Stanley Jones MBE studied at Slade School of Fine Art in London. Following his Studies in London, he moved to Paris to work at the Ecole de Beaux Arts for a time before moving to the Atelier Patris, Montparnasse in Paris where he gained much experience in stone and zinc plate lithography and was also fortunate enough to work with artists like Giacometti, Le Moal, Sugali, Severini and Soulages.
In 1958 Robert Erskine persuaded Stanley to return to London to help set up the Curwen Studio and create an environment in which artists had the freedom to work in printmaking. At the same time he took up a post at the Slade School to lecture in lithography. It was a perfect combination enabling him to work with artists, students and to produce his own work.
Until recently Stanley was President of the Print Makers Council, which he helped found in 1964. Despite his busy life either working at Curwen or teaching in the Study Centre he has found the time to pursue his own career as an artist. Stanley uses lithography and painting and has had one-man shows as well as participating in mixed exhibitions in the UK and abroad. His work is in private and public collections throughout the world.
In 2010, Stanley Jones published his autobiography 'Stanley Jones and the Curwen Studio'. Printmaking Today reviewed it as “a thoughtful and accessible story of a remarkable man, in which we learn how artists have increasingly come to value the creative potential of printmaking.” The book, available for £35 and hand signed by Stanley Jones MBE, can be found in our online bookstore.
The work we have available was part of a solo exhibition Stanley had with the Curwen Gallery in 2013, titled 'Fragments from the Shropshire Landscape'. Made in retrospection, these images are based on landscape forms mostly, from the wilderness parts of Shropshire. Paint and various types of papers help in this transformation and make their contribution to each idea.