Gareth Jones

Bill Limic. Mixed Media on Canvas. 2016.jpg
Bill Limic. Mixed Media on Canvas. 2016.jpg
Cuck Suck. Mixed Media on Canvas. 2015.jpg
(just the)Tip (detail). Acrylic on Canvas. 2014- Gareth Jones .jpg
Cracker Christ (or...Don't ask a trout to swim upstream and then punch it in the fucking head). Mixed Media on Canvas. 2015.jpg
Dark Room. Mixed Media (including bullet casings, Polaroid pictures, acrylic paint and medical equipment) on Canvas. 2015.jpg
Birth Control. Acrylic on Canvas. 2016.jpg
Francophone. Acrylic on Canvas. 2014.jpg
Hide and Seek. Acrylic on Canvas. 2014.jpg
Itchy Pollock. Acrylic on Canvas. 2014.jpg
Just don't put me in the toilet. Mixed Media on Canvas. 2015.jpg
Monsters in the Morning (or Don't Take a Latte to the Job Centre). Mixed Media on Canvas. 2015..jpg
Pygmy. Acrylic on Canvas. 2014- Gareth Jones.jpg
Neck Shot. Acrylic on Canvas. 2014 - Gareth Jones.jpg
Saturday Night Apartheid. Mixed Media on Canvas. 2015.jpg
Rasputin (I Just Wanted It All). Mixed Media on Canvas. 2015 (Detail).jpg
The Ward (For the Czech). Acrylic on Canvas. 2015.jpg
Nappy Valley. Mixed Media on Canvas. 2015.jpg
Sausage Dog. Acrylic on Canvas. 2015..jpg
Tribes. Acrylic on Canvas. 2014-Gareth Jones.jpg
Untitled (Mixed Episode). Acrylic on Canvas. 2014- Gareth Jones.jpg

Mixed Media Artist based in London and Manchester.

My Profile

Art has always been an opportunity to celebrate or expunge thoughts, emotions and drives within. After a stay in a psychiatric unit, a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and a psychiatrist’s suggestion of trying a ‘creative outlet’, I ended up in a studio for months, experimenting with different techniques and immersing myself in art history.

I stumbled upon Neo-Expressionism and Abstract Expressionism, which instantly inspired me and allowed me to communicate my views on the world we live in, shaped by my disorder.

Artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and Frida Kahlo also had a profound effect on me in the beginning, and as my practice developed, I found my own voice and began using dark yet playful humour to examine difficult and stigmatic subjects within society.

My work is a mix of surrealist automatism and direct inspiration from the world around me, experienced through the prism of manic highs and depressive lows. Heavily influenced by Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, themes of brutality and torment within society and the torture of mental illness, I look to address how we as humans often exist as playthings whilst we scrabble around in search of our own destiny.

I also seek to raise debate through art without shying away from controversy. I work predominantly with mixed media on canvas – using everything from bubble gum to bullet cases – whilst also exploring performance art and sculpture to communicate thoughts, opinions and to distill a myriad of ideas into one piece.