Michael Jones

Artwork on display at Gallery Beneath

Selected Artwork Previously Sold at Gallery Beneath

Born in Macclesfield Cheshire, England in 1956, Michael arrived in Australia at the age of 12 in 1968 with his family. He worked with his builder father from the age of 17 until 1984 when he joined the NSW Police Force and held a variety of positions over the next five years including riding a motorcycle to prosecuting. In the late 80’s, Michael lived in Broken Hill NSW where he was mentored by Pro Hart, Peter Browne, Clark Barrett and Howard Steer and continued to visit and paint with these fellow artists from time to time after returning to Western Sydney to work with South Western Legal Services Branch. In 1998, Michael retired from the Police service largely as a result of injuries sustained from a high speed accident during a police pursuit. He returned to Broken Hill, renewed friendships with all the old crowd and continued to paint from a small miners cottage in Morgan Street. A long held dream came to life when Michael bought his own gallery in the little mining town of Derby in Tasmania in 2001. Opening “The Red Door Gallery” marked the beginning of a whole new life for Michael. Not only was the gallery a success, but during the following year, a reunion with his long time friend, Peter Browne led him to visit Bali on numerous occasions and to start a new business importing furniture and art works from that region. Shortly thereafter, Michael met and fell in love with Sushu who became his wife. The newlyweds spent half a year living in Bejing before returning to Derby where they continued to run the gallery until moving to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland in 2003. . Michael's work can be found in many collections around the world; they have found their way to Canada, USA, England (where he is represented by the Paragon gallery in Macclesfield), Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Guilin, Beijing. as well as around Australia. His work is collected by notable artists including Rolph Harris, Pro Hart, Peter Browne, Shane Gehlert, and politicans such as, John Fahey, Peta Seaton, and Wal Murray. The NSW Police Force have one of Michael’s montage's hanging in the chapel at the Goulburn Academy. Michael has been published in the "Artist's Palette" magazine, issue number 17, where 8 full pages were dedicated to Michael's outback images, with a stage by stage guide to one of his paintings of a sheep property south of Broken Hill.