A traditionally trained wood sculptor who uses these time-honoured skills to create powerful original contemporary sculptures.
After graduating from City & Guilds Art College in London in 1991, Jones spent a year as apprentice to Peter Turing, a wood carver in West Sussex. He has been based in Winchester since 1992 working mainly on private commissions and public exhibitions using his work to challenge people’s perceptions about the natural world around them. Many of his most compelling sculptures are large-scale pieces, such as a pair of 2 ½ ft Wasps (Durrell, Jersey), an 8ft Golden Haired Long Horn Beetle (Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall) and a Butterfly with a 15 ft wingspan ( at present being carved for Oasis Academy, Southampton). Jones draws his inspiration from many sources including the figurative beauty of Grinling Gibbons ,the humour of the medieval misère chords to the otherworldliness of Jeff Koons .
Since 1992 Jones has created a number of sculptures for a diverse range of public clients including the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the White House Private Members’ Club, Twyford Church, South Harting Primary School and King Edward VI School Southampton (coats of arms). Jones’s many unique private commissions include a bronze chameleon, a 7ft dandelion in aluminium resin, silver gilded prawns, an intricate dragon in natural wood and a full size portrait of a man.
From 2003 to 2009, Jones has had solo exhibitions in Winchester and London which featured his collections of work based on Greek myths and insects from his six month tour of Australia with sculptures created out of indigenous wood.