Painter, draughtsman, printmaker and writer and maker of inscriptions,
born in Brockley, Kent, son of a Welsh printer. Drew as a child , then
studied with A S Hartrick at Camberwell School of Art, 1909-15. Between
1915-18 served with Royal Welch Fusiliers during the World War I, being
wounded and invalided home after action in France. The war, Welsh myth
and landscape, his Roman Catholic faith, poetry and legend were some of
the themes that threaded their way through Jones' writings and
pictures, usually watercolours rich in layered imagery. From 1919-22
Jones studied under Bernard Meninsky and Walter Bayes at Westminster
School of Art, then joined Eric Gill's Guild of St Joseph and St
Dominic, in Sussex, 1922-24, also working with Gill in Wales, 1925-7.
First one-man show at St george's Gallery in 1927. Was a member of SWE
and the 7 & 5 Society and was exhibited widely abroad. Became an
accomplished engraver, working for the Golden Cockerel Press and
illustrated Douglas Cleverdon's 1929 edition of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner with 10 superb engravings on copper. His book In Parenthesis, of 1937, won the Hawthornden Prize and The Anathemata,
1952, the Russel Loines Award. Cleverdon was involved in the important
National Book League exhibition of Jones' work in 1972. He was made a
Companion of Honour in 1974. In 2002 a Glynn Vivian Art Gallery,
swansea, exhibition celebrated 50 years of The Anathemata.
The Tate Gallery and many other public collections hold his work. Jones
lived at Harrow-on-the-Hill in modest circumstances for many years.