David Jones was born in 1948, in Palo Alto, California. His parents were both scientists who worked for NASA, and together they did the pioneering research on swept wing design that makes jet travel possible.
All his life Dave has had equal passions for jazz and modern art.
He has been drawing and painting since he was 12, when he first saw an abstract painting by Jasper Johns -"I love abstract art because when it’s good it can put the viewer in touch with who they are beyond their culture, psychology, history or personality."
As an artist David has been influenced by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly and Richard Gayton, (his drawing teacher at The California College of Arts and Crafts). "My drive is for new and dynamic color interaction; an active, energetic composition; and some compelling quality that keeps the painting alive and engaging, even after many years."
Dave has taught drawing, painting and color theory for young and old, both in his studio and in public venues. He's taught drawing and painting to “youth at risk” in the Mississippi Delta and has taught public school teachers how to teach their students art.
Dave's work is in both private and corporate art collections around the world. Over the past 35 years David has shown his work in approximately 70 one-man and group gallery shows. He's also been on the Mississippi Arts Commission Artist Roster of approved artists for grant-seeking institutions.
You can hear Dave playing his saxophone up and down the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Visit www.davesjazz.com to hear his original jazz compositions.
Dave welcomes your comments on his work, at firstname.lastname@example.org.