My name is Christopher P Jones, and I’m an art writer and novelist.

Christopher P Jones, art writer & novelist

Art Writing

My new book is out now!

What Great Artworks Say, uncovers the hidden messages and subtle details of some of the world’s most famous works of art.

By looking at the history of the artist, the techniques, customs and influences at the time, this book opens up the deeper meaning of more than fifteen essential works of art.

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What Great Artworks Say
Berlin Vertigo, historical fiction set in 1930s Germany, by Christopher P Jones

Fiction

My trilogy of Berlin-based novels centres around a group of friends living at the end of the Weimar period, just as the Nazi party are rising to power. Their stories involve betrayal, kidnap and suspense, as well as exploring the political and cultural landscape of this fascinating era of history. Step into 1920s Berlin, a time of cabaret and jazz music, and so much more…

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Art Critic

I review art exhibitions, specialising in modern and contemporary art. I am the London Art Critic for Riot Material magazine, a print and web arts journal. A selection of recent reviews include:

Corrosion And Other Maladies In Peter Doig’s Latest, Paintings

Beyond The Weeping Muse: Dora Maar

Tracey Emin: A Fortnight of Tears

Peter Doig review
A Bar at the Folies Bergere by Edouard Manet

Art Historian

I write articles and essays on art history. My particular areas of interest are 20th century German Expressionism, 19th century French art, and contemporary painting. I am currently working on an idiosyncratic guide to the National Gallery, London, and a new book How to Read Paintings.

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Cultural Critic

I publish art and cultural criticism and I have awarded “top writer” in art, ideas, inspiration, history, travel and creativity on Medium where I regularly publish. My collected Medium articles can be seen at Thinksheet magazine.

I write about contemporary culture, covering such topics as social media, travel and philosophy:

The Netflix Effect

Social Media and the Digital Gaze

When Our Heroes Fall (On Michael Jackson and narratives of condemnation)

Stanley Spencer, Patricia Preece, 1933

Cultural Critic

I publish art and cultural criticism and I have awarded “top writer” in art, ideas, inspiration, history, travel and creativity on Medium where I regularly publish. My collected Medium articles can be seen at Thinksheet magazine.

I write about contemporary culture, covering such topics as social media, travel and philosophy:

The Netflix Effect

Social Media and the Digital Gaze

When Our Heroes Fall (On Michael Jackson and narratives of condemnation)

Contact me

I am actively seeking new opportunities in the fields of art criticism and art history. Please contact me for more.

From the blog

I Look At This Painting Everyday

I Look At This Painting Everyday

For a few years now, I’ve had a postcard of this painting tacked to my study wall. It’s called Pennsylvania coal... View Article

I just started a Patreon page…

I just started a Patreon page…

https://www.patreon.com/christopherpjones I’m incredibly excited about what’s ahead, about the books I want to write and the year ahead. I write about... View Article

How to Read Paintings: At the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse-Lautrec

How to Read Paintings: At the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse-Lautrec

This scene shows a group of friends in the bar of the Moulin Rouge. The figures socialise against a backdrop... View Article