned from an exhibition, the ensuing media interest ensured that the story went viral on the internet.
Over the past few years his works have shown literally alongside those of Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton and Roy Lichtenstein to name but a few. With much more in the pipeline, his upward spiral is set to continue.
Now living in Wales, Brian Jones is one of Britain's most promising ‘New Pop’ artists. He shows both nationally and internationally, with pieces in public collections and works owned by politicians, football managers, film and pop stars, plus other notables in the creative industries.
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