Brian Jones - Straight Outta Toxteth
"My three main influences, in no particular order, are Jeff Nuttall, Jamie Reid and William Burroughs. I've studied with two of them and met the other" Brian Jones
Since the turn of the new Millennium, Brian Jones' reputation has been steadily growing as ever-increasing numbers encounter his 'New Pop' art.
"It's very simple; people either like them, or they don't", he says.
The subsequent years have seen him show his works in over sixty exhibitions, in addition to producing designs for various clients.
Summer 2005 saw Jones represent Wales in Bulgaria as a visiting artist, where he experienced the dark underbelly of Sofia.
2006: Brian concentrated on new paintings for the 'rude and ill-bred' Brighton exhibition (with dr.d), and also showed at several London group exhibitions.
2007: His works travelled Stateside once more as part of the 'Prints of Wales' exhibition in Kansas City, and also to Tokyo for 'Art Machine'.
The remainder of the year, was spent working on a book titled 'Dada Pop n Pistols', and he also commenced work on a new body of paintings.
2008: Brian showed in the first ever Western Pop art show at Singapore's Collector's Contemporary Gallery, showed a further three times in America, held his highly successful "Brighton Rocks" solo show at O Contemporary (Brighton), was the featured artist in China's Fantasy Art magazine, and was invited to contribute to numerous book and magazine projects, including a feature on 'Welsh Money' in the first issue of Welsh Art Now.
2009 started with his contribution for Grapheion magazine's Yearbook, followed by a group show at the newly-opened Wilder Gallery, Bristol, and the culmination of the highly successful "All Together Now" project, which was conducted with a group of mixed ability children from Derry, Northern Ireland.
Throughout the year, Brian also designed and printed the signs for the recycling points at the Llanfyllin Workhouse, conducted print workshops with 400-500 children, designed a record sleeve and labels for American-based bands 3OH!3 and Inner Party System, set-up a new screen printing studio, designed and printed the ?Dolydd? currency, produced his first bronze edition, became a 'Pioneer' member of Culture Colony, produced works for Futile Gestures, made "The Ghosts of Llanfyllin" with his youngest son for the Ffilmic Festival (being awarded 'Best Sound Design'), and was the lead artist for the Regional Print Centre and Arts Connection's collaborative "Exploring Cultural Identity" project with pupils from Gwenfro CP School, Wrexham.
Over the past few years his works have shown literally alongside those of Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton and Roy Lichtenstein to name but a few. He has pieces in public collections, one in the House of Commons, and a full work schedule, leading Eyestorm.com to assert that "this artist's future (is) one to watch".
With much more in the pipeline, his upward spiral is set to continue.
Now living in Wales and represented by 33PM, Brian Jones is one of Britain's most promising "New Pop" artists. He shows both nationally and internationally, and his works are owned by politicians, football managers, film and pop stars, plus other notables in the creative industries.