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 Douglas McKee (Doug) Jones  (1929 - 2010)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: painting, art dealer

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Douglas McKee Jones
from Auction House Records.
Portrait of a Girl, 1996
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Obituary. San Diego Union-Tribune on May 23, 2010

JONES, DOUGLAS McKEE October 16, 1929 to May 9, 2010

Artist and gallery owner, Douglas McKee Jones "Doug", passed away on May 5th after a long battle with cancer.  His final weeks were spent at home in rural Escondido, cared for by his wife and partner, Annette.  In addition to Annette, he is survived by sister Adriana Trippe of Fairfax Station, VA, son Kevin Douglas Jones of Palm Desert, stepdaughter Jori Owens of San Diego, stepson Thomas Brown of El Cajon, stepson Martin Holden of Berkeley, and grandchildren Walker, Chloe, Nicholas, Stanislaus and Daniel.

Doug was born in Sewell, Chile, amid the snow capped peaks and rushing rivers of the Andes.  His father worked for the Braden Copper Company and his mother was a native of Chile.  When Doug was 12, the family relocated to San Diego.  He subsequently attended El Cajon Valley Elementary and Grossmont High School.  He pursued his growing passion for art at San Diego State, and after wards enlisted in the Naval Submarine Service.  Then it was on to the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles, where he graduated with a degree in illustration in 1957.  Doug was very sensitive to the subtleties of personality and soon found his calling in portraiture.  Among his many prominent commissions were more than fifty portraits he completed for the International Aerospace Hall of Fame; most were later destroyed by fire.

He worked in oil and pastels and his paintings have won numerous awards and hang in many prominent homes, businesses, schools and hospitals.  His bronze, Bust of Bob Breitbard, who died the same week as Doug, is in the Sports Hall of Champions.  In 1965, Doug opened The Jones Gallery (now the longest continuously running Gallery in San Diego), in the historic Green Dragon Colony on La Jolla's Prospect Street.  In 1971, he was joined by Annette, and together they built the gallery into one of the West Coast's premier fine art destinations.  Many young artists, who would go on to develop distinguished careers, spent time at the Jones cottage above La Jolla Cove, talking art long into the night.  In 1996, the Joneses moved the gallery and appraisal business to their home over-looking San Pasqual Valley.  Here Doug enjoyed raising chickens (including his beloved Chilean Araucanas) and tending his orchard of exotic fruit trees.  Doug loved to tell jokes, and never forgot one.  We will miss his deadpan humor, and his gentle voice, barely above a whisper.  It was a voice that had something to say, a voice that people listened to.  A "Gathering of Friends" will be held on June 6th at the Jones' home.  If interested in attending, please call (760) 745-0949. Donations would be gratefully accepted in Doug's name to Elizabeth Hospice (Escondido) or the California Art Club in Pasadena.

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