Alan Jones’ work explores ideas that surround notions of identity. Embracing diversity, Jones works across a broad spectrum of mediums as he takes a personal approach to subject matter. Self-portraits and family members often find themselves sitting along side images representative of British colonial power as Jones looks at his maternal convict heritage. Through this process, Jones aims to communicate to the viewer the intricacies of human connections and how his own roots subsequently influence his work.
In 1997 Jones completed his Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts at the National Art School (NAS) for which he received the Inaugural Pat Corrigan Travelling Scholarship For Painting. In 2000 Jones gained his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) at NAS.
Since graduating in 2000 important events in Jones’ career include winning the 2004 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, 2008 Paddington Art Prize, 2010 Kedumba Drawing Award, 2011 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, 2014 Kilgour Prize and in 2015 was the winner of the prestigious Mosman Art Prize. Jones is a Sulman Prize finalist and three time finalist of the Archibald Prize. In 2016 Jones’ portrait of Adam Goodes was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.
Alan Jones has held 22 solo exhibitions and has been involved in over 130 group exhibitions in various commercial, regional and state galleries throughout Australia, the UK and Asia. In 2013 Cheryl Farrell curated Jones’ first major survey exhibition, ‘Paper and Wood: Collecting Ideas’, at Maitland Regional Art Gallery focusing on Jones’ works on paper and sculptures between 1998 and 2013.
Born in 1977, Alan Jones currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia.