Jones, Peter

Bio

Peter Jones (born 1968, Birmingham, UK) studied fine art at Reading University (1988-1992) and since then has lived and worked in London. In 1996 Peter was selected for the Whitechapel Open, which marked the beginning of a regular and continuing exhibiting career.

Peter held his first solo shows at FRED in London and concurrently at the sister gallery in Leipzig in 2006. The Monkey Paintings series first shown at these two exhibitions confirmed Peter's reputation as an artist and earned him an enthusiastic following. Almost all of the vintage toy subjects of these still-life paintings are collected by the artist for this purpose.

Traditionally the monkey in art symbolised the primitive beast within us, and although the paintings of Peter Jones don't deny this inherent quality, they are by turns capricious, playful and vulnerable.

The monkey paintings were followed by a group of lamb paintings, dog paintings and an ongoing series of various animal portraits including bunnies and birds. These particular subjects acknowledge and communicate the traditional art historical symbolism of innocence, faithfulness and love.

After a hiatus of several years, the monkey series was renewed in 2016, and continues to be the artist's signature subject.

Exhibitions

  • 2019 ING Discerning Eye, London
  • 2019 Still-Here, Newington Gallery London
  • 2019 Darlings of The Underground, Subsiduary Projects London
  • 2019 Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room London
  • 2018 Summer Exhibition , Royal Academy London
  • 2018 Make_Shift, Collier Bristow Gallery London
  • 2017 Nature Morte, Guildhall Art Gallery London
  • 2019 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy London

Education

  • 1992 Fine Art BA (Hons), University of Reading

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Toby Monkey, 2017, (oil on canvas)
Toby Monkey, 2017, (oil on canvas)

APM5973755: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Timothy Monkey, 2016, (oil on canvas)
Timothy Monkey, 2016, (oil on canvas)

APM5973756: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Yellow Monkey, 2006, (oil on canvas)
Yellow Monkey, 2006, (oil on canvas)

APM5973757: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Monkey Still-Life, 2016, (oil on canvas)
Monkey Still-Life, 2016, (oil on canvas)

APM5973759: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Mustard Monkey, 2017, (oil on canvas)
Mustard Monkey, 2017, (oil on canvas)

APM5973760: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Monkey Painter, 2005, (oil on canvas)
Monkey Painter, 2005, (oil on canvas)

APM5973761: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Andy Monkey, 2017, (oil on canvas)
Andy Monkey, 2017, (oil on canvas)

APM5973762: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Happy Monkey, 2005, (oil on paper)
Happy Monkey, 2005, (oil on paper)

APM5973763: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Aaron Monkey, 2016, (oil on canvas)
Aaron Monkey, 2016, (oil on canvas)

APM5973764: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Eelke Monkey, 2016, (oil on canvas)
Eelke Monkey, 2016, (oil on canvas)

APM5973765: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

White Monkey on Red, 2006, (oil on paper)
White Monkey on Red, 2006, (oil on paper)

APM5973766: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Ollie Monkey, 2007, (oil on paper)
Ollie Monkey, 2007, (oil on paper)

APM5973767: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Matt Monkey, 2016, (oil on canvas)
Matt Monkey, 2016, (oil on canvas)

APM5973768: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Gold Monkey, 2008, (oil on paper)
Gold Monkey, 2008, (oil on paper)

APM5973769: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Fergus Monkey, 2017, (oil on canvas)
Fergus Monkey, 2017, (oil on canvas)

APM5973770: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Monkey in White, 2005, (oil on canvas)
Monkey in White, 2005, (oil on canvas)

APM5973772: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Monkey in Pig Mask, 2005, (oil on canvas)
Monkey in Pig Mask, 2005, (oil on canvas)

APM5973773: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Green Face Monkey, 2006, (oil on canvas)
Green Face Monkey, 2006, (oil on canvas)

APM5973774: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Monkey in Cow Mask, 2005, (oil on canvas)
Monkey in Cow Mask, 2005, (oil on canvas)

APM5973776: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Soft Blue Monkey, 2006, (oil on canvas)
Soft Blue Monkey, 2006, (oil on canvas)

APM5973778: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Pinki the Bear, 2017, (oil on canvas)
Pinki the Bear, 2017, (oil on canvas)

APM5974021: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Lame Duck, 2019, (oil on canvas)
Lame Duck, 2019, (oil on canvas)

APM5974022: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Blue Tit, 2016, (oil on canvas)
Blue Tit, 2016, (oil on canvas)

APM5974023: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Pink Bunny, 2017, (oil on canvas)
Pink Bunny, 2017, (oil on canvas)

APM5974024: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Bunny, 2017, (oil on canvas)
Bunny, 2017, (oil on canvas)

APM5974025: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Camel, 2017, (oil on canvas)
Camel, 2017, (oil on canvas)

APM5974026: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Snowy, 2010, (oil on paper)
Snowy, 2010, (oil on paper)

APM5974027: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Pink Flamingo, 2014, (oil on canvas)
Pink Flamingo, 2014, (oil on canvas)

APM5974028: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Bunny, 2019, (oil on canvas)
Bunny, 2019, (oil on canvas)

APM5974029: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

The Glass Fish, 2014, (oil on canvas)
The Glass Fish, 2014, (oil on canvas)

APM5974031: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Lamb, 2009, (oil on canvas)
Lamb, 2009, (oil on canvas)

APM5974032: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Lamb, 2009, (oil on paper)
Lamb, 2009, (oil on paper)

APM5974033: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Mole's Last Breath, 2018, (oil on canvas)
Mole's Last Breath, 2018, (oil on canvas)

APM5974034: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Mole, 2017, (oil on canvas)
Mole, 2017, (oil on canvas)

APM5974035: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Octopus, 2016, (oil on canvas)
Octopus, 2016, (oil on canvas)

APM5974036: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Penguin, 2018, (oil on canvas)
Penguin, 2018, (oil on canvas)

APM5974037: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

The Pelican, 2017, (oil on canvas)
The Pelican, 2017, (oil on canvas)

APM5974038: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Grizzly Bear, 2013, (oil on canvas)
Grizzly Bear, 2013, (oil on canvas)

APM5974039: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Rhino, 2015, (oil on canvas)
Rhino, 2015, (oil on canvas)

APM5974040: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Puppy, 2011, (oil on wood)
Puppy, 2011, (oil on wood)

APM5974041: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Ted, 2017, (oil on canvas)
Ted, 2017, (oil on canvas)

APM5974042: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Mr Cuddly, 2018, (oil on canvas)
Mr Cuddly, 2018, (oil on canvas)

APM5974043: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images

Walrus, 2015, (oil on canvas)
Walrus, 2015, (oil on canvas)

APM5974044: © Peter Jones / Bridgeman Images


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