Birmingham-born painter Jon Jones worked tirelessly with the West Midlands Police Museum for his latest collection depicting the notorious Birmingham gang 'The Peaky Blinders'.
History and Background
After leaving Moseley School in Birmingham, Jon attended Solihull College and Bourneville College of Art, where he studied fine art, sculpture and ceramics. Following this, he completed a degree in visual and fine art at De Montfort University in Leicester.
He returned to Birmingham after graduating to open two studios: one in the newly-opened Custard Factory, and one in the Hare & Hounds - now one of Birmingham's most popular nightspots.
Over the years, Jon has captured the interest of collectors and critics around the world, enjoying sell-out success in both the UK and Australia. He has also been shortlisted for coveted awards, including the BP Portrait Award hosted by the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Ideas and Inspirations
Jon's portraits offer the viewer a glimpse into his world. Perplexing, humorous and melancholy, his work is created from the heart.
Citing Rembrandt amongst his influences, he says he likes to scrutinise the technique behind a painting, adding: "I like artists who use thick impasto paint, like Freud, Kossoff and Auerbach. In my mind, this is how oil painting should be: seeing the brush strokes, and understanding how a painting is constructed."
For his newest collection, Jon explores the criminal underworld of 19th century Birmingham. In collaboration with the West Midlands Police Museum, he delved into the history of the infamous Peaky Blinders gang, made famous by the successful BBC series of the same name.