Simon Jones : ARTISTS : Die Kunskamer

Simon Jones





Born in Lagos, Nigeria in January 1951, his father was  a surgeon  and his mother Mary Hart an accomplished artist.

Now 65, with 40 years as a fulltime artist behind him, he only works with acrylics.

Living in Fish Hoek for 25 years he still creates sprawled on the floor, the creative state being a childlike state.  He is a figurative painter on a quest  to somehow reconcile man with nature. To quote the late art critic Eldred Green after reviewing his work:  “Like everything that's any good, it has about twenty different meanings.  The unconscious breaks through with a will all on its own; the thoughts of the communal spirit come to a quiet end in the poet/artist's soul”.  He paints to music , mainly classical, and essentially allow his work to dictate its own progress where possible , albeit  figurative,  landscape, still-life or dreamscape.

Matriculating from Diocesan College, Rondebosch in 1968, he studied graphic design at the Cape College for Advanced Technical Education, graduated in 1973 . Not having a interest for advertising he painted at the same time and now concentrates on the latter.

His first one-man show was at the Goodman-Wolman Gallery, Cape Town in January 1975, and his most recent in 2013 at the Irma Stern Museum.  Apart from being on numerous Triennials and Biennales some of the collections that included his paintings are : Iziko , Pretoria Art Museum, William Humphreys Art Gallery , Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum, Pietersburg Art Gallery, University of the Orange Free State, Sasol, Tuynhuys, Sanlam, Telkom, BoE and The Oyster Box .