AV Spotlight: Abstract artist Michael Jones

Jones says “splattering” is his favorite thing to do, and he is known for the vivid, intricate colors in his paintings.

Jones says “splattering” is his favorite thing to do, and he is known for the vivid, intricate colors in his paintings.

LANCASTER – Self-taught abstract artist Michael Jones is making a name for himself in the local art scene. The 29-year-old Lancaster resident has been honing his craft for just a few years, but has already accumulated nearly 600 pieces of art, as well as numerous accolades.

Jones got his first taste of the art world, at age 3, from his dad – a photographer who also sketched portraits.

Jones (right) presented this painting to young friend as a graduation gift.

Jones (right) presented this painting to a young friend as a graduation gift.

“I would always be underneath his arm to see what he was doing, and then I would try to emulate it,” Jones said.

The Desert High School graduate says he abandoned art for much of his youth, save for a sketch or two in a high school art class. He then stumbled back into the art world about four years ago, when a friend bought him art supplies for Christmas. After dabbling with his new supplies for a few months, Jones began to take his role as an artist more seriously. Jones finished his first piece in 2009 and didn’t look back.

Locally, Jones has displayed his art at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center (LPAC), at the Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival, in monthly themed art shows at the Paris Café in Lancaster, and at Graphic Experience on The BLVD. He’s also showcased his art at galleries and venues around California, including Oakland, San Fernando Valley, and Venice.

Jones finished this piece in 2009 and didn't look back.

Jones finished this piece in 2009 and didn’t look back.

Jones commutes every day to his “nine-to-five” in the logistics department at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. After work, Jones spends time with his fiancée and two children and then settles into his second passion – making positive art.

“I like to paint happy paintings that are bright, to inspire people to think positive and not think negative, because this world is pretty negative as it is,” Jones explains. “If I can translate these bright colors into happiness and make [people] go into a better place, I’m all for it.”

Jones describes the inspiration behind his work.

“Sometimes I just sit down at the canvas and I just start going away,” he says. “Sometimes I just look on TV or look at the newspaper for current events and what’s going on and then create [art] in that genre.”

“I like to do abstract art, and then I have this thing with doing stencils, and then doing mixed media,” Jones continues.  “My style is just starting to come together.”

About two week ago, Jones painted Willa Brown on a 1941 Roanoke Times newspaper.

About two weeks ago, Jones painted Willa Brown on a 1941 Roanoke Times newspaper.

Jones admits to getting bored easily, and says he is constantly switching up his style and finding new concepts and inspirations.

“My biggest thing is trying to do something different but rare,” he says. “Like two weeks ago, I painted on a [1941] Roanoke Times newspaper. I brought the history back to life!”

Jones says he enjoys charity events and art shows that contribute to the community. He says he would love to showcase his unique brand of art at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), and he is entering MOAH’s 28th Annual Juried Exhibition this year.

Jones also aspires to open his own gallery one day, so that he can inspire youth, one mind at a time.

Asked who has been a great source of support in the local art scene, Jones says, “Chris Calaba of Graphic Experience.  She helped me a lot with getting it off the ground, and she gave me the opportunity to show my art in her gallery.”

View more of Jones’ unique artwork below, and be sure to visit his facebook page for many more images and for more information on how to support Abstract Art by Michael Jones.

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  12 comments for “AV Spotlight: Abstract artist Michael Jones

  1. Michelle
    February 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Very good work!

  2. sean ray
    February 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    very positive, uplifting, and moving

  3. Kenneth Tillman
    February 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I knew you would make it big Michael even though the time you spent in OKC was short. I am very proud of you and your passion for the art work you do.

  4. Roy & Cindy Walker
    February 28, 2013 at 7:50 am

    We are very proud of you and the wonderful talent you possess. Stay the course, remember what is important, hold to that which inspires you and ensure God gets the glory in everything you do. Love you!

    Uncle Roy and Aunt Cindy

  5. BONNIE CANSLER
    February 28, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Michael, just stay focused on your goals and you can accomplish anything. I wish you much success and I’m proud of you and you are a positive role model!

  6. otis
    February 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Beautiful, “moving” artwork.

    • Michael Jones
      February 27, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you very much

  7. SoccerMom
    February 26, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Loving the pics in the articles. Loving the Banksy and Shepard Fairey feel to your art. Looking forward to hopefully seeing your art displayed at MOAH.

    Much success to you.

  8. Nick
    February 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I’m proud of you brother! Continue to dream bigger!

  9. Chris Calaba
    February 25, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Michael, thanks for the mention. Like I said before, there will be a day that I can say,”I knew him back when….”. :)

  10. Michael Jones
    February 25, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Thank you for checking it out and liking my work , have a positive and great day .

  11. Rob
    February 24, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Michael Jones You are a true artist. An original artist along the lines of Banksy and Warhol. Stick with it… you will go far.

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