Ernest R. Jones began Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philidelphia, PA where he was an instructor, specializing in welded metal sculpture. He studied with J. Wallace Kelly and Richard Lieberman. Jones graduated with an AB degree in chemistry from Brown University, Providence, RI, and an extensive career in chemistry which ran concurrently with his art until her retired and became a full time artist. In it's 1967-68 exhibit, the Phildelphia Art Alliance established Jones as a leading artist in the field of metal sculpture. He was recognized as a prominent artist by the publishers of Artists USA in 1970-71, a comprehensive book on contemporary American artists.

 

His association with sculpture David Smith is to be noted in Mr. Jones' work. He spent part of his vacation for 3 years, (1962- 1965) in Bolton Landing, New York until Smith's tragic death in 1965.

 

ARTISTS STATEMENT: "I prefer sculpture to painting because it is 3-dimensional and does not have to depend upon illusion. It is. I prefer welded steel sculpture instead of wood or stone, because welding is an additive process rather than subtractive, you begin with zero volume and build out to your own unrestricted solution."

 

"I prefer 'found objects' in metal sculpture because I like to rescue rejected objects and find new identification for them in my sculptures."

 

Mr. Jones is represented in private collections in around the country.

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