An Atlanta native, Jones was born in 1954. His neo-folk artistic style is indicative of his Southern roots but co-mingles with his revolving themes of pain, death and primitivism. Jones explores emotional upheaval in a contemporary context, with strong references to popular culture and world events, utilizing a keen sense of whimsy, as well. Jones received a 1994 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Southern Arts Federation. In 2004, he was the recipient of the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. In 2006, Jones made his international debut at Art London. He returned to London in 2008, as the featured artist in Drawing a Diversion, an exhibition at John Martin Gallery, in conjunction with Master Drawings London. In 2019 MOCA GA featured a retrospective exhibition of the works of Benjamin Jones entitled Speaking. Jones is a graduate of the State University of West Georgia. Benjamin Jones’ drawings are included in prominent museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, NY; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, KY; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA; Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA., as well as, significant corporate and private collections.
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