The following information was provided in June of 2006 by Jon Herman of Norfolk, Virginia:
Paul Jones was born in Indianola, Iowa on November 18, 1924.
After graduation from high school in 1943, he was drafted in the army
where he served with a field artillery battery in the Far East
campaign. Being eligible for the G.I. bill, he enrolled in the
summer of 1946 as a freshman at the State University of Iowa campus at
Iowa City. By his own admission, his concept of art was
In the fall of 1948, he studied print-making
under the auspices of Mauricio Lasansky, an internationally-known print
maker, who was teaching at the time. After much work and
guidance, Lasansky helped him tone in on print-making, especially
etching, which became his primary means of his early art expression.
graduation in 1949 with a B.F.A. degree, he continued to work on a
Masters degree. He was invited by Lasansky to continue under his
tutelage, which he did until 1951 when he graduated.
for New York, he was offered at the last minute, a chance to
teach at the University of Oklahoma, where he chose to teach drawing
and art history. The next year, he returned back to the University of
Iowa as an instructor. In 1953, he moved to the University of
California Los Angeles, where he established UCLA' s print
department. Jones stayed at the University until 1963, when he
resigned to devote full-time to his art.
After receiving the
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in creative printmaking, he
traveled to Europe, where he was profundly effected by the works of
such artists as Jan Van Eyck and Piero Della Franccesca. On his
second trip to Europe, Redon and Giacometti appeared as major
influences, which was probably the most important phase of his creative
In matters of technique, Jones shifted from printmaking to
drawing/painting. During those years, he preferred to use composition
board or paper glued on board, as a backing material because of the
hard, resisting quality, which was like the printmaker's metal
plate. Thus, he turned his wide knowledge of learned and invented
intaglio methods (blotting, burnishing, scratching, dotting) into his
painter's tools. He used casein rather than oil paint as a medium
because of its quick drying properties and because it could be reworked
easier. In essence, his drawings could pass for complex intaglio
Source: Los Angeles County Museum of Art,
exhibition catalog: John Paul Jones, Painting and Sculpture
1955-1965, which ran from November 26- December 26, 1965
Works in Public Collections:
Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Indiana;
Blanden Memorial Art Gallery, Fort Dodge, Iowa;
Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois;
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York;
California State Fair Collection, Sacremento, California;
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas;
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa;
Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, San Diego, California;
Iowa State Fair Collection, Des Moines, Iowa;
Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt Pleasant, Iowa;
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska;
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan;
Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas;
La Jolla Art Center, La Jolla, California;
Library of Congress, Washington, DC;
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California;
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan;
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York;
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York;
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.;
William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, Missouri;
The New York Public Library, New York, New York;
Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, Museum;
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, California;
San Francisco Museum of art, San Francisco, California;
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California;
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington;
Texas Western College, El Paso, Texas;
Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana;
University of California at Los Angeles, California;
University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida;
University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois;
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa;
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska;
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin;
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota;
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut;
Youngstown University, Youngstown, Ohio.
Exhibitions and Awards:
Bradley University National Print annual: First Prize.
The Brooklyn Museum Fifth National Print Exhibition: Purchase Prize.
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa Artists Annual Exhibition: Purchase Prize.
Iowa State Fair Art Salon: First Prize
Seattle Art Museum, Northwest printmakers International Print Exhibition: Purchase Prize.
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Scholarship. Prize.
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Fifth Southwestern Print and Drawing Annual: Purchase Prize.
Walker Art Center, Biennial Exhibition of Paintings and Prints: First Prize in Prints.
The Brooklyn Museum Seventh National Print Exhibition: Purchase Prize.
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, First National Print Exhibition: Purchase Prize.
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa Artists Annual Exhibition: First Award in Prints.
Museum Of Modern Art, Young American Printmakers: Purchase Prize.
The Print Club of Philadelphia, Thirteenth Annual Exhibition of Etching: Honorable Mention.
Bradley University, National Print Annual: Purchase Prize.
The Brooklyn Museum Eighth National Print Exhibition: Purchase Prize.
University of Illinois, Graphic Arts USA: purchase Prize.
Walker Art Center, Biennial Exhibition of Painting and Prints: Purchase Prize.
Oakland Art Museum, Western Sculpture and Print Exhibition: First Award and Guest of Honor One-Man show.
Seattle Art Museum, Northwestern Printmakers International Print Exhibition: Special Honorable Mention.
Texas Western College, First National Graphics Exhibition: Purchase Prize.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Printmakers Eight Annual Exhibit: Sachs-Allen Award.
Butler Art Institute, College Prints 1956: Purchase Prize.
Michigan State University, National Print Exhibition: Purchase Prize.
Museum Of Modern Art, New York, Recent Drawings, USA.: Purchase Prize.
Oakland Art Museum, Bay Printmakers Second National Print Exhibition: Purchase Prize.
University of Illinois, 50 Contemporary Printmakers: Purchase Prize.
Library of Congress Annual Print Exhibition: Purchase Prize.
The Print Club of Philadelphia, 34th Annual Etching and Engraving Exhibition: Honorable Mention.
San Francisco Museum of Art, Annual watercolor, Drawing, and Print Exhibition: Purchase Prize.
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles and Vicinity Exhibition: Purchase Prize.
Pasadena art Museum, National Print Exhibition: Purchase Prize.
The Coliseum, New York City, Art U.S.A.: Grand Prize in Graphics.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Third Pacific Coast Biennial Exhibition of Drawings and Sculpture: Purchase Award.
John Paul Jones, Prints and
Drawings 1948-1963, published by the Brooklyn Museum, 1963. Text by
Una E. Johnson, Curator of Prints and Drawings, the Brooklyn Museum.
Other Exhibition Catalogs:
Brooklyn, New York, The Brooklyn Museum. Ten Years of American Prints
1947-1956 (exhibition catalog), 1956, text by Una E. Johnson, pp.44-46.
Reissued in 1961 with new title and cover: What is a Modern Print?
Oakland, California. Oakland Art Museum. Bay Printmakers Society 1st National Exhibition of Prints, (exhibition catalog), 1955
Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles County Museum. Prints by Adams and Jones, (exhibition catalog). 1955
Binghamton, New York, State University. Harper College. Champlain
Gallery. Graphics: John Paul Jones (exhibition catalog) October