Jon Jones

Born: Birmingham
Lives and works: Birmingham
Education: De Montfort University
Awards: BP Portrait Award (shortlisted, 2006)
“Every painting is a learning process. I learn from my mistakes, and refer to my previous paintings – both good and bad.”

Figurative artist Jon has enjoyed sell-out success in both the UK and Australia. He has been shortlisted for several prestigious awards, including the BP Portrait Award hosted by the National Portrait Gallery in London.


Perplexing, humorous and melancholy, his work is created from the heart. With a background in fine art, sculpture and ceramics, he cites Rembrandt amongst his influences and enjoys scrutinising the technique behind a painting.

For his latest project, he worked with the West Midlands Police Museum to explore the criminal underworld of 19th century Birmingham. His haunting paintings delve into the history of the infamous Peaky Blinders gang, made famous by the successful BBC series of the same name.

Jon says: “I like artists who use thick impasto paint, like Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff and Frank Auerbach. In my mind, this is how oil painting should be: seeing the brushstrokes and understanding how a painting is constructed.”

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Inside the world of Jon Jones

Jon starts his work with just a scribble, preferring to keep his sketch loose and give his energy to the final painting. He uses oil on board, with Indian ink and pencil.

While creating his art, Jon listens to David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys and Nick Cave. He used to work at a special needs school, and the music helps to add some chatter to the relatively solitary environment of an artist’s studio.

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