Krista M. Jones
Artist / Symbolist
My current work centers on symbolism and several figurative series that explore the human experience through unconventional self-portraits, fragmented landscapes, and avian themes. At times the work mirrors aspects of expressionism, cubism, and abstract expressionism with a tendency toward deformation and dislocation of shapes and subject matter. These dreamlike landscape paintings are meant to captivate and move the viewer through an experience. I am interested in breaking down subjects into simplified forms and putting them back together in complex ways that challenge the mind, offering the viewer just enough visual cues to create their own story. By using color forms that make up this kind of patchwork, I can simplify busy streets and unseen lives into meditative and connected patterns. Through focus subjects, such as birds, I process life while depersonalizing the work so it can reach a wider audience. Ultimately, all my work is rooted in the desire to understand my human existence, to feel connected, and share with the world around me.
Krista M. Jones, also known as JONESY, is a contemporary artist, based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is best known for her vibrant, symbolic patterned murals and complex canvas paintings. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbus State University. Her canvas works have been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States, including The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning; LAC-Lawrenceville Arts Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia; MOCA GA- Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia; ABV Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia; Blue Mark Studios in Atlanta, Georgia; MINT gallery in Atlanta, Georgia; Echo Contemporary Art in Atlanta, Georgia; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta, Georgia; DooGallery in Atlanta, Georgia; Red Ink Studios in San Francisco, California; Kibbee Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a multiple grant recipient, including the Laura Patricia Calle grant, Gwinnett Creativity Fund grant, Georgia Council for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts grant to help support her solo exhibition at the Hudgens Center for Art & Learning.
She has received public art commissions from notable clients such as the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, the City of Atlanta Department of City Planning, the City of Chamblee in conjunction with St. Vincent de Paul, The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning, the City of Doraville, Mill Creek Residential/Modera Vinings, Jon Ossoff for Senate, Sugarloaf CID, Atlanta Beltline, Inc., Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Livable Buckhead, Path Foundation and Living Walls, the City Speaks. Her murals around the Atlanta metro area are rich with vibrant colors, stylized flora/fauna, and patterns.