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Lived/Active: Utah      Known for: space art-planets, mysticism

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Sky Jones
from Auction House Records.
Mystical intervention, 1989
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Joseph Banker, founder of the Banker Museum:

Sky Jones is a painter from the American West, born October 3, 1947 in Salt Lake City, Utaha s Michael Whipple.  He graduated from the University of Utah in 1971 with a bachelor degree in art.  In 1984, he cahnged his name to Sky Jones. He has written two books on art and life. The first, The Artists' Bible, written in 1983, is a compendium of successful actions for the Master Draftsman. The second book, Spirits, was written in 1984 and is dedicated to Sky's "view from the other side", a look at the varieties and natures of spirits and their relationship to life and art.  Both books are profusely illustrated with paintings by Jones that reflect the philosophy of the text.

Mysticism and the spirit are the underlying themes which permeate his subject matter. Jones devotes his imagination and perceptions to giving viewers images of other worlds and wild places to view.  His goal is to animate spirits, pulling entities out of the paint at each step and to synthesize surrealism. "The bottom of his bucket is the base of the subconscious mind".

His goal is to do nothing but entertain and amuse u with educating "antics for the eye". These are not cartoons but places that exist only in dreamland. Sky opens up doors, windows. He knocks holes in ceilings and pounds down walls into a place never before viewed on earth: a place of dancing rhythms in crystalline vistas".

Sky Jones paints spirits and anthropomorphic essences in three dimensional spaces. . . . with spiraling streamers, multi-colored balloon planets. At times, it is very serious, yet whimsical in nature. Gold, silver and fine metallic particles are standard in Sky Jones creations. The Entities live in a world of gold and silver linings".

Much of Sky's work is involved in landscapes and seascapes, showing the effects and influences of water on the terrain. He covers the gamut, focusing on life's scenarios: "Waves crashing on shoreline, water cascading down from high mountains; looking down gigantic canyon caverns; flying across desert terrain, peeking into heaven or hell, serious or simply joking."

Note: He has taken a vow of poverty that he has honored since the birth of his first creation.  One story depicts Jones bringing in $2.5M in a benefit auction for the Salvation Army and turning the check immediately over to the Salvation Army Captain in charge; only to be found later that evening in the Salvation Army food line.  He has been hounded by the IRS for "their share" and he's always ignored them.  Because of some of his "antics", (as some call them), the controversy that surrounds Jones is almost as bizarre as that of Van Gogh who didn't sell one piece of his art until after his death.

In 2003 he began signing his art as "Siren Bliss".

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