Locust Jones was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1963, and currently lives and works in Sydney. He has a Bachelor and Master of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Jones has exhibited extensively in Australia, New Zealand and internationally for the past decade.
Locust has undertaken artist-in-residence programs in Beirut; Seoul, as an Asialink award recipient; and Hill End, following which he presented the recent solo exhibition Locust Jones: Some Mistakes Were Perhaps Made at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. He has held solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Christchurch, Beirut, Dusseldorf, Mumbai, Berlin and New York. Group exhibitions include I Walk The Line: New Australian Drawing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and Freehand, Museum of Modern Art, Heidi as well as 24Hr News Feed at The Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand. His work is in numerous private and public collections, including those of Artbank, the Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, The Australian War Memorial Museum, Canberra, Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria, The Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Australia. He is represented by Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney; Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne; Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, Berlin.
“The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is turn on the radio, then the internet – Al Jazeera followed by other world mass media internet sites. I listen to stock market quotes, financial information, reports on who has died, what plane has crashed, what politician has been assassinated, what climate change disaster is coming, endangered species and nuclear accidents.
I stand next to a wall scribbling down all the facts and figures on cupboard doors in the kitchen while I wait for my coffee to brew. All this information is channeled into my drawings and paintings. I then go out and buy the current newspapers and books and magazines from op shops. I have the radio on or live web stream from Al Jazeera while I work. I am permanently plugged into the chaos of the day.
Through all this information I try to make sense of the big picture.”Locust Jones