Born in Chester 1960, studied BA Fine Art (Sculpture) at Loughborough College of Art and Design and an MA in Art & Design (Painting) at Leeds Metropolitan University. First worked as a mechanic for London Bicycle Company and then as a ceramic technician for David Hilton Tableware in London for seven years, before becoming a 3D Design and Sculpture lecturer in Oldham, Greater Manchester. Moved to Hampshire to become Head of Art and Design in a Southampton, Sixth Form College and now Head of Art and Design at Peter Symonds College, Winchester.
Mark Jones Velo Art paintings are custom made hand crafted original artworks that celebrate bicycles and cycling. 'Velo Art' and ‘Still life cycle’ acrylic on canvas range of paintings reflect a passion for the most efficient machine ever invented. Available as originals or prints they are often painted to commission and have been exhibited at the Look Mum No Hands Hackney Cafe, London and Zappi's Cycle Cafe, Oxford and the UK handmade bicycle show 2014 at the Olympic Velodrome, London.
Jones's 'Racing Silks' paintings depict order, chance, symbolism and geometry, they incorporate lustrous colours, simple pattern and bold forms. Their inspiration is drawn from the artists local Hampshire environment and from travelling around Europe. The Racing Silk paintings have been on display at the National Trainers Federation office in Lambourn and the Northern Racing College, Doncaster.
Roman amphitheatres and Greek arenas have fascinated the artist ever since he was a child marching around Chester's Roman city walls. The Deva amphitheatre has now been partially excavated and gladiatorial re-enactments entertain the tourists. The artist has travelled around the Mediterranean during summer holidays exploring these ancient architectural sites with their dramatic geometry and his paintings recreate memories of these visits. Exhibited in Manchester, Oldham, Leeds, Derby, Chester, Arles, Orange and the Mall galleries London.
Eroica Britannia Bakewell 2015
Bespoked Handmade Bicycle Show Bristol 2015 Arnolfini Gallery
YMCA Cycle Cafe, Winchester 2014
Bespoked Handmade Bicycle Show London 2014 Lee Valley Velodrome
Zappi's Cycle Cafe, Oxford Nov 2012
Look Mum No Hands, Hackney.London June 2012
Racing Silks St Leger Horse Park Visitor Centre, Doncaster 2008
Racing Silks National Training Federation Offices Lambourn 2007
Artists and Illustrators Exhibition London July 2003
Beatrice Royal Gallery Eastleigh 2002
Artists and Illustrators Exhibition London July 2001
Arts and Science Symposium presentation on Duchamp's manipulation of perspective Harvard 1999
You Make the Picture. Solo show. Oldham College 1999
Balearica Club, Solo show. Manchester
Bayer Earth Art Mall Galleries London. Highly Commended 1995
Manchester City Cafe Gallery joint show with Wendy Williams 1995
Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Open Exhibition Coopers and Lybrand Major Award 1995
Grosvenor Museum Open Art Competition, Chester 3rd prize. 1995
Derby City Open Exhibition 1994
Visionfest Liverpool. Two person show at the Everyman Theatre
Centra - Liverpool. North West network of Art and Design Colleges. Grand Hall Albert Dock 1994
'...Owt f' Nowt' Regional MA Group exhibition. Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery. Exhibition Coordinator 1994
Artists Open. Leeds City Art Gallery. 1994
Drumcroon Open exbibition - Wigan, Shortlisted for 2D award. 1994
MA Degree Group Exhibition, Leeds Electric Press 1994
Open and Out group Exhibition Oldham Art Gallery 1993
MA Degree Group Exhibition, Leeds Electric Press 1993