b. 1944, USA

Kim Jones Artworks

As an early 1970s performance artist doing endurance pieces that were initially overlooked, Kim Jones developed some of the extreme themes established by Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy, and the Viennese Actionists. Much of his material is autobiographical, especially works that reference his experiences as a crippled child with leg braces for Perthes disease, or his time as a soldier serving two tours in Vietnam.

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In 1974 Jones began a series of 'Mudman' performances, which included Wilshire Walk (1976), an 18-mile, 12-hour walk between downtown L.A. and Santa Monica—done twice, by day and by night. For these performances, Jones would wear light bamboo and latex scaffolding-like structures, such as Mudman Structure (Large) (1974–2008) or smear his body with mud and occasionally his own faeces. He also made a series of chaotic, very bodily ink-and-acrylic drawings based on his time in Vietnam. These contained images of violence and vivid conflict, cities under siege, coloured viscera, and mutilated animals.

Jones is a prolific producer of drawings and wall sculpture. While his work seems to emphasise the inglorious, abject, and squalid—alluding to trauma—his performance activities are seen as having spiritual connotations by some critics. Art historian Marcia Tucker sees him 'a shamanistic figure, performing solitary, primitive rituals in a time and place not his own, but belonging to other cultures and other lands. He is a catalyst, suggesting mythological beings (half man, half beast), the stuff of legends and fairy tales ...'

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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork painting, photography
Kim Jones Untitled Acrylic 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 Jones Untitled Ink and paint on canvas
97.6 x 132.3 cm
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Mudman Structure (large) by Kim Jones contemporary artwork sculpture, installation
Kim Jones Mudman Structure (large) Mixed media
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US Marine Jacket by Kim Jones contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Kim Jones US Marine Jacket Jacket, 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 Jones War Drawing Shirt, 1982–2011 Shirt, 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 Jones Untitled (doll), 2004–2010–2011 Plastic, 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 Jones Weather Control, 1975–2007 Acrylic 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 Jones Untitled, 1955–1999 Acrylic on xerox
43.2 x 27.9 cm
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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Kim Jones Untitled, 2005 Acrylic and ink on paper
59.7 x 83.8 cm
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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork photography, mixed media
Kim Jones Untitled, 2003–2009 Acrylic and ink on colour photograph
61 x 40.6 cm
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Mop by Kim Jones contemporary artwork mixed media
Kim Jones Mop, 2009 Wig, acrylic and ink
42 x 42 x 2.5 cm
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Untitled (Baby) by Kim Jones contemporary artwork sculpture
Kim Jones Untitled (Baby), 1973–2008 Wood, ink, acrylic, foam, nylon and cord
134.6 x 63.5 x 45.7 cm
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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork works on paper
Kim Jones Untitled, 2005 Acrylic and ink on paper
57.2 x 72.4 cm
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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork works on paper
Kim Jones Untitled, 1978/1984/2005 Acrylic and ink on paper
57.2 x 72.4 cm
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Athens Walk by Kim Jones contemporary artwork sculpture
Kim Jones Athens Walk, 2017 Mixed media
213 x 114 x 27.4 cm
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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork mixed media
Kim Jones Untitled, 1974–2002 Mixed media on colour print
83.2 x 110.5 cm
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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork works on paper
Kim Jones Untitled, 2005 Acrylic and ink on paper
57.2 x 72.4 cm
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War Drawing Shirt by Kim Jones contemporary artwork sculpture
Kim Jones War Drawing Shirt, 1982–2011 Shirt, wood, acrylic and ink
73.5 x 66 x 11 cm
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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork works on paper
Kim Jones Untitled, 1961/1962/2008/2009 Ink, acrylic, colour pencil on paper
52.2 x 67.7 cm
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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork mixed media
Kim Jones Untitled, 1986/2002 Acrylic and ink on photograph
40 x 60.3 cm
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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork photography
Kim Jones Untitled, 2012 Photograph
45.7 x 27.9 cm
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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork mixed media
Kim Jones Untitled, 2012/2014 Acrylic and ink on colour photograph
56.5 x 35.6 cm
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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork mixed media
Kim Jones Untitled, 2012/2014 Acrylic and ink on colour photograph
56.5 x 35.6 cm
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Untitled by Kim Jones contemporary artwork works on paper
Kim Jones Untitled, 1976/1985/2006/2011 Acrylic and ink on paper
76.2 x 55.9 cm
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