About Dylan Jones
From a young age I have been driven to capture the world around me through painting and drawing. Instead of sketching from my imagination, like most children, I was inspired to create countless drawings detailing the humble charm of daily life as it unfolded around me. I continued to be absorbed in art throughout my education and subsequently enrolled in a Fine Arts degree at the Queensland College of Art College in 2010. In 2012, after three years of study I graduated and decided I wanted to pursue a career as an artist. Despite the years that have past my interest in the unseen and undervalued beauty of the everyday has not faulted. ‘You Plus Another You’, my first group show out of College, consolidated this philosophy with my figurative paintings exposing the in between moments of life, often seen as taboo, impulsive and risqué. During this same year (2014), a painting of mine was auctioned off at a local school’s sports lunch. The painting and supporting prints raised $20,000 for the school to help provide bursaries for boys from families experiencing financial difficulties. Each year since then I have donated artworks to various charities to help raise important funds to help make a difference to the lives of those in need. The following year I had my first solo show, ‘Tainted’ and it was here that I left the comfort and isolation of the studio to paint purely ‘en plein air’. I have been doing this ever since. The body of work, in this exhibition portrayed a less glamorous side to the Australian landscape focusing on abandoned, decrepit and dilapidated man-made structures. The show generated an extremely positive public response and was basically a sell-out. Suburbia has played an important role in my last two solo shows, ‘Not To Scale, and ‘Creature of Habit’ with the latter exposing my departure from depicting the world in such literal terms. It also cemented my place in the troop of artists represented by Jan Manton Art, a top tier gallery in Brisbane. The future looks promising with a show in the heart of Sydney scheduled for mid 2018.