John Jones taught as a lecturer in art for 20 years at further and higher education levels before taking early retirement to concentrate on printmaking from his home-studio at Staintondale on the North Yorkshire coast. He was visiting lecturer at the Museum school of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, a founder of Crescent Arts Workshop in Scarborough, and instigator, in 2003, of the annual Yorkshire Coast Open Studios event, which was expanded and developed two years later to become the North Yorkshire Open Studios.
Printing figurative colour linoprints is his specialism, with subjects being derived from a variety of sources, sometimes memorable sightings and occasions, or perhaps based on his coastal or moorland surroundings. His prints have been widely exhibited and sold over the past twenty years or so (an exhibitions listing is available if requested). A recent work is a suite of twelve 'Zodiac' prints, based on mediaeval stained-glass imagery. Overall, there is no single theme in his work, nor any particular issue to pursue through it. Exploring varied interpretations of chosen topics would often entail modifying his printing techniques. All the prints are made by the 'reduction-block' method, by which successive overlaying colours are printed progressively from the same linoblock or blocks, with the block(s) being cut or etched away (i.e.'reduced') between each inked-up colour stage. This ensures accurate colour registration, but also means that only one edition of each complete image is possible. He uses an 'Albion' cast-iron platen press, of circa 1840, to produce his prints. www.johnjonesprintmaker.com
Below are the seven printing stages for “Whitby Solstice Sunset”. 2 reduction blocks linoprint, edition of 32 prints