“I create abstract pieces which embody my passion for diverse colors, patterns, textures and subtle narratives.”
With paper and pencil, Joseph Jones transcended early limitations of poverty. Beginning in childhood, he created drawings and paintings. Abstract expressionist artists such as Hans Hofmann, Wassily Kandinsky, Robert Motherwell and Helen Frankenthaler deeply inspire him. Complex West African patterns, shapes and lines also intrigue him, fueling the work.
His paintings start with simple compositions in his sketchbook, sometimes incorporating meaningful words relating to the piece. After an artistic concept is finalized, sketches are transferred onto canvas, with several layers of primary colors added; allowing ample time for drying between each application. Finally, acrylic paint is applied to the surface until it is completed. In some instances, dye cut metal, cotton swabs or burlap are rubbed across the paint for further texture.
Joseph Jones received an M.F.A. in Visual Communication from The George Washington University and B.F.A. in graphic design from Savannah College of Art and Design. His work is enriched by teaching at the Art Institute of Washington and collaborative workshops, most recently during Artomatic, one of the largest arts festivals in the country.