The following information was submitted in June of 2006 by the artist:
Texas contemporary artist Sam Jones IV expresses himself in a variety of media, including acrylic and oil on canvas; pencil, charcoal, pastel and acrylic on paper. As an artist his passion for dance and music is vividly depicted in his pieces.
Sam was born on December 18th, 1970 in Pasadena, Texas. From a very early age he demonstrated interest in drawing. He has studied and created art since early childhood when his paintings were influenced by vacations to New Mexico. Brightly covered canvases of adobes and
detailed drawings of Native American Indians were representative of his early work. By early adulthood his work began to explore his surroundings and by his mid-twenty’s he was working with acrylic paint and pastel to create highly detailed paintings of churches and buildings. While working with pastels Sam discovered the effective use of texture. After applying texture to canvas and seeing how the paint moved through the surface in random patterns he began studying movement in art. For the next several years he painted many subjects, while diligently working to develop his personal style of painting. His new style of painting along with the Spanish influenced music and cultures of living in Texas lead him to paint his first dance painting. The series entitled “Dancer’s in the Paint” would soon follow.
Jones has evolved as a children’s art instructor, painter and as a graphic artist and web designer. He currently works as a full-time artist in Austin Texas.
Sam’s artwork adopts many forms and styles. His work has indeed found its niche and its own voice. This is most evident in his use of exuberant colors, inspired by his boundless passion towards the movement of dance.
Special Award: San Antonio Working Artist Program 2006, Commissioned by The WPT 2006.
Sam’s work can be found in collections in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.