Gary Heery and Alan Jones collaboration for the X-portraits project in 2018.
Artists Gary Heery and Alan Jones collaborate for the ‘X Collaborative Portraits’ project.

In 1997 Alan Jones (b. 1977) gained his Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts at the National Art School, Sydney, before furthered his education in abroad on the Inaugural Pat Corrigan Travelling Art Scholarship. In 1998 Jones returned to Australia where he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2000 at the National Art School. In 2004 Jones’ portfolio of 10 paintings and drawings, inspired by his time in France and Germany, won the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. This scholarship saw Jones return to Europe where he undertook a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris before working in Berlin and New York.

Jones has been a selected finalist in the Archibald Prize (2013, 2014 and 2016), Wynne Prize (2017) and Sulman Prize (2005) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. His work has won many art awards including the 2008 Paddington Art Prize for landscape painting, 2010 Kedumba Drawing Award, 2011 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, 2014 Kilgour Prize and 2015 Mosman Art Prize. Important collections that have acquired Jones’ work include Australia’s National Portrait Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia and Artbank. 

Since 1999 Jones has held 26 solo exhibitions and had his work included in curated group exhibitions throughout state, regional and commercial galleries in Australia, the UK and Asia.