Artist of the Month: The Lost Drawings of Charles “Bonesy” Jones

Vision of God Laughing by Charles "Bonesy" Jones

The Vision of God Laughing by Charles "Bonesy" Jones

In 2008, three years after the death of Charles Jones,  a student working on her doctoral dissertation at Steiner College was cataloging his correspondence from the 1990s when she noted that many of the letters from 1994 included copies of drawings that Jones had been working on. After some further research, she found there were two specific series that he kept mentioning: The 10 Images of Incarnation and The 10 Interpretations of the Ox-Herding Sequence. Of each of these, only poor copy and sketches were included in the correspondence. No one had ever seen the originals.

Yab Yum by Charles "Bonesy" Jones

Yab Yum by Charles "Bonesy" Jones

Jones had a somewhat nomadic life, never settling down in any one place for long. Being an exceptionally prolific artist, he often left boxes and trunks full of his work at various locations. After some tracking, seven boxes were found at the 53rd Street Hermitage in Austin, Texas – where Jones had lived for a short time in 1994. Amongst these, were two boxes full of miscellaneous drawings – including the two series mentioned in the correspondence. However, all of the boxes had been stored in an open garage and the contents had suffered severe damage.

Hey Mom, Do You Remembers Me? by Charles "Bonesy" Jones

Hey Mom, Do You Remembers Me? by Charles "Bonesy" Jones

The papers were taken to the Steiner Archives where they underwent extensive restoration procedures. Many of the papers and drawings were too damaged to save. However, the two series of drawings previously mentioned were restored to fair copy. At this point, they were transferred to digital files. Consequently, due to the fact that I am the custodian of the Charles Jones Digital Archive, I was notified of their existence and given license to exhibit them here for the first time to the public.

Ox Herding Sequence: The Bone by Charles "Bonesy" Jones

Ox Herding Sequence: The Bone by Charles "Bonesy" Jones

The Lost Drawings of Charles "Bonesy" Jones

The two series of drawings are further testament to the extraordinary talent of Charles “Bonesy” Jones. I am honored and delighted to be able to present them here – even in their degraded form. And I must express my gratitude and deep respect for the talented archivists at Steiner College for the outstanding job they did. These drawing are a great contribution to the enduring legacy of Charles Jones.

The Ox Herding Sequence: Souce by Charles "Bonesy" Jones

The Ox Herding Sequence: Souce by Charles "Bonesy" Jones

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