Brian Jones, was born in 1948 in the Mid Wales town of Newtown, Powys.
As a youngster he was very keen on art and so on leaving school this passion led him to exhibit his collection of paintings locally in shops and exhibitions centres. Over the years his work grew in popularity and by the late sixties he chose to expand his artistic knowledge by studying fine art and calligraphy at the Shrewsbury College of Art.
In 1972 his talent was spotted by Laura Ashley who was very impressed with his work and suggested he came to work for her, and so in that year Brian started to work as a Textile Designer at her design studio, which was based in Carno, Mid Wales. Laura Ashley, herself, found enormous fulfilment in discovering old prints and Brian being a young Artist, proved adept at transferring them on to fabric. Virtually self taught, Brian Jones was to become a mainstay of Laura’s Design team, always having an instinctive feel for what would appeal, or not.
He had a good working relationship with Laura Ashley and had the privilege of working closely with her. She had a great eye for detail and colour, and under her guidance he had the sole responsibility for the Ashley fabric range in the early years. As the company expanded he chose to concentrate his talent on the home furnishing range, drawing his inspiration from historical references as well as the Welsh countryside which surrounded their factory.
During his time working for Laura Ashley he had the honour of meeting Princess Diana when she paid a visit to the factory in Mid Wales.
Having successfully worked for Laura Ashley for a number of years, Brian retired from Textile Design in 1998 and with twenty six years of Design experience behind him, he looked forward to the new challenges ahead of him. One of those challenges was to embark on exhibiting his artwork of finely composed paintings which at that time included landscapes and still life. With his vast experience he has mastered the art of working in oils, acrylics and water colours. Having had many successful exhibitions, his popularity has resulted in his paintings selling worldwide. This success has also resulted in his exhibitions being featured on the Welsh arts programme "The Slate". He has continued his love of exhibiting his work and also has permanent exhibitions at Gregynog University of Wales and Newtown Library, Park Street, Newtown, Powys.
Hafren Gallery Exhibition 2015
Robert Owen Museum, Newtown
Robert Owen was one of the most influential thinkers and social reformers of his time. The Robert Owen Museum in Newtown, Montgomeryshire houses a collection of objects, pictures and written material relating to the life of Robert Owen. The Museum tells Owen's story and is in the centre of Newtown just a few feet from where Owen was born.
A series of Brian's paintings are available to view on the BBC website:
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