Brett A. Jones
Brett A. Jones was born in Queensland, Australia in 1966. When Brett was 10, the family moved to the Gold Coast where he began art classes under the guidance of Mr Douglas Scott-Vandyke learning drawing and oil painting.
Displaying talent from a young age, Brett sold dozens of oil paintings over the next few years while still at school. In year 10, he left school and began a boiler-making apprenticeship at one of the shipyards along the Brisbane River. A year later, he switched to fitting and turning and finished with honours in 1986.
The next few years would see him traveling around different parts of Queensland, working for various engineering firms, and taking every opportunity to develop his artistic skills.
Finally, in 1991, he moved to Hervey Bay to set up house and work a cozy job in town. Just as everything was looking rosy, a serious accident at work left Brett with a broken wrist and permanent spinal damage.
There followed from this several pain-wrenched years during which Brett continually tried to engage with his art. His intense personal drive to be an artist sent him searching for a way to achieve in the world of fine art.
During this time he experimented with various mediums including wood, steel, brass, spray paint, water colour, oil paint and coloured pencil. He did a couple of custom jobs, and worked on a huge mural in a friend’s house for over two years. Eventually he set up studio to seriously re-engage with his oil painting. The idea was that he might eek out a modest living producing originals for sale, while constrained by the pain of his debilitating injuries.
The first one, Canesmoke Sunset, took more than four months to complete and damn near killed him. “If I was going to seriously re-engage with art”, he thought, “then I might as well just do what I really want to do. I should choose the subject matter on a purely personal level, and not limit myself with time constraints and others' expectations of what art is”.
What Brett really wanted to do was draw in monochrome. He had always wanted to fully explore the concept of chiaroscuro – to make people believe, to really see the bowl of fruit, the glass of wine, or whatever it was in front of them, using only the effects of light. The fact something as simple as a 2B pencil could achieve this appealed to him greatly. It lends itself perfectly, representing all the greys from black to nearly white. As his art teacher, Mr Scott-Vandyke had impressed upon him, “If you want to draw properly, draw the shadows and let the highlights take care of themselves”.
Brett Jones subsequently spent the next few years doing a series of motorcycles in graphite. To Brett’s reasoning, it didn’t matter long how a work took to complete as long as the results were good enough to be published as fine art prints. Many hundreds of pain-filled hours passed by the lamp in his studio and the results were truly stunning.
The acclaim arises because of a fascinating attention to detail. Each polished, chrome, round, rough, square surface is represented in intricate detail. All the myriads of angles and surface textures mirrored in perspective. There, all laid out in drawing lines and penciled textures, these are images that occupy depth and space organically.
Four of these multi award winning works in grahite have been published as limited edition lithographs.
“The fact that I draw motorcycles on a white background is completely secondary to the fact that I am trying to produce fine art of the very highest order. Motorcycles have always held a deep fascination for me. A stationary motorcycle is a beautiful combination of balance, latent speed, power, and danger. At the same time they provide a number of different materials, surfaces, shapes, and textures to allow me to fully explore the parameters I have decided on.”
Brett A. Jones currently lives in Hervey Bay, Queensland where he works from his studio, Sea Of Pain Fine Art Productions. After more than 5000 hours of studio work over two years, he has finished a set of English playing cards. To see these hand renderings of the members of the Royal Household visit the WHITEKNUCKLE GALLERY