“Art is a celebration of life for me. It’s my way of communing with myself, my people and humanity. People are the center of my art. Their elegance, funk, courage, visions and cosmic character illuminate for me warm spirits of humanity and the universe.” – Benjamin Jones, 1977
Benjamin Jones was born in 1942 in Paterson, New Jersey and worked as a painter, sculptor, printmaker and instructor. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Paterson State College and his Master of Arts degree from New York University. Jones continued his studies long after his degrees to learn different artistic techniques such as printmaking and serigraphy. African history and imagery were important elements of Jones’ art. He traveled throughout Africa studying traditional African art and wrote a book on West African architecture and design. Additionally, Jones taught African Art at Jersey City State College.
Title: Funky Elegance 1/24
Artist: Benjamin Jones
Medium: silkscreen on paper
Dimensions: 38 x 29 7/8 inches
Accession Number: H77.40
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