Depictions of Slavery in Confederate and Southern States
John W. Jones - Short Biography
Born May 11, 1950
in Columbia, S.C. Jones has been a freelance artist and illustrator for more
than 20 years. His former clients include Time Life Books, IBM, Westinghouse,
Rubbermaid, NASA, Gadded Space and Flight Center, and the U.S. Postal Service.
life through art. This multi-talented artist uses oils, acrylics and watercolors
for his painting. Striving for detail in light and reflection, he meticulously
draws each painting first, and then layers it with color, resulting in very
realistic interpretations of everyday life and landscapes, as well as historical
insights into our past.
Jones’ goal is
to paint the African American experience starting with the slave trade in
Africa, through the Middle Passage and pre-civil war era, and contrast it with
African Americans today.
In addition to the
“Confederate Currency: The color of Money” series, he has painted a series
on the Buffalo Soldiers and the 54th Massachusetts regiments. He is
currently working on two projects that focus on the story of the historic Penn
School and the Gullah people of St. Helena Island in South Carolina and African
Americans in the Military.
His work is in
several private and public collections including the Charleston Metro Chamber of
Commerce, the City of Charleston, Benedict College and the College of Charleston. Published works
in the past three years, include "The cover of the Charleston Area Visitors
guide", and "the Charleston Farmers Market". His paintings are
available at the Rita Smith Gallery in Columbia, SC and Gallery Chuma in
merit awards for his works in the 1998 and 1999 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Art
graduated from high school in 1968 and self-taught, has been drawing since early
childhood. Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1970, Jones served in the Vietnam War,
where he also took illustration classes in military School.
Jones has lectured
widely as an artist, activist and motivational speaker at various universities
and colleges, conferences and corporate events.
traveling exhibition, Confederate Currency: The Color of Money has
been featured in several well-respected and top media outlets, including The
New York Times, Time Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, CNN
and National Public Radio.