Pete Jones was born and bought up in Bangor, Wales. After studying at Chester School of Art he completed a degree in Fine Art (Painting) at Loughborough College of Art & Design during 1983. Pete's career took a "swerve" through the NHS, becoming a Learning Disability Nurse for 30 years before returning to full time painting in 2016. Having intermittently accepted a range of commissions during his Nursing career, he is now fully focussed on his art, working from his studio near Bangor.
He strives to convey a sense of place and time, endeavouring to create atmospheres through the use of colour and light. Portrait work attempts to capture an individual's character and humanity wthin a moment in time. portraits undertaken of former patients of Bryn-y-Neuadd Hospital (In which he worked for many years) have been well-received with 13 pieces being accepted into the National collections of Wales at Aberystwyth and Cardiff. His first major solo exhibition at Oriel Mon during the Summer of 2019 was considered by WALES ARTS REVIEW as being amongst the top 10 visual arts exhibitions in Wales during 2019.
He is currently exploring different media and themes, this includes painting, film and music. He is not precious about his work (This attitude a legacy of his "punk" past). He tends to work quickly, often being guided by "accidents" that happen during the painting process. He will occassionally completely re-work paintings with a view to creating something new and consequently many of the paintings have been "re-cycled". All work begins with an emotional attachement to the subject matter.
"Y BAE" (The Bay) a solo exhibition at Storiel, Bangor commencing September2021 (pandemic permitting).
"Annwn" exhibition at Ty Pawb, Wrexham which explores the themes of folklore, Welsh futurism and escapism. The exhibition has been named after one of the two paintings that Pete has submitted for the show. The exhibtion will be available to view via a virtual online show from 26th April, 2021 whilst the hope is that the actual gallery show will be able to open at some point during May 2021.
"Friendship bench" (Public art project) Bangor.
"Mountain Punk" - Paintings and drawings for a new book by author John Dexter-Jones.
"Associate artist" at Bangor 1876 Football club.
Group exhibition in Soest, Germany during May 2022. This event is being organised by the Hanseatische Gesellschaft and the theme will be: "FREEDOM - Europe - without boundaries."
“Art is a quintessentially human activity, made by beings fraught with longing and loss. It acts as a looking glass for society - showing us who we are. This definition of art fits Pete Jones like a glove: his work emerges directly from his experience of other human beings, seen in all their vulnerability and mortality - yet still astonishingly present. In time I am quite sure that Pete Jones will come to be identified as an important national treasure.”
Ed Povey, Artist, April 2019.
Storiel, Bangor, 2017
Royal Cambrian Academy, 2018
Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, 2018
Oriel plas Glyn y Weddw, 2019
Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth, 2016
Storiel, Bangor, 2017
Bangor Arts Initiative Gallery, 2017
Venue Cymru, Llandudno, 2018
Oriel Môn, Llangefni, 2019
Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda, 2020
Work in collections
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
National Eisteddfod of Wales,Cardiff - Schools Art Competition - First Prize 1978.