Born in New Zealand and now living in Australia, Locust Jones works have been primarily influenced by his travels and close attention and concern to current world political issues.
Through his works on paper, Jones challenges and delves into issues of contemporary politics. His style of commentary can be said to tackle the big picture head on, addressing issues of epic proportions, interspersing imagery from the media, newspapers, television and the internet, as well as personal experiences of current political situations in the world. Whether it be climate change, war in Iraq, ghosts of tortured forests or the greed of the global Financial industry.
With an animated and expressive energy he compulsively draws in ink, arranging on large-scale panoramic sheets of paper and in universal proportions his papiermâché globes, text-based imagery, expressive, scrawled drawings of haunted and tortured faces and gestures morph with tall foreboding buildings and the rubble and confusion of war torn cities. Events unfold, a story is told, as Jones compellingly vents his confusion and anxiety about the state of the world.
Locust Jones exhibits throughout New Zealand and Australia, and has had solo exhibitions in New York, Germany, and Lebanon. He has participated in artists residencies in Lebanon, Beirut and New York. He is the winner of the Hazelhurst works on paper award in 2009 and the Dominik Mersch Gallery Award 2010. He has works held in numerous public and private collections throughout New Zealand and Australia.
Born Christchurch, New Zealand. Lives and works in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.
1991 – 93 Bachelor of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, Australia
2008 – 09 Master of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, Australia
2014 Burn Freeze, David Krut Projects, NY, USA Made in Johannesburg, Solander, Wellington, NZ Lifters and Leaners, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Aus
Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, Berlin, Germany
2013 24HR News Feed, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand Steep Descent, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2012 Boycott, Isolate, Sabotage, Whitespace, Auckland, New Zealand Some mistakes were perhaps made, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
2011 Asia one, Hong Kong art fair for Dominik Mersch Gallery. Revolt, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
2010 Mediated By The Media, White Space, Auckland, New Zealand Lozenge of dawn, 24Hr Art, Darwin, Australia Elevating a disastrous situation into a catastrophe, MOP Projects, Sydney, Australia Untitled, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2009 HitchHiking in the Donut of Death, Gallery 9, Sydney, Australia Back-Handed Bullets Whitespace, Auckland, New Zealand Ride it ‘til it dies Rear View, Melbourne
2008 I’ll Burn that bridge when I come to it Until Never, Melbourne, Australia Final Notice Centre of Contemporary Art, Christc hurch, N.Z. The Bird Agents Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2007 Clearing Station Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, New Zealand
2006 Spin Cycle Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
2005 Live by the Sword Mahara Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2004 Poverty Jet Set Espace SD Gallerie, Beirut, Lebanon Amnesia> Beyrouth Riviera Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)
Redlands Art Award, Sydney, Aus
Giving Voice, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tas
Nature Nurture, Karen Woodbury Gallery
A General Map of caves, Hawkesbury Regional Art Gallery, Sydney, Aus
Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, Berlin, Germany
Down to the line, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Australia
Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle, WA
Unsettled, Recent acquisitions of Australian Contemporary art, Art Gallery of South Australia
Fauvette Laurio Travelling Art Scholarship, SCA, Sydney University, Aus
The Lookout, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
Excavation, The Armory, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney
Drawing the line, Whitespace, Auckland, New Zealand
Through your eyes, Korean Cultural Foundation, Sydney
5 x 3, Kunstraum Dusseldorf, Germany
Sub Text, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia
2010 Free Hand, Museum of Modern Art, Heide, Victoria, Australia Navigators, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Australia No right turn, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Sydney, Australia
2009 I Walk The Line New Australian Drawing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia SMAC Awards, GBK, Sydney, Australia The written word in contemporary art, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Australia The June Fourth Incident, Serial Space, Sydney. Something I said Helen Gory Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2008 888Exhibition, China Heights Gallery, Sydney
2007 Riviera Real Estate, Riviera Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2005 Diversity 1, Sulkin Secant Gallery, Santa Monica, California
1999 Sydney Beirut - Beirut Sydney Espace SD Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
University of Wollongong, Australia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand
Centre of Contemporary Arts, Christchurch, New Zealand
James Wallace Collection, Auckland, New Zealand
National Gallery of Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia
Kunstwerk Museum, Collection of Peter W. and Alison Klein, Stuttgart/Eberdingen, Germany.
SELECTED AWARDS, PRIZES AND RESIDENCIES
Artist Residency Kulturwerk, Wedding, Berlin, Germany
Artist Residence Big C, Bilpin, NSW Australia
Australia Council for the arts – New Work Grant
Fremantle Print Award, Finalist
Artist Residence, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa
Finalist, Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle, WA
Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Finalist. Hill End Artist Residency. Hazelhurst Works on paper award, finalist
Winner, National Contemporary Art Award, New Zealand. Royal Bank Of Scotland Art Award, finalist.
Asialink residency, Changdong Artist Studio, Seoul, South Korea. The Paul Guest Drawing Award, finalist.
Noosa Regional gallery 3D Art prize, finalist. Sunshine coast art prize, finalist. Artist in Residency.
Penrith Regional gallery. Stanthorpe Art Festival award, finalist
Winner of the Hazelhurst works on paper award. Fishers Ghost Art Prize, finalist
Blake prize for Religious art, finalist. Geelong Print Prize, finalist. Fremantle Print Award, finalist