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b. 1944, USA

Kim Jones Biography

Kim Jones, born in 1944 in San Bernardino (US), lives and works in New York (US).

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For more than thirty years Kim Jones has been working on a consistent oeuvre of drawings, sculptures, installations and performances.

Two moments in Jones’ life profoundly inform the content of his works. At a young age he was diagnosed with an illness that made him wear leg braces. During this fairly immobile period he developed a private magical world in his head and conceived his first war drawings. Also his participation as a soldier in the Vietnam War had a great influence on his oeuvre. After the war, in the mid seventies, Jones’ alter ego Mudman was born: the artist covered himself with sticks and mud and appeared in the city streets. Later on he used documentation of Mudman, as well as sculptures and installations that resulted from these performances to develop a hybrid oeuvre. His works can be seen as cultural representations of violence. Often Jones reworks certain drawings and sculptures, as if recalling a trauma or enacting a ritual remembrance. Also the frequent reuse of motifs and materials is an important aspect of his work.

The work of Kim Jones is included in the prominent public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; MoMA, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; LACMA, Los Angeles; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, amongst others.

The work of Kim Jones has featured in group exhibitions such as the Sydney Biennale; Venice Biennale; Guggenheim Museum, New York; MCA, San Diego; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; MoMA, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles; The Drawing Center, New York. His work will soon be on show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington.

Kim Jones joined the gallery in 2002.

Text courtesy Zeno X Gallery.

Kim Jones Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork painting, photography
Kim JonesUntitledAcrylic and ink on photograph
30.5 x 45.7 cm
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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Kim JonesUntitledInk and paint on canvas
97.6 x 132.3 cm
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US Marine Jacket by Kim Jones contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Kim JonesUS Marine JacketJacket, acrylic and ink
78.8 x 51 x 13 cm
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War Drawing Shirt by Kim Jones contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Kim JonesWar Drawing Shirt, 1982–2011Shirt, wood, acrylic and ink
73.5 x 66 x 11 cm
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Untitled (doll) by Kim Jones contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Kim JonesUntitled (doll), 2004–2010–2011Plastic, wood, cord, acrylic and ink
96 x 61 x 25.4 cm
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Weather Control by Kim Jones contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Kim JonesWeather Control, 1975–2007Acrylic and ink on photograph
30.5 x 45.6 cm
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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork works on paper, photography
Kim JonesUntitled, 1955–1999Acrylic on xerox
43.2 x 27.9 cm
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