My name is Christoper P Jones, and I am a writer of fiction (short stories, novels) and non-fiction (art history and criticism, creativity, philosophy). I publish art reviews and I have awarded ‘top writer’ in art, history, travel and creativity on Medium.
I was born in the West Midlands, England, and I currently live in Leamington Spa. After studying Philosophy and Mathematics at university, I spent a few years travelling and painting, and during that time nurtured ambitions of becoming an artist. I came to cherish the works of Paul Klee, Jacques-Louis David, George Grosz, Juan Gris, Jannis Kounellis, Lotte Laserstein, Christian Schad, Fra Angelico, and Otto Dix. With a small number of paintings sold, but far too few to make a living, I returned to education, studying an MA in Art History, at which time I began thinking and writing about the story of art.
My dissertation focused on fifteenth century Italian fresco painting, in particular, the role of depicted prayer gestures in the meanings of the fresco art of the Franciscan and Dominican Orders.
I have since published writing about art and culture, and regularly contribute to art, travel, history and creativity on Medium. I started taking fiction writing more seriously in my early thirties, and since then have written lots of short stories and a couple of draft novel manuscripts.
I am a member of the LSA (Leamington Studio Artists) and have written for their excellent quarterly magazine Artspace.
I am also an artist, painting mainly in oils and watercolours. My artwork can be seen here: http://chrisjonespaints.co.uk/
I am a member of Impact Hub Birmingham, a lively collective of artists, social change-makers and entrepreneurs attempting to make a positive difference in the communities of the Midlands. You can read more about my experiences of being part of Impact Hub here.
As far as official qualifications go, I hold an MSc in Art History from The Open University and a BA (Hons) in Mathematics & Philosophy from The University of Southampton.
I have been lucky enough to enjoy many travels, including trips across Russia and Siberia, China, Japan, Europe and the USA. Recently I went to the beautiful island of Mauritius. Over the past few years, I’ve also been visiting many of the islands of Greece, and admiring the writings of Lawrence Durrell (Bitter Lemons, Prospero’s Cell) in the process.
I am available for commission.