John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones

1924–1999
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John Paul Jones was a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and arts educator. First gaining national recognition in the 1960s with his figurative prints, drawings, and paintings, Jones turned to spare sculptural work in the 1980s. Jones received his bachelor’s and master’s of fine arts degrees at the University of Iowa, where he studied printmaking, and later taught. In 1953, he was recruited to the University of California in Los Angeles to set up a printmaking program. He joined the faculty at the newly opened UC Irvine in 1969 and remained there until his retirement in 1990. He lived in Laguna Beach from the mid-1960s to 1990.
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“Even taking into consideration the fickleness of art trends, it is surprising to find that in the 1950s and 1960s John Paul Jones was widely and consistently ranked as among America’s leading printmakers,” said art historian Susan Landauer. “In 1963, he was the first pick of the eminent curator Una E. Johnson to inaugurate the Brooklyn Museum’s solo exhibition series on distinguished contributors to the media of drawings and prints in the United States. By then, he had also become a nationally recognized painter. With twenty-eight one-person gallery and museum exhibitions across the country in the first decade of his career, Time magazine gave him an illustrated feature article in 1962. Yet today, Jones has been almost entirely forgotten by art historians–by historians of American printmaking, by historians of West Coast art, and even by scholars writing about the art of Los Angeles, where for many years he was championed as a local talent.”

Backland
Oil on canvas, 1965
15 x 30 inches
Gift of Sidney and Diana Avery
1979.016
Portrait in Red
Oil on canvas, 1959
20 x 17 inches
Gift of Helen N. Lewis and Marvin B. Meyer
1985.081.010
Self-Portrait
Etching, soft ground and aquatint, 1950
9 x 12 1/2 inches
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Herz
1986.035.001
Spanish Mirror (for Cervantes y Espana)
Alder, black inserts, and stainless steel, 1988
64 x 16 1/4 x 2 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1991.149
Harpsichord
Alder and black inserts sculpture in three parts, 1988
Each, 30 1/2 x 27 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches, var.
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1991.150.1-3
Apollo Sticks
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Apollo Sticks 1
, 1988
Alder
57 1/4 x 21/2 x 11/2 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1991.151
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Apollo Sticks 2
, 1988
Alder
57 1/4 x 3 x 2 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1991.152
Praying Mantis
Basswood and wood insert, 1987
20 x 41 x 11/2 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1991.155.1-2
Plaza Sweet (Maquette)
Basswood, 1987
61 3/4 x 31 x 1/2 x 31 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1991.156.1-8
Jelly Cutter
Basswood and aluminum, 1983
178 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 16 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1991.159.1-3
Drawbridge
Basswood, 1982
74 x 64 x 24 inches
Gift of Nancy noble and Dennis Hudson
1991.160.1-2
Bar Reliefs
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Bar Relief 1
, 1979
Sugar pine
1 1/4 x 94 x 1 1/4 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1991.163
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Bar Relief 2
, 1979
Sugar pine
1 x 92 3/4 x 1 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1991.164
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Bar Relief 3
, 1979
Sugar pine
1 1/2 x 96 x 1 1/2 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1991.165
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Bar Relief 4
, 1979
Sugar pine
1 x 94 x 1 1/2 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1991.166
Lady in Profile
Bronze, 1962
9 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches
Gift of Jerome H. Franklin, M.D.
1992.088
No. 607
Etching and aquatint, 1949
9 1/8 x 18 inches
Gift of Nancy Nobles and Dennis Hudson
1994.221
  Grove Woman
Color etching, 1968
8 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1994.210
Suspension
Etching, engraving, aquatint and soft-ground, 1953
21 1/2 x 15 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1994.223
Double Portrait
Etching, soft-ground and aquatint, 1957
23 3/4 x 33 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1994.225
Fall from Brussels
Black dyed pines, 1987
54 x 3/4 x 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1995.066

Spectator
Oil on canvas, 1973
40 x 60 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1995.062
Paradise Gate 1
Sugar Pine, 1981
122 x 1/2 x 122 x 1 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1995.069
Paradise Gate 12
Aluminum tubing and maple, 1981
96 x 96 x 1/4 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1995.071
The Artist at Work
Oil on canvas, 1973
30 x 36 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1995.084
Asylum Singers
Oil on canvas, 1973
36 x 30 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1995.085
Champions and Lovers
Oil on canvas, 1973
30 x 38 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1995.086
Painters and Shadows
Oil on canvas, 1973
34 x 40 inches
Gift of Nancy Noble and Dennis Hudson
1995.087
Valoreye Revisited
Oil on paper, 1964
16 x 20 inches
Gift of Ted and Rita Barnett
2000.012.003
Self-Portrait
Oil on paper, 1960
27 x 31 inches
Gift of Ted and Rita Barnett
2000.012.004
Southern Face
Oil on paper, 1963
29 x 26 inches
Gift of Lique Hoskins
2001.018
Dripshill Figure
Oil on paper, 1963
23 x 20 inches
Gift of Ted and Rita Barnett
2001.023.003
Study for a Standing Figure
Oil on canvas, 1964
20 x 16 inches
Gift of Ted and Rita Barnett
2010.003

Sleeping Woman
Oil on canvas, 1964
16 x 30 inches
Gift of Ted and Rita Barnett
2010.004