‘Four Sacred Mountains’ is a unique work on paper by Locust Jones that dispenses with his typical stream of text bites collected from the daily news to focus on powerful, abstract line work. His style of commentary often addresses entanglements between contemporary politics and religion, transforming these issues through a chaotic and highly personal filter. As a result, the forms in this work could be the titular four mountains, or they could be four shrouded figures or a complex of routes seen from above.
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. Jones has been awarded the Blake Prize Finalist (2020), Dobell Drawing Prize Finalist (2019), Wynne Prize Exhibition Finalist, Art Gallery of NSW (2016), Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant (2014), 18th Street Art Centre Residency, Santa Monica CA (2014), and the National Contemporary Art Award Winner, New Zealand (2010).