Chris Jones has been a full time artist for over twenty years and has painted a variety of subjects in that time - from exotic wildlife, studied during travels abroad, to familiar British and domestic subjects; from extinct and endangered species, to works involving elements of still life and portraiture.
He is best known for his realistic portrayals of poultry subjects (both of specific breeds, and larger works featuring many birds) but has recently turned his attention to another subject for which he has had a long-standing passion – orchids. Having kept them for many years, he is currently developing a body of orchid work alongside his usual poultry and wildlife output.
Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources, both past and present, his work often combines a meticulous technique with complex and intriguing compositions, to create unusual and arresting images - vibrant with colour and life, yet nuanced and truthful in their representation of individual creatures or plants.
He often works to commission, but has exhibited widely in the UK and US, including at the Royal West Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Society of Wildlife Artists, and has featured in a variety of general and specialist publications – one of his pieces recently making the cover of Country Life magazine.
2022+ International Orchid Show, Three Counties Show, Malvern
2022+ RHS Wisley, Surrey
2014+ National & Federation Poultry Shows, Midlands
2016-17 Great Dorset Steam Fair, Blandford, Dorset
2015 CLA Game Fair - Harewood House, Leeds
2014 CLA Game Fair - Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
2013 Wildlife & Sporting Art - Jerram Gallery, Dorset
2011 Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxfordshire
2009 ROI Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2008 Chris Jones - Contemporary Animal Painter - John Davies Gallery, Gloucestershire
2008 Animal Narratives - The Cheng-Kim Loke Gallery, Slimbridge
2007 Art & The Animal, Society of Animal Artists Exhibition, USA
2006 ROI Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2005 One Man Show, Guggleton Gallery, Dorset
2005 Birds in Art, Wisconsin, USA
2004 Art & The Animal, Society of Animal Artists Exhibition, USA
2004 Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Bristol
2003 Eastern Jungles to Western Shores - The Cheng-Kim Loke Gallery, Slimbridge
2000+ The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition - The Mall Galleries, London
1998-2000 Christies And Sothebys Auctions - Wildlife Art