Joe Jones

USA / 1909 - 1963 / wikipedia /
Joseph John Jones was a self-taught painter and printmaker from St. Louis, Missouri. He began his career as a Social-Realist, painting wheat fields and other scenes of Midwestern life. In 1934, he volunteered to teach art classes to the unemployed at a courthouse, but was evicted when the class produced propagandistic murals and posters. He later taught summer art school in Missouri with James Turnbull and Thomas Hart Benton. Jones was harshly criticized for his Communist leanings and left for New York City in 1935. He created 5 murals for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), won a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, painted Depression-era images, and worked as a war artist for Life magazine during World War II. After the war, Jones began to experiment with color silkscreen prints with increasingly abstract subjects. Jones’s works are held in collections at the Smithsonian Institute, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the White House.

Joseph John Jones (1909–1963); American painter, landscape painter, lithographer, and muralist. TIME magazine followed him throughout his career. Although Jones was never a member of the John Reed Club, his name is closely associated with its artistic members, most of them also contributors to the New Masses magazine.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, April 7, 1909. Self-taught, he quit school at age fifteen to work as a house painter, his father's profession.

....Jones worked in his native St. Louis, Missouri, until age 27, then spent the rest of his life based in or around New York City.

...Jones died the week prior to April 19, 1963, as reported by TIME, 54 years old, of a heart attack in Morristown. Of his early, radical work, the magazine cited American Justice with the corpse of a half-naked black woman who has been raped and lynched against a background ....
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